Post # 1
I think it’s pretty neat here on WB that you have so many people from different areas that are planning the same event and everything is so different! It seems like a lot of things are regional and I just heard about this ‘cash bar’ concept for weddings not long ago on WB. I work at a club that does weddings and from all the ones I’ve ever worked at and the ones I’ve gone to it’s just always an open bar (except my sis as I was 17 and didn’t care and it was a backyard affari) so I’m so intrigued that something that I just assumed was a given….isn’t! 🙂
Because of that, if I were invited to a wedding somewhere that isn’t in my area I would be SOL in the wine department that I love with dinner because I only ever bring $5 for valet and $2 or so for the coatroom tip if it’s cold. There just is no reason around here to bring any cash to a wedding beyond that. I doubt a lot of nice places have an ATM in the lobby, lol, so I guess I wouldn’t be able to have my wine
So – if you don’t mind satisfying my curiosty, Which is the norm for your area: Cash Bar or Open Bar? And….where do you live?
Post # 3
Open bar – Western Australia
Post # 4
I really don’t think this is a regional issue at all.
Post # 5
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?
Post # 6
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.
Post # 7
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
Post # 8
I disagree. If you really read a lot of the posts saying that all weddings are cash bars in their area and everyone would know to bring cash to a wedding it’s clearly regional. I’ve noticed a lot of those posters are from Canada but a lot of people don’t have their area posted – which is why I’m asking
Post # 9
Iowa/Illinois border – combo… usually beer and wine is hosted, liquor is cash
Post # 10
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.
Post # 11
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.
Post # 12
Open bar is the norm around here. South Western Ontario.
Post # 13
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!
Post # 14
Open bar in Turkey where I grew up, and open bar in Los Angeles where I now live.
Post # 15
- 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. 🙂
Post # 16
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.