(Closed) Beverage options @ reception

posted 8 years ago in Reception
  • poll: Is a cash bar for cocktails necessary?
    No, beer, wine and soda are enough. : (25 votes)
    63 %
    No, you and your FI should pay for the cocktails. : (8 votes)
    20 %
    Yes, a cash bar is a good idea and wouldn't be tacky. : (7 votes)
    18 %
    I have another idea; see below... : (0 votes)
  • Post # 3
    18643 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2009

    I don’t think that a cash bar in necessary.  Beer and wine are fine for pretty much all guests.

    Post # 4
    1740 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    wine and beer is enough…  🙂 

    Post # 5
    2859 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2011 - Bartram's Garden

    I clicked the wrong choice accidentally. I think that beer and wine are fine, so ignore that one vote about having to pay for the whole bar. 🙂

    Post # 6
    234 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 2010

    well lets see…i think beer wine and soda is fine! but if you did decide to go with a cash bar also, there is nothing wrong with that!! you have alcohol offered for free too so it’s up to your guests 🙂

    Post # 7
    1313 posts
    Bumble bee

    It seems to me that a cash bar might be a regional/small town/something-or-other thing?

    I’ve only been to small town weddings (4 total) and every single one has had a cash bar with supplemental free beer and wine…. So, in other words, if you want a cash bar, I think it’s fine. But I also think beer, wine and soda is enough if you want to go that route as well!

    Post # 9
    1465 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    Just serve the beer, wine and soda. If anyone doesn’t like beer or wine, which many people do not, they will drink soda. A cash bar is generally considered rude under any circumstances since guests are being asked to open their wallets at the reception. If the hosts can’t afford something or don’t want to pay for it, it should not be offered at all.

    Post # 10
    1482 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    I think just wine and beer are fine.  I think most people would be happy with that.

    If you do go the cash bar route, you could make a nice little sign that says, “Wine & Beer- Complimentary.  Cocktails- $____” and put it in a frame on your bar.  Also, your bartender will be able to inform guests that cocktails are available for cash. 

    Post # 11
    130 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    Echoing the beer and wine sentiment. I think that is plenty and then you dont have to worry about people not knowing ahead of time/not having proper cash.


    Post # 12
    1110 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: March 2009

    Wine and beer is good. cant let guest get picky either!!

    Post # 13
    1251 posts
    Bumble bee

    We are having a totally dry wedding, with fun Mocktails, so I think Beer, Wine and Soda is a great option.

    Post # 14
    1580 posts
    Bumble bee

    If you know you will have important guests that like a certain drink and would have no problem paying for it themselves, then I think you should go for the cash bar. If your grandfather always drinks scotch, I think it would be important to have it as an option for him. I wouldn’t care so much about random other guests.

    I’ve been to a wedding where one dark beer was offered, and there was no cash bar, so I didn’t drink, and I still had a great time. I understood that my friends didn’t drink, so I wasn’t upset that they didn’t have alcohol available, other than the one dark beer the groom likes.

    At the same time, I’m definitely not offended by a cash bar, and sometimes would rather pay for the drink I want than drink something I don’t really want just because it is free.

    Post # 15
    3762 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: May 2010

    Cna you maybe compromise and have beer, wine, a signature cocktail and a champagne toast or something like that?

    If you do decide to have the beer and wine, and a cash bar I think it would be very nice to specify that the beer and wine are free.  I know I am always frustrating trying to figure that out at weddings.

    Post # 16
    2201 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    I’m planning to offer complimentary wine, beer and sodas, with a cash bar for hard liquor. Mainly because I like options and don’t mind paying extra to have exactly what I want (even if I’m a guest somewhere). And if people can’t afford, or don’t want to pay, for other drinks, you still have plenty of options available in the complimentary section.

    And thanks to the bees for the signage idea – now I have another DIY to add to the list!

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