Post # 1
FI and I decided that we wouldn’t have a full open bar, rather we would give each person 2 drink tickets and have a cash bar afterwards. We’re having a brunch buffet, so I wasn’t planning on doing escort cards since it’s such a casual thing. Would it be weird to have someone hand everyone 2 drink tickets as they entered the reception room? I don’t know how else to do it, because there are a lot of kids coming, and I don’t want to just put 2 tickets at each setting. Ideas welcome!
Post # 3
When I was doing event planning for my old job, I’d mail out drink tickets to all the attendees about 2 weeks in advance. Inevitably, someone would lose/forget their tickets, so I brought extras to the event itself, in case someone forgot theirs.
You could also have someone hand them out, to adults only, at the door as the guests enter the reception.
Post # 4
Hm, is there anyway to leave the tickets out of the equation? Like could you do an open bar for the first hour and then go to cash bar (or no bar at all – just wine or something…that way you could set the number of bottles youd like to be opened total)? Maybe you could even tell your venue: we want to spend XX amount on alcohol and we want to close the bar when that amount is reached. I don’t know how casual the reception is going to be, but I would avoid the drink ‘voucher’ feel altogether if its possible.
Post # 5
In the invitation? People will probably forget them. My idea is crap.
Post # 6
I’m an event planner. My suggestion is to usually leave them at the place settings. Either on the plate or tucked into the napkins.
Post # 7
I think having someone hand them out at the door is a great solution. I don’t see anything weird about that! Mailing tickets out beforehand will be an extra expense to you, and people will lose them or forget to bring them.
Post # 8
If they are being handed out at the door how would you keep track of people that walk in take their seat and then walk out again for some reason and come back in. I think they should be handed out at the table when they are seated that way it would be easier to keep track of which guests already have their tickets.
Post # 9
I would put them in little tiny envelopes, labelled (so kids don’t get them!) and set them on display near the guest book.
Post # 10
You could combine two ideas here….
Have someone at the door handing the drink tickets out. Have the drink tickets be in labeled envelopes with the party’s name on front and the correct number of tickets inside! Put the enveloped in alphabetical order (maybe set them on a small card table with a table cloth) so the door person has an easier time.
Post # 11
I’m getting my greeter to ask them to sign the guestbook, welcome them and hand out tickets.
Post # 12
Great thoughts ladies thanks!!!