(Closed) Anyone doing/have done a cash bar?

posted 7 years ago in Reception
  • poll: Are you doing a cash bar?
    No way, Jose! : (145 votes)
    51 %
    Yes, we are! : (71 votes)
    25 %
    Select Drinks, with cash bar : (58 votes)
    20 %
    Other : (13 votes)
    5 %
  • Post # 4
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    Legally, we had to, at a minimum of 2.50 a drink. It is VERY common to have a cash bar here so it was no surprise to our guests. Works out great because you can pretty much cut your liquor costs out. 

    Post # 5
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    I chose “select with cash bar” but my select drinks will be several red and white wines, domestic and imported beers, and three signature cocktails.  If someone can’t find something they like in that group, then yeah they’ll be buying it.  My venue charges about $10 per average cocktail, so if someone ordered a double or a martini I’d be effed.

    Post # 7
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    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2010

    We had wine on the table and (gasp) one drink ticket per person since my family mainly drinks mixed drinks, and then it was a cash bar after that was gone.

    Honestly, cash bars are super common here.  I don’t think I’ve ever been to a wedding with an open bar.

    Post # 8
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    @Future Couture: Definitely common in my neck of the woods. IMO 2.50 a drink is dirt cheap where I come from!

    Post # 9
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    I have been to a cash bar.  Not even free beer/wine or anything.  I just couldn’t believe it! 
    Especially considering the people who got married.  I think I would have been okay with it had we been notified in advance, but instead we had to search out an ATM etc… it was just really inconvenient. I would never ever do this! If they had a basic free bar (like beer & wine) that would have been fine, but as for me I will cut out other expenses so my guests can drink if they so choose.

    That being said…  We are having our VR in the same park we got married at.  They only allow Beer with a permit, which we are getting and supplying 3-4 types of beer.  Then… after that, because its an afternoon ceremony and the park will close about 6ish so the whole thing will be like 4-5 hours long, which is NOT long enough imo…  we are going to rent a party bus, to take us to some of our favorite dive bars round town.  It will be up to the guests who want to go to pay their own way then.  

    But, no, I wouldn’t have a cash bar.  If I had to only serve beer and wine and maybe 1 or 2 well drinks, I would do that, but I would never have a cash bar.

     

     

     

    Post # 10
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    Since I’m having a wedding dinner, I am offering wine w/ dinner only and then cash bar after that.  Nearly half of my guests do not drink, so it didn’t make sense to pay for all you can drink.

     

    Post # 13
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    1058 posts
    Bumble bee

    We will be providing two bottles of wine per table 1 bottle of white and 1 bottle of red and a champagne toast. Then we are opening the cash bar.

    Post # 14
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    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2010

    @Future Couture: I was actually just thinking about putting a post on the Canada local board.  Seems we’re always the ones chiming in with the cash bars.

    I think it’s because liquor is much more expensive here, and our liquor laws don’t allow a per person rate for open bars in most provinces.  So, we’d have to actually pay like $8.00 for each of the watered down drinks they serve at most wedding venues.

    Post # 15
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: November 2010

    Australia is big on wine and beer, especially as our wine and beer is so good. It is the norm and what we did to either select 4 or so kinds of wines ie a Riesling and Savignon Blanc (white wines) and a Shiraz and Cab Sav (red wines) plus a champaigne and maybe 3 different types of beers.

    Generally you ensure there is enough to last the 6 hour duration of the wedding, ie we bought 120 bottles of wine altogether (at $20 a bottle this cost us around $2400 (only used 70 in the end for 60 guests, meant we have had lots of wine at home ever since.

    We purchased the wine ourselves and paid corkage at $10 per bottle but as it only cost us $20 a bottle it was still cheaper than the venues which started at about $40 and ours was much better quality, Beer and soft drinks just went on the tab which we paid for after and this cost us about $1500.

    Not many people drank spirits, but if they did they purchased themselves from the bar. I dont htink anyone drank cocktails, not that popular at weddings in Australia.

    All in all we spent $2400 on the wine but only used about $1400 worth, plus $700 corkage plus $1500 on beer and soft drinks is a total of  $4600 – $1000(wine we kept) total was $3600. This is why we didn’t pay for spirits.

    Post # 16
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    Funny, I’m from Ontario and now live in California and I find that the liquor laws are much more strict in California.  I’ve had quite a few friends get married at very nice venues where they were allowed to bring in their own beer/wine/liquor, so it was very affordable to have an open bar.

    In California I started out looking for a venue that would allow this, and pretty much the only option would have been my own backyard (not an option).  Additionally, while some places have a per person count for an open bar (mostly golf clubs and some hotels) others were charging upwards of $10-$15 a drink! 

    Finally, there are venues here in California that only have a beer and wine license, no hard liquor allowed!  Now that is going to through off a lot of my guests as 75% are traveling from either Canada or Europe! 

    That said, we are having a cash bar during the dancing/reception portion of the evening.  We will have select wines and beers available during a cocktail hour, during dinner, and then a larger list available to purchase by the bottle or buy the glass after dinner.  I’d love to be able to have an open bar all night, but it simply isn’t in the budget! 

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