Post # 1
I’m from the tri-state area, and open bar is pretty much expected at all weddings. Every reception package automatically comes with open bar, period.
However, after reading the boards and many bridal mags that suggest cutting down on booze as a way to save, it seems that this expectation varies greatly by region. I’m curious to see how it breaks down among the bees…
Post # 3
In my area it’s usually a full open bar, but our’s is a partial, it has some top shelf liquors and beer and wine and that’s it.
Post # 4
Open and Limited is “the norm” for every wedding i’ve been to lately…not sure if it’s an area thing or if it’s just our friends
Post # 5
I haven’t been to any weddings here that were not open bar or limited open bar. We are going with a limited open bar with a signature cocktail.
Post # 6
I’m not sure what the norm is for Arizona, but I’ll most likely be having a limited bar as most of the guests drink red wine or beer.
We also have a number of non-alcoholic drinkers so I want to have a selection of non-alcoholic and alcoholic margaritas as our “Signature cocktails”.
Post # 7
I don’t think I have ever attended a wedding out here in California (and I have been to many) that had a full open bar. Maybe they did and I didn’t notice since I tend to stick with beer or wine . But I think it is totally acceptable to only offer beer, wine, champagne, and a signature cocktail if you want. That is what we did, and it worked out just fine.
Post # 8
I honestly have never paid attention. I think at home it’s open or limited open, but here in Lex I’ve heard anything from open to cash… We’ll do a limited only because I’m not too keen on people getting absolutely TRASHED.
Post # 9
“I’ve never been to a wedding or a bar, I just wanted to click something”
J/K, out here I think it depends on how much money you have as to what type of bar you offer.
Post # 10
All but two weddings I’ve been to have been a full open bar. Those two were dry for religious reasons. I plan to do a limited bar (beer wine only) and I am 100% okay with that. If people want to look down on me because I don’t have liquor thats ok… I don’t want people doing shots at my wedding!
Post # 11
A lot of weddings I’ve been to in the Pacific NW are limited bar. Ours will be that way as well: Beer, wine, champagne.
Post # 12
I don’t really know what the norm is at other weddings since I only have been to mine recently but we had a completely open bar. Most people still just got wine or beer though!
Post # 13
I’ve been to weddings in Chicago, Orlando, NYC, Long Island, NY and Boston and they have all had open bar.
Went to one in Virginia and it was limited bar.
Post # 14
I’ve only been to one wedding in southern california that did not have an open bar. That one had open bar for the cocktail hour only and then a cash bar. Guests were shocked and dismayed, (i’m totally serious). So yeah, open bar is the norm here.
Post # 15
I am not sure what the norm is the area I am in now, but I’ve been to weddings here that range from full bar to cash bar *gasp* For us, we would like full bar but we are also on a budget, so we are hoping for a full bar, but if need be, we’ll do unlimited beer/wine and maybe a limited signature cocktail.
Post # 16
Limited beer and wine bars are really normal in Northern California. People tend to be really into microbrews and wine here, so no one minds, as long as the wine and beer aren’t swill. Instead people seem to splurge on good wine and beer.
I am personally doing that with a limited cocktail menu. We are bringing our own booze and bartender, so instead of buying everything to fully stock a bar (ex: both dry and sweet vermouth), we will offer about 6 cocktails, and have the fixings ready for a manhattan for grandpa (sigh and roll-eyes of love). We will have two rum cocktails, two vodka cocktails, and two whiskey cocktails, with cute menus.
I think we are going to be considered different, because we have cocktails at all, but we are already going against the grain, with a strolling reception and a lounge/nightclub feel instead of a sit-down dinner and highly programed reception.