POLL: Will you be having an open bar/cash bar/drink tickets/limited bar?

posted 3 years ago in Reception
  • poll: What type of bar are you having at your reception?
    Open bar : (87 votes)
    54 %
    Limited open bar : (51 votes)
    31 %
    Cash bar : (7 votes)
    4 %
    Limited cash bar : (0 votes)
    Drink tickets : (3 votes)
    2 %
    Limited drink tickets : (0 votes)
    No bar/dry wedding : (5 votes)
    3 %
    (ETA) Tabbed bar : (3 votes)
    2 %
    Other (please describe in the comments) : (6 votes)
    4 %
  • Post # 3
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    Newbee
    • Wedding: March 2017

    We’re having an open bar.

    Post # 4
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2013 - Rhode Island

    We weren’t allowed to have a cash bar at our venue.  We chose the limited open bar option.  We had beer, wine, and a signature cocktail available.  I honestly can’t remember if there was champagne for the toast or not.  There probably was, but my husband and I don’t drink, so we just had sparkling apple cider.

    Post # 8
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2013 - Rhode Island

    @ju5tdance:  Yeah, I totally clicked the wrong button in the poll, LOL!  I thought limited open bar meant there was a limit on the bar tab, like guests couldn’t rack up an unlimited amount of money.  Then I read your descriptions and realized you meant the type of alcohol was limited.  Sorry about that.

    It may have been a state law instead of the venue’s rule.  I can’t remember.  It was $16/person regardless of how much they drank (or didn’t).

    Post # 9
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    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2013

    We had a full, premium, open bar

    Post # 11
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    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: April 2014

    We’re having an open bar, but only because my mom offered to pay for it. We were going to have a dry wedding, but that apparently offended my mom. Drinking is her favorite part of weddings.

    Post # 13
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    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: April 2014

    @ju5tdance:  He does, I dont. I’ll drink when I go out to a restaurant, but it makes me sick, so I dont do it often.

    Post # 14
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    We’re having a toonie bar (cash bar where it costs $2 a drink for all the non-Canadian bees). It will be a full bar with all types of liqour plus beer and wine. 

    Post # 15
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    Busy bee

    @ju5tdance:  I’m in New Zealand, and one of the places I was looking at offers a three hour beverage package of $44 per person, which is a limited open bar of house white and red wines, standard NZ beers, juice and soft drinks.  Catering packages at this place range from $58-$78 per person, so it’s probably on the cheaper side of average for wedding venues where I live.

    Post # 16
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    Busy bee

    @ju5tdance:  Oh, and there’s another place with catering packages from $55-$75, and they have beverage packages of $30 per person for one hour, $45 per person for 2 hours, and $58 per person for 3 hours.  Included in the package are sparkling wine, still wine, beer, RTDs, spirits, soft drinks and juices.  That’s a bit closer to open bar, although it’s not completely open – they specify a selection of wines, beer and spirits that are included in the package.

    ETA: Oh, and extra hours are $12/hr/pp, so if you wanted an open(ish) bar for a 6-hour reception, you’d be paying $94 per person just for alcohol.  Numbers like that are why I’m always amazed by the number of bees who seem to be able to afford to offer a full open bar!

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