(Closed) Canadian bees: are open bars common at weddings in your area??

posted 5 years ago in Reception
  • poll: Are open bars common where you live in Canada?
    Yes : (60 votes)
    62 %
    No : (37 votes)
    38 %
  • Post # 3
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 2013

    @Mint2Bee:  I’m in BC and most people I know think it’s pretty tacky to have a cash bar.  Luckily for me, pretty much no one in my family drinks, so it’s not a big deal.

    Post # 4
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I’m not entirely certain by what people mean by cash bar….do they mean that your guests have to pay for all their alcoholic beverages? If so, I have never been to a wedding in either BC or Ontario that did that. All the ones I’ve been to provided at least wine and beer for guests.

     

    Post # 5
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: March 2013

    I didn’t have an open bar. It was just not the kind of wedding I wanted to have. I had a table with wine, a few bottles of moonshine (local to the area), and glassware for guests to help themselves. On another table I had lots of yummy flavored bottled sodas. It was perfect!

    Post # 6
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    I’ve been to 2 weddings with cash bars, I was not impressed. Every other wedding I’ve been to has had an open bar.

    Post # 7
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    I’ve been to one with a cash bar, and another with tickets for your first 2 drinks. All others have been host bars. Generally, the former options were … well, not recieved well. 

    Post # 8
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    Newbee
    • Wedding: August 2016

    Two weddings I’ve been to have had open bars. My sister’s wedding was a nice compromise though, for those who dislike the open bar idea – everyone had drink tickets alotted to them, and they cashed them in for whatever they wanted at the bar.

    Post # 9
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    I live in Ontario and have been to like.. 6 weddings.

    3/5 were cash bar (we paid for our own drinks.. but there WAS wine on the tables that we did not pay for)

    3/5 were open bar

    We’re doing a cash bar because we cannot afford an open bar.

    Post # 10
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    Newbee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    I’m in Ontario but my family is American and all the weddings that I’ve been to in both countries have had open bars. Actually, I take that back — one wedding had an open bar up until midnight, at which point you had to pay like $2 for drinks. This was at a really large wedding though and I think it wad done only to discourage foolish drunkenness.

     

    Personally, I think having an open bar is really nice if you can afford it. People spend so much on dresses, travelling, child-care, etc. when they attend weddings and it’s nice for guests not to have to worry about having cash, etc.

     

    But at the end of the day, it’s your wedding and they are there to celebrate your marriage. If you don’t want one, or can’t afford one, don’t feel obligated to have one!

     

    Post # 11
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    I’m in Ontario and I’ve been to probably well over 20 weddings and only 1 has been a cash bar which was a friend on my SO side who had a very tight budget.  I find open bars tend to be more common in urban centres where event venues offer weddings packages including the bar

    Post # 12
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 2011

    I am in montreal and have never been to a wedding with a cash bar or heard of anyone having one. I would be pretty surprised if a wedding here had a cash bar. It was an automatic in all the packages we looked at. Our  wedding a kosher, Jewish wedding if that makes a difference.

    Post # 13
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    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 2014

    Nope. I’ve been to a few here in Alberta and they’re toonie bars. 

    Post # 14
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    Newbee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    Hmm, I’m in Alberta and have never been to a wedding with an open bar. It’s pretty common to have “free” wine with dinner with a few drink tickets also given but then after dinner either a cash bar or toonie bar!

    Post # 15
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    I live in BC and used to live in Ontario…totally acceptable for cash bars in my areas…however usually wine is provided with dinner courtesy of the bride and groom..we are doing wine with dinner and then cash bar after that…it is ran by a local charity type group and all drinks cost only $3 which is good!..any profit that is made goes to the charity so its all good…I think as long as people are very aware that it is a cash bar you are fine…I have put it on my Save The Dates and will also be on the invitations & my website..:)

    Post # 16
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    Bumble bee

    I’m in Calgary and an open bar is not common. Usually free drinks during cocktail hour and free wine with dinner then a toonie/cash bar for th rest of the night. 

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