(Closed) Perfect compromise between a cash bar and an open bar?

posted 5 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

we call those drink tickets. I think 1 ticket is quite cheap looking. I’d reccomend 3 tickets each.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2014 - Italian Villa

i like the idea! definitely more than one, though.

i will probably be doing this myself- there are also heavy drinkers on both sides for us

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House

I think this “ticket” system is pretty common. That way you’re still giving them something, but if they want to drink more, that’s up to them. I know I’d be perfectly happy with two drinks…

Post # 6
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I think that drink tickets (or chips) are a great compromise.

(side note: I have tons of family from Wasilla, can’t wait to visit there next summer)

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I’m not crazy about this, i’d think a perfect compromise would be to only serve what you can afford. Perhaps just beer and wine? 

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

@kariface:  

I agree. Can you just do open bar for beer and wine? IMO drink tickets are very cheap looking and worse than a cash bar.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Sounds like this will work great for you – but you still have the logistics of telling people they will need cash (or cards if the bar accepts them) if they want more than one or two drinks. 

 

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I’ve been to a couple of weddings with drink tickets. I’d give each person at least two.

Also, you probably will want to make signs for the bar that explain what is included. Like – can they get soft drinks for free? Or do they have to use a ticket on that?

Will there be water/tea/something else on the tables for free?

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Can you set upa wedding website and announce it on there? Then spread word of mouth about the website and the ticket situation

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2017 - Vegas Wedings

I agree with several above posters. I think this still looks cheap, maybe cheaper than a cash bar, and you will still have to tell guests to bring money. They way I figure, if you give them 1 chips/ tickets that is 1 drink for cocktail hour and 2 chips mean 1 drink for cocktail and 1 for toasting. If this is common in your area scratch the above, but I would say just have a dry wedding over this. Or have a keg and get some cases of wine and have the bar be open.

@kariface:  +1

@VAwife:  +1

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I think it’s a great compromise! 2 tickets would be perfect.

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I agree with the ladies who think it would be better to just offer beer and wine than limit your guests. I get that you have heavy drinkers coming, but they are still your guests and it is still your party. I always think you should just go with what you can afford to provide, and not make your guests pay for anything at your party. 

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

To the OP, you’d be offended and put out if someone invited you to their home, then gave you 2 drink tickets and told you to pay for the rest of your drinks, right? 

This is the same thing. 

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