Post # 1
The bees here are always saying that if you’re having a cash bar you should make note of it on your website/other place.
We are providing enough wine on the tables for three glasses per person during dinner, as well as one drink ticket per person, and if you want anything more or different than that, there’s a cash bar available.
I’m hoping those who just want to drink wine will pass off their drink tickets, and those who like beer/mixed drinks will leave the wine to those who like wine and we won’t have to use the cash bar too much.
How should I indicate on our website that a cash bar is available, but some drinks will be provided?
ETA: Cash bars are very common in my region. I’ve personally never been to a wedding that had an open bar.
Post # 3
maybe you could say something like “Wine with dinner provided. For those guests wishing to partake in other alcoholic beverages, there will be a location setup for your convenience where you may purchase additional drinks” and not mention the ticket, because it will be a nice little surprise when they get there.
Or maybe you can make it into a fun little poem…
“May all who come partake three drinks of wine
while we eat and be merry, and watch you all dine!
Then we grant you one ticket if you’re thirsty for more,
Or pass off your ticket and come to the dance floor!”
Post # 4
wow! you came up with that poem FAST! I’m impressed. 🙂 Anyway, how many guest are you having? I’d let people know on the website because you want people to bring money with them just in case??
Post # 5
I think what @princessleia wrote works. Definitely make sure you use the words “cash” or “purchase” in there so guests know that they need to bring money if they want to drink. Don’t be subtle about that one!
Post # 6
To be honest, I don’t think you need to let people know. In your circle it is the norm and you are providing wine and one cocktail which is not insignificant.
Post # 7
@princessleia – cute poem, awesome job off the top of your head!
We’re having somewhere between 85-100 guests. About 20 people don’t drink at all, so a per person flat fee (Almost $40 each) was out of the question.
I do want people to bring cash with them just in case. I’m hoping the numbers will work out that people won’t really have to use the cash bar. 3 wine, 1 other drink ticket per person, with 20 non drinkers throwing an extra 80 drinks into the mix, is pretty much enough for 5 drinks per drinking person. It’s only the people who are planning on partying pretty hard that would pay for drinks.
Post # 8
Wow! That was a great improv on the poem! I think it’s kinda cute and get’s the point across well.