Post # 1
Our venue package comes with cocktail hour alcoholic punch, and unlimitied wine with dinner.
We have $2000.00 to put towards a bar but we are not sure how to do it? We are debating between a toonie bar, or drink tickets or a capped host bar. Was does everyone think?
Post # 3
Here’s the thing, if you told me it was open bar until a certain point, I’d load up on drinks before hand to try to pay less. It might not be the classiest thing to do, but I guarantee other people will do it.
In your situation, I would consider providing only certain drinks all night to try to stretch your 2000. So, I might offer beer and wine…and if I could manage it, a speciality cocktail. Your money will go further that way and you won’t have to worry about a ‘bar rush’.
Post # 4
- Wedding: February 2013 - Mansion House at the MD Zoo
I would do beer and wine (or just wine) after dinner, so from your guests’ perspective nothing changes. I don’t know how many people you’re having, but at a 200 person wedding, that’s $10/person. Our caterer is charging less than that to upgrade to a full open bar (instead of just beer/wine/champagne) for a full 5 hours so you can probably get out of there for under $2000 for just a few hours serving a limited bar.
Post # 5
If a toonie bar is common in your social circle, that’s the best choice. Capping an open bar at a pre-set spend is confusing for guests. They don’t know when it will run out, and those who do, will stockpile at the last minute. Drink tickets are awkward at a wedding, and don’t give a very nice impression.
Post # 6
I may be an idiot, but what is a toonie bar!?
Post # 7
Drink tickets tend to be a nightmare to organize, so I would avoid those. If your on a budget your best option may be a “limited” open bar for the evening. Meaning you would pay for beer, wine, and maybe a signature drink or well liquors for the night. Any top shelf drinks would be extra. You can also check on how your venue charges for wine- a lot of places default charge is per glass of wine, but its often cheaper/botte. (EX: a glass of chardonnay is $5.00, but a bottle is $15- you get a least 4 glasses out of a bottle, so your better off paying for the bottle.) This could help strech your budget as far as possible for the whole evening.
Post # 8
A toonie bar is a cheap cash bar. It’s common in some parts of Canada. The guests pay usually $2 per drink (which is a really good price for them) and the bride/groom usually pay a fee to the venue too. Toonie = two loonies = a loonie is slang for the Canadian dollar coin because it has a loon (big sea bird) on it.
Post # 9
Actually, a toonie is a 2 dollar coin, not two loonies.
Post # 10
Personally, I think the best bang for you buck will be with a select list… Wine, Beer and perhaps a “signature” cocktail during your Cocktail Hour, vs a Toonie Bar or a Ticket Bar.
Agree with the others, a Ticket Bar can be awkward & confusing for a Wedding.
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TO – LaurenKK: Agree with Kewii: in Canada we’ve gone to coins for what was our $ 1 and $ 2 Bills. The $ 1 coin has a Loon on it and is known as a Loonie, the $ 2 coin has a Polar Bear on it, and is known as a Twoonie (two loonies).
Because Alcohol is sooo expensive in Canada (HUGE Sin Taxes here…). Means Beers for example, START at $ 5 and Hard Stuff goes up from there… not uncommon to see Martinis at $ 12… PLUS ontop of that we pay Fed & Provinical Taxes PLUS Tip so that ball parks out at aprox 30%. An OPEN BAR here for a 4 or 5 hour Wedding could easily be $ 10,000 to $ 20,000 or more !!
(Not to mention the “liability” that we have here if we host an OPEN BAR… a DUI in Canada being a Criminal Offence)
So, a Toonie Bar offsets all that to a certain extent, the Guests pay $ 2, for each Drink, and the Host picks up the balance.
Hope this helps,
Post # 11
Side note: I had no idea what loonie or twoonie was. After reading I ask my jeopardy worthy SO if he knows what loonies and twoonies were and he goes “Looney Tunes, yeah of course..!”
Post # 12
@mufflerlove: IMO I would offer limited type of drinks for free rather than charge a little for drink or have drink tickets, some people may not bring money to a wedding etc. Or only enough for a taxi. Maybe limit it two 2 types of beer, 2 types of wine, 1 cocktail etc, and soft drinks?