(Closed) Is a cash bar the norm for weddings where you live? Or is open bar the default?

posted 7 years ago in Reception
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

Open bar – Western Australia

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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I really don’t think this is a regional issue at all. 

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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

Norm for Alaska is cash bar – maybe because we have heavy drinkers here?? ha ha ha. Well, we have tougher DUI laws here too, so maybe that’s why?

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Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

I’m on the East Coast, and I have never been to a cash bar wedding, only open bar. People who were on tight budgets may have restricted it to beer and wine, but around here, a cash bar would be considered tacky.

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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2010

the most basic ive seen for sydney is wine, beers (inc imported) and soft drinks

we’re italian and greek families so generally its the above plus spirits

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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Iowa/Illinois border – combo… usually beer and wine is hosted, liquor is cash

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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I live on the east coast – in NYC – of all the weddings I have been to in NYC, Jersey, Long Island, Westchester…they have all been open bar…never been to a cash bar once or really ever hear it discussed as an option.

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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

NY/NJ area and I have never been to a wedding with a cash bar. I’ve also attended weddings in AZ, D.C., L.A., Chicago, Ohio and Milwaukee and never encounterd a cash bar. I kind of think it is less a regional thing and more a social circle thing.

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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

Open bar is the norm around here. South Western Ontario.

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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

Will someone from Southern California or the Orange County area please tell me? I’ve only been to one very casual wedding with no bar at all, so I don’t know!

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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Open bar in Turkey where I grew up, and open bar in Los Angeles where I now live.

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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011 - Sydney, Australia

We’re having an open bar for beer, wine & soft drinks (& sparkling for toasts and cocktail hour) – and it’ll likely be open for cash if people want spirits/hard liquor. 🙂

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Buzzing bee

I’ve lived in 3 counties in CA, 1 in Washington, 3 in VA, and 2 in NJ, all the weddings I’ve attended in above had had open bars.

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