(Closed) The BEST Way to do a cash bar…

posted 5 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
Member
4441 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall

I would prefer the latter, tickets at a wedding sounds weird to me.

Post # 4
Member
107 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

We’ll be doing fully open bar for cocktail hour, then a cash bar for the rest of the night.   As our ceremony and reception will all be done in one room, we’ll also be offering a signature cocktail to our guests upon arrival prior to the ceremony. Cocktail hour will start immediately following the ceremony, then a toast and cake cutting about an hour later, at which time the bar will switch to cash.  We are not having a dinner, just hor d’oeuvres, as the wedding will be held at 7:30 on a Friday night.

Post # 5
Member
1548 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I would prefer having the full bar during cocktail hour and then a cash bar for hard alcohol after that. It gives everyone an option. I don’t really like the idea of tickets. 

Post # 6
Member
3755 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

I think tickets will be off-putting. I would just do the open bar during cocktail hour. We are going to piss everyone off and do cash bar all night, sorry just can’t afford it! Plus we have quite a few heavy hitters so it’s just safer this way!!! 

Post # 7
Member
12830 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Drink tickets remind me of events in college that we were basically bribed to go to with the “two free drinks!”  I would rather the cocktail be an open bar and then converted to a cash bar after the fact if you’re going this route.

Another option is to determine how much you’re willing to pay for alcohol and tell the venue that it’s an open bar until the tab hits $X, then it becomes a cash bar.

Post # 8
Member
2061 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Agree with PPs – full bar during cocktail hour and cash bar thereafter.  Drink tickets remind me of a school or work function!

 

Post # 9
Member
2287 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: Central Park

I’d rather have a full bar during cocktail hour

Post # 10
Member
7430 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I also vote for full bar at cocktail and cash bar after. 

Post # 11
Member
265 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

No tickets. That reminds me of work Christmas parties or beer gardens at the fair. No one will miss the hard alcohol. I’ve been to both types of weddings, and I had an open bar at mine. If I had to make the choice, I would have just done beer and wine. Can you just get a few handles of whiskey or vodka to put behind the bar? That might be a compromise.

Post # 12
Member
1399 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@mrsmilam13:  I really say host what you can afford, and wine, beer, sangria + non-alcohol is more than enough… but if you’re set on doing some kind of hard liquor, I’d do it during cocktail hour only. No tickets or chips. 

Post # 13
Member
2840 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I vote for the second option, too.

Post # 14
Member
2638 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2006

Honestly, with all that you’re providing, I’d just have the mixed drinks be cash the whole way through. That seems like plenty of options. But I would avoid the tickets.

Post # 15
Member
233 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

Can you do your original – beer, wine, sangria, etc. all night and then let guests have the option of purchasing hard alcohol on their own if they want? In my experience, people like free things…they will likely stick to whatever is offered to them. If you have a full bar for cocktail hour, they are going to take advantage of the hard alcohol then and be a little annoyed at a cash bar later. But, if beer, wine, and sangria is free all night they will be happy!

The topic ‘The BEST Way to do a cash bar…’ is closed to new replies.

Find Amazing Vendors