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

posted 9 years ago in Reception
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  • Post # 61
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: March 2012

    In my area a cash bar is considered very rude and is almost unheard of.  In fact none of the venues I looked at even offered one, all have full open bar included in their pricing.  I’m pretty sure people’s views on open bars varies by where they life.

    Post # 62
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

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    @OttawaBride2011: Thanks girls! :):) I love weddingbee.

    Post # 63
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    Blushing bee

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    @Hobokenbride2012: Must be a NJ/NY thing. People would storm out of the wedding in my neck of the woods. 😉

    Post # 65
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    All of the NJ/NY weddings I have been to, except one, have been open bar. But geez, if someone took their gift and left, or stormed out of wedding b/c of cash bar, I’d say they shouldn’t be invited in the first place.  That’s just obnoxious.

    Post # 66
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    We are doing a cash bar. We can’t afford to pay for everyone’s drinks?! They are all probably going to be drinking a lot and I am sorry but I am already paying 6,000 for their food. It is totally common to have a cash bar. Don’t worry about it at all!

    Post # 68
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    Blushing bee

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    @EleanorRigby: It was a tongue-in-cheek saying poking fun at the New Yawker attitude. Not the cash bar. I am sorry you missed the joke.

    Post # 70
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    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2010

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    @Future Couture: You might be able to do a “toonie” bar, even if you don’t have toonies.  Find out from your venue if you could do a subsidized bar.  In that style, for each drink the venue charges the guest $2.00 or whatever cost you set, and tabs the remainder to you per drink. 

    I think having a token fee for drinks really helps with people not just putting down drinks and forgetting about them as they have the mentality that they “paid” for the drink, and want to get their money’s worth. 

    Post # 71
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    Blushing bee

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    @Future Couture: No problem! I know for a fact that New Yorkers have certain expectations of a party regardless of whether it’s a wedding, birthday, or funeral. I know a few people who would be insulted by having to pay for anything at a party, even down to coat check and parking. “Oh why didnt the bride and groom include that?”. I have heard it all. God forbid if you made a guest pay for drinks, your event would be the gossip of the year, not in a good way! Cash bar or no, it’s your wedding. Do what makes you happy. 

    Post # 73
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

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    @Future Couture:

    Well it blows my mind people EXPECT stuff like this?! Who do they think they are? Isn’t this suppose to be a party for the bride and groom not them? Not everyone has tons of money to do this. They have no idea what their situation is. I truly wish I could pay for everyone but weddings become sooo expensive. My best friend paid for everyone’s drinks and they ended up spending $15,000 on alchohol ALONE! WTF?! geeezzz…

    Post # 74
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2009

    I’m from Southwestern Ontario and I have only been to two weddings that were cash bars, and I have been to a lot of weddings. Our’s was open bar.

    Post # 75
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    Another Canuck, but from the west. I’ve only ever been to one open bar – the rest were toonie bars or cash bars. We’re having a cash bar, but providing a couple of bottles of wine per table to go with dinner. 

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