Post # 1
I’m curious about what kind of bar situation other Bees are having? Our venue does not allow outside alcohol whatsoever so an open bar is not within our budget. We’ll be giving our guests 2 free drink tickets but they’ll have to buy their own drinks from the cash bar after.
Are you having:
-Open bar – free, a full selection of beer/wine/spirits
-Cash bar – guests must pay for all their own alcoho, full selection of beer/wine/spirits
-Limited drink tickets – each ticket is redeemed for 1 free drink – may be a full or limited selection
-Limited open bar – free but limited to just beer and/or wine (maybe just table wine or a champagne toast) and/or signature cocktails etc.
-Limited cash bar – guests must pay for all their own alcohol and only a limited selection is available
-Other – what creative solution have you come up with that I haven’t listed?
Post # 3
@ju5tdance: I’m having an open bar.
Post # 4
@ju5tdance: We had half price drinks for everything + 2 bottles of wine on each table which sat 8. Everyone seemed pretty stoked with it, alot of people were very unassuming and would have been happy to pay full price though
Post # 5
We are having champagne and nonalcoholic drinks only.
Post # 6
Limited open bar! 🙂 We are having a signature cocktails (1 or 2) during cocktail hour (and maybe beer and wine only-we haven’t decided- and of course fountain/nonalcoholic drinks), 2 bottles of wine on each table for dinner and a champagne toast. We want people to have fun, but we don’t want anyone getting really drunk- we are not party people at all. On the plus side, it also saves us a lot of money!
You list limited open bar, but it’s not included in the poll so you might want to add that. 🙂
ETA- a friend of ours did two drink tickets per person, but also announced that if you didn’t use your drink ticket, you could add it to a raffle! I think they had 3 nice gifts they raffled off- one was a kuerig (sp?). They also were older and it was their second wedding so they asked for no gifts and wanted to give gifts to their guests instead- kinda different/cool!
Post # 7
We are going to be having open bar with beer, wine, champagne, 2 signature drinks and possibly a whiskey/scotch tasting hour. I hunted down a venue that let us bring our own bartender, and a bartender that lets you buy your own alcohol. Huge $ saver!
Post # 8
Your poll choices don’t quite match up with your post.
We had an open bar. However, this is not typical in my area so I’m used to limited open bars and cash bars.
Post # 9
- Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA
We had a limited open bar – beer, wine, and a couple bottles of nice whiskey.
That’s not a poll option, fyi.
Post # 10
My situation doesn’t exactly fit, but I picked open bar.
We had free beer, wine and champagne available all night. During cocktail hour we also had free signature cocktails: Old Fashioned, Hurricane and Vodka Lemonade.
We knew that we could save a ton of money by buying our own alcohol, so that was a big factor when we looked at venues. I don’t think we seriously considered any venue that wouldn’t let us bring in our own alcohol. But we knew that having an open bar was a high priority for us. We cared less about quality (we got all mid grade stuff) but we know our friends and family like to drink. Everybody has different priorities. And that’s how it should be. I always just try to remind people to remember their own and not get caught up in other people’s.
Post # 11
I’m in Canada, and toonie bars are quite common here. Basically guests pay a toonie (our $2 coin) for every alcoholic drink and we get billed for the other $3 or $4. Pop/juice is free. And there is no limit on the type of alcohol.
Post # 12
We had an open, non-alcoholic bar, where guests had unlimited access to iced tea and a variety of sodas as well as juices served in stemware. The only alcoholic beverage at our wedding was a choice of champagne (or sparkling cider) for our toast.
Post # 13
We had a limited open bar. We offered free beer and two signature drinks. The rest the guests had to pay for. For only 91 guests I think it worked out fine.
Post # 14
- Wedding: September 2014 - Banff, Alberta
Other – Serving wine, mimosas, spritzers, juice and pop. Juice and pop is unlimited, we will be buying 35 bottles of wine, so that should be enough but technically that is limited. All other alcohol is cash bar.
Post # 15
We will have an open bar – I would rather limit my guest list than charge guests for anything
Post # 16
Limited open bar – we’re hosting beer and margaritas all night and wine for dinner. Guests will have the option to purchase other drinks as well.