Mandatory cash bar…how to word it on reception card?

posted 3 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

Can you have a jar of loonies and toonies available for guests to use so they don’t have to bring money? Regardless do not put it on the invite, use word of mouth or something but on the invite is a big no no. 

Post # 4
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@sillysillybee:  I’m not a fan of cash bars. Count me in the camp that states that you should be responsible for refreshments at your wedding, not your guests.

1. Can’t you pay the cost to the vendor? They can keep track and bill you at the end of the night.

2. Failing that, you could fill a bowl with loonies and twoonies for your guests to use at the bar.

Post # 6
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@sillysillybee:  Then I would keep the bowl of loonies elsewhere.

Post # 7
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

Give “loonies” as favors.  Make little bags like this: 

Put them at each plate where an adult will sit…

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@sillysillybee:  I went to the opening gala of Vancouver Craft Beer week, and we chose that event specifically because it said “all inclusive” and we were low on funds, and could pick only one of the many awesome events.  So, we were very surprised to find that we were handed 12 drink tickets (each for a 4 oz taster) at the door.  I’m very glad I went to the info desk to ask how much extra tickets were, because they were free.  The Liquor board seems to be of the opinion that, if there is any form of exchange/speed bump/whatever when one receives a drink, it makes it safer?  At any rate, perhaps that’s the sort of thing that’s going on.

If they’ll allow drink tickets, I would just do tickts, and have them available everywhere.  If not, do they have ANY minimum?  If not, I would just go to the bank, get a couple hundred bucks in nickels, and have them lying around in buckets, free for the taking, or give everyone $1 worth (20 nickels!) as a favour, at the ceremony.  More than anyone could possibly use.

 

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I agree with PP. I would give them as favors. Be creative. But don’t make your guests pay….

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

@peachacid:  Wait – so how does that work as a guest?

I get a loony (haha it’s fun to say) and take it to the bar?  But that’s not cash.  Or do you take it to a loony bank where someone gives you cash for your loony and then you take the cash to the bar?

Post # 11
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

I’d find some way to pass out money to guests.

Post # 12
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

@FleeSircus:  A loonie is a one-dollar coin.

Post # 13
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

@FleeSircus:  I think loonies are Canadian coins.  Like quarters, only worth more.

Post # 15
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

@FleeSircus:  I would have never known had I not been reading about cash bars here.  So don’t feel bad!

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