(Closed) Cash bar

posted 5 years ago in Food
Post # 3
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8487 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2014

Me and Fiance were going to do a cash bar (I actually wouldnt have minded no alcohol at all, but everyone kept telling me what a bad idea it was.) My mom finally told us she’ll pay for the open bar. I’m so relieved. She’s hiring a bartender friend of hers and just buying the alcohol for him to serve. So far what we’ve come up with is:

 

2 signature drinks (a cocktail and a sangria)

Vodka

Whiskey

Scotch (only 1 bottle and only because one of my moms best friends who is coming wont drink anything else.)

Beers – Blue Moon, Bud/Bud Light, Corona and Woodchuck Cider (because my brother specifically requested it.)

Post # 4
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623 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

How many men do you have coming? If half your adult guests are male then that is only about 4 beers each. I would add a few more cases.  I also noticed you didn’t include any wine or champagne- you should definitely include some of that. 

Post # 6
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

TO brid32bee and allyfally 

I agree with theone99: ya need to have something in the wine family available in the very least (white wine or sparkling would work) … as a lot of ladies don’t drink hard alcohol (or even beer) in my experience.

What Beer is to men… Wine is to many many women !!

IF that is all you had for me to choose from… I’d be empty handed, and not that happy.  In that I wouldn’t want to look forward to a night of tea, coffee, pop or juice.

(Unless I misunderstood, and there will be other alcoholic options available, but just that Guests will have to pay for themselves)

 

Post # 7
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13010 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I have 125 guests attending, and my alcohol list looks like this: 20 cases of wine (red, white, blush, chocolate, and sparkling), 16 cases of beer (x 24 bottles each), 10 bottles of vodka, 3 bottles of rum, 2 bottles of captains, and 1 bottle of: whiskey, scotch, and bourbon, plus all the mixers.

Now, my quantities are a bit over-estimated because my alcohol supplier will return unopened bottles, and I have a few heavy drinkers coupled with a full open bar… but I might up your estimates a bit if you can!

Post # 8
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

TO @abbie017:  learn something new.

I thought you had a typo in your list… Chocolate Wine

Then I did a GOOGLE, seems this is the latest thing in the USA, UK & Australia. 

Hasn’t made any impact / news here in Canada as of yet.  But I am now certainly curious.  Looking to see how I might gets my hands on some to try

Have an upcoming trip to the USA… so going to see if I can’t track a bottle or two down when I am stateside and bring it back for our next Wine Tasting Event with friends.

Does sound interesting.

 

Post # 9
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@This Time Round:  Oh my gosh, it’s delicious!  The one we selected is a red wine infused with chocolate essence, but they also make a white wine variety as well. Where are you visiting?  I’m in Virginia and there are a few of our local vineyards who have jumped on the chocoland trend — and I’m sure you can find it in some of the larger wine shops or grocery stores! 

Post # 10
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3572 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I personally think that $2 is high for a beer/mixed at a wedding. If you’re providing your alcohol yourself, it’s unlikely that the beer is costing you that much if you’re buying something in a 30-pack. Many people think its tacky to have a cash bar, but I understand the reasoning behind it. (We also did our own alcohol at my anniversary party – we kept it to beer and wine) However, I don’t think it’s fair to charge your guests more than you’re paying yourself. That’s JMHO though. 

Good luck!

Post # 11
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

TO @Mrs.LemonDrop:

$ 2 for a Beer… might be high IF the Bee is from the USA…

Not necessarily so if she is from somewhere’s else (sadly her WBEE PROFILE gives no clues).

I am guessing that she could be Canadian, or from the UK, or Australian where Cash Bars are super common.

(For example subsidized Bars are very common here in Canada.  And especially so at the $ 2 mark.  We call em Twoonie Bars… in honour of our $ 2 Coin of the same name)

And here in Canada… a case of 24 Beer runs us close to $ 50.  So no profit to be made on that purchase… and a GOOD DEAL for Guests because a Served Beer here in a Bar all-in with Tax & Tip can easily run 7, 8 or more dollars.

So it is all a matter of perspective…

Hopefully the Bee will come back and give us a clue as to where she is from.

 

Post # 12
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207 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

You know your guest’s better than anyone but I would say average at least 2 drinks per hour/per person.

And I agree, I think you do need something in the wine family. You can get quite nice casks for a reasonable amount.

Post # 13
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216 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

This sounds like a toonie bar, aren’t Canadian by any chance are you? 

I am also doing a cash bar, but our venue supplies the basics free of charge(pop, coffee, tea, etc), which is the basic package around here. Also alcohol is more expensive in Canada so at $2, you’ll be breaking even

Post # 14
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101 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I don’t know where you live or what people expect, but you want to make sure your guests know in advance that there will be a cash bar.  It’s not the norm here, and if I went to one I probably wouldn’t have any cash on me.

 

Also, have lots of wine 🙂

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