Post # 1
I Need Help!
Im getting married in Jamaica Nov 2016 with about 30 close family and friends. I am also having a back home wedding celebration Jan 2017. I plan to invite 200-250 guests (seated). As this is will be our secondary celebration, I would prefer not to have a seated dinner, but maybe a few light finger foods or maybe all desert options. The bulk of our wedding budget will be utilized for our Jamaica wedding, so accommodation of our budget is another reason why a seated dinner isn’t our first option. I also plan to DIY many of the decorations to accommodate the budget as well. For lack of better words, it will be a fully seated cocktail reception with traditional elements included (Cut Cake, Bride and Groom Dance, Bridal Party dance, etc ).
The real issue is Alcohol!
I cant afford open bar….. so im thinking of maybe doing a tab bar (Covering the Tab until we hit $750 and then the bar changes to Cash bar?
Another Idea I had was creating a signature drink and just covering that amount ($750) on that specific drink until we reach the tab… and then it changes to Cash Bar.
….How would I word this on the invitations?
Thanks So Much
Post # 2
$750 won’t go very far with 200-250 people (a lot of people may not even get a first free drink) and it may be hard to word partial payment on an invitation to reflect this (i.e. if people see tab bar, they may expect to have at least 1-2 drinks covered).
Would it be possible to pay for a champagne toast (put the $750 towards that) and then just do straight cash bar for all other drinks? I’m not a huge fan of cash bars, but definitely understand the dilemma. I think the cash bar part should be clear to guests – so it may just be simpler to do all cash bar for ease of relaying the information. I’ll be interested to read other’s responses!
Post # 3
I’m sorry. You think that $750 would cover 200-250 people? Honey, that will barely cover the first round. Trust me.
My open bar was well over $5000 and I only had 150 guests. You gotta get back to reality. $750 would barely cover wine/beer for 100 people at cost.
Post # 4
Also, our signature drink was $950 for 150 guests and that was quoted for ONLY THE COCKTAIL HOUR.
Post # 5
Why not just cancel this at home reception and save your money since it seems that throwing this party is financially straining?
And if you do go with this celebration please nix the bridal party dance. There shouldn’t be a bridal party because you are already married. You and your H opening the dance floor is fine. But no other spotlight dances. You and your H cutting the cake is fine too. But any other traditional wedding items should not occur, because this is not a wedding.