(Closed) Bar: which would you prefer as a guest?

posted 6 years ago in Reception
  • poll: Which would you prefer?
    Option A: Cash bar : (9 votes)
    12 %
    Option B: DIY open bar : (66 votes)
    88 %
  • Post # 3
    366 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: March 2013

    Have you checked to make sure that a self service bar is allowed at your venue? A lot of places require a certified bar tender. 

    If it is allowed I like the idea of a self serve. I remember watching a Sandra Lee christmas episode on Food Network where she made different cocktail stations with all the needed mixers and instructions. That always seems super cute and fun.

    Post # 4
    2715 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    Open bar hands down!  Don’t make your guests pay for things at your wedding.  However, will your venue let guests make their own drinks?  I can see issues arising with people make too strong of drinks (for themselves and others) or not knowing when to stop.  I would definitely try and get a bartender.

    Post # 5
    9482 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2012

    I voted for DIY open bar (we’re having one as well), but only if your venue allows it.  Luckily, we’ll be in Future In-Laws backyard so there won’t be any issues.

    Post # 6
    10366 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2010

    Ditto on checking to see if that is allowed/legal. DIY bars are usually not allowed at venues. It opens the door for minors to serve themselves, and for people to overindulge. It opens the venue up to legal action/liability.

    But if it is allowed, do the DIY route. $3000 for an open bar is actually quite reasonable, though.

    Post # 7
    3718 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    I would definately recommend hiring someone to bar tend– any sober person would do. Drunk people always overpour (… that is how I wake up misserable in the morning. It is so bad that I can no longer make my own drinks)

    Post # 8
    1676 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    As a guest, I wouldn’t mind the DIY bar at all. I would rather have free drinks I had to make myself than pay for them. I might think it was a little odd but not a problem. 

    Post # 10
    40 posts
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I think it really comes down to making your wedding day memorable.  Your guest should be happy and focused on you sharing your special day with them…not the alcohol.  Are you on a strict budget?  If so, place a cap on the alcohol and guest pay themselves once cap is met.  I’m sure they would understand since a wedding cost so much already.  Your wedding day is about you and your new life with your husband, not catering to your guest about alcohol.  I would definitely select cash bar only because we’re not big drinkers ourselves except maybe a glass of wine with dinner a few nights of the week.  Good luck & Happy Planning!   

    Post # 12
    1636 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    You could do possibly just open bar with Beer and Wine, and then have guests pay a minimal fee for drinks.  It doesn’t have to be an open bar with every drink imaginable.  Just think of Well drinks, Vodka/sprite, rum/coke, whiskey/coke, etc…  So perhaps like 3 well liquors with a bunch of different mixers? 

    DEFINITELY do NOT allow the guests to make the drinks themselves LOL  because the liquor wont last long.  As more people drink, the more they pour. 

    Have you considered this an option?


    Post # 14
    813 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: December 1969

    I voted for B, but then saw your update. I think a cash bar is totally fine.. I’ve been to a few and have drank just as much as I would have if I was at an open bar Wink

    We had friends that did a “toonie bar” <—-Canadian, any ways each drink was $2. It was great, cheap, and fun! If the drinks are reasonably priced, I’m sure no one will mind, I know I wouldn’t! 🙂

    Post # 15
    252 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    YEs, defiantly check with your venue. Some dont even allow you to bring in your own alcohol.

    We are buying a lot of beer and I am making white and red sangria and we are having our catering staff serve our guests. our venue is fine wiht us bringin in our own alcohol. they dont even require that we have anyone attend to it, but Fiance and I feel more comforatble with someone being there to say who may have had enough all ready, and none of our underage guests get gutsy. Laughing


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