(Closed) Alcohol situation…

posted 6 years ago in Reception
  • poll: Are 2 drink tickets enough for a ceremony at 5 and reception imm following until 9?
    Yes, 2 is enough : (27 votes)
    33 %
    No- Need 3 : (11 votes)
    14 %
    Need more than 3 : (2 votes)
    2 %
    Drink tickets are tacky, forget this idea. : (31 votes)
    38 %
    Keep a host bar until it hits a certain cost, the switch to cash. : (10 votes)
    12 %
  • Post # 4
    1399 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    Is there a way you can buy a certain number of bottles of wine and beer and have them set out (chilled) for people to help themselves to? And then when it’s gone… it’s gone.

    Is the venue providing non-alcoholic beverages (water, soda, coffee. etc.)?

    Post # 5
    6015 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: March 2012

    I posted in your other topic too.  It’s not tacky, put up a cute sign, something along the lines of .. the first two are on us.  I’m sure you can google something more creative.  If you have the money for it it’s great, but if you don’t you don’t… it’s not like your not feeding people.

    Post # 6
    2951 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: February 1998

    I would just put some money on the bar tab and when it runs out everyone buys their own. This happened at most functions I’ve attended lately. As long as I get 2-3 drinks I’m more than happy to buy any more myself 🙂

    Post # 8
    9954 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2012

    I am a Canadian where Cash Bars are the norm…

    BUT I hear you on how quickly the Bill can add up for alcohol.

    In our case, we had a Back Home Reception Party that ran 5 Hours… and there was no sit-down meal, just a casual Hors d’ouevres assortment.  And Cake with Sparkling served (we ordered enough bottles to cover 2 glasses per person… OR whomever wanted to drink it until it was GONE)

    In Ontario, we only have consumption Bars (so no flat rate options are available)

    We had the Bar run a tab for all Pop & Juice orders (payable by us).  There was also complimentary Tea & Coffee available all night long (via our Caterers)

    We gave everyone a Cheers! – First Drink on Us Ticket (and explained what we had available for FREE… so they used their ticket wisely… such as for Beer & Hardstuff).  These Complimentary Bevs went on our Bar Tab as well.

    The whole thing, seemed to go over well with everyone… but this is Canada, where people appreciate any FREE Booze they get, because we all know what a HUGE expense this can be for a Host ($ 8 all in … Taxes & Tip is the norm here for just a Beer)


    Post # 10
    533 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I don’t think any form of cash bar is ideal, but you gotta work with what you have. I second the idea of putting a little sign up saying “The first two are on us!” As a guest, I would not be insulted- that is still two complimentary drinks. I would hope most of your guests would understand that money is limited, and the celebration is the most important thing 🙂

    Post # 12
    6 posts
    • Wedding: July 2013

    My only thought with drink tickets vs. limited bar tab is that Uncle Bob is probably capable of throwing back several drinks within the first hour, while I might only have one glass of wine.  I think tickets help because then I will get two drinks whenever I choose to have them, and won’t have to worry that all the alcohol will be gone before I get to the bar.  I think tickets are fine (and not tacky), and the other suggestions about a cute sign on the bar is great.  And congrats on the venue!

    Post # 13
    5400 posts
    Bee Keeper

    @2littleslauren:  most bees think cash bars or drink tickets are vile, so I fully expect that’s how your poll will turn out. My opinion is, if your guests have non alcoholic beverages covered, plus 2 alcoholic pp then that’s good. Just do not make them pay for soda or water–that’s horribly tacky IMO. As to whether it’s a good idea for your wedding, look to your own social circle. Have your friends/relatives had similar bars? If so and it’s expected, it’s fine. 

    Post # 15
    13248 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I would put money aside for the bar tab, and then when that cap is hit, turn the bar into a cash bar.  As much as I hate the idea of cash bars at weddings, I think drink tickets takes away from the formality and makes the event reminiscent of those events in college in which you were bribed to attend with two drink tickets… 

    Post # 16
    7561 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: January 2013

    What’s your budget? Could you close the bar during dinner so we’re only talking about 3 drinking hours? That may be a way to cut costs. 

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