(Closed) Cash bar?

posted 5 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

@BrideToBee2014:  TBH if I had the option of supplying the alcohol I would definitely do an open bar. Typically it is way cheaper to provide the alcohol as opposed to using the venue’s alcohol (at $6-$7 a drink). I’m one of those people that doesn’t mind cash bars, but I think in this instance you should just do an open bar. Since you are providing the alcohol would the money that is paid by the guests go back to you guys?

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

If you’re providing the alcohol then why would you have a cash bar? To get some of the money back? That to me is worse then doing a cash bar bc its affordable. 

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Don’t do a cash bar. It is really not proper hosting of your guests. Guests should never have to open their wallets at something you are hosring. As others have pointed out, you’d never ask someone to pay an upgrade in their meal, so why for drinks? Host what you can afford. Nothing wrong with a dry wedding.

ETA: woah, so I needed to reread… yes, it is beyond rude to expect your guests to “pay you back” for alcohol you (and not even the venue!) are providing. I would seriously seriously rethink this idea. Again, host what you can afford.

 

Post # 8
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

@BrideToBee2014:  Like I said, I typically don’t mind if it’s a cash bar but I really think  in your situation I would do an open bar. I find it a little weird that the money is going back to you guys.

Post # 9
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

@MsSparklyBee:  I agree, this sounds way worse. 

Post # 10
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

@BrideToBee2014:  how about just beer and wine? 

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@BrideToBee2014:  this idea doesn’t bother me any, especially if guests are just paying for alcohol and not other beverages. Alcohol is a luxury, not a necessity, as long as you’re providing soda and water for free. If your guests are set on drinking alcohol and are okay with paying for it, that’s their prerogative. Then again, I’ve been to numerous cash bar weddings, so it’s not a huge deal in my social circle. 

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

In the interest of not starting “dramaz” I’ll edit this to just say, I think its rude to have tiered guests based on how much they can afford — you do this with a cash bar and it would be the same thing if you charged for certain parts of the meal…

 

Post # 14
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

@BrideToBee2014:  As a “heavy drinker” I would find this appalling, especially knowing that you are just trying to recoup some of your (lower than a hotel open bar)costs! Would they also have to tip the bartender?

 

I say just don’t do liquor if you want to save money. 

Post # 15
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Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Go for it!

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