Post # 1
need advice, here is my problem: we are having a wine and beer bar but can’t afford to keep it open for the whole 6 hr reception. without scrimping in other areas, we can keep the bar open for 3 hours total. this would mean: open for cocktail hour, closed for dinner, open for 2 hours after dinner, cash bar for the last 2 hours. if we pay for 4 hours, we would have a cash bar for just the last hour. I know cash bars are pretty unacceptable, but do you think that cash bar for the last 2 hours is horrible? what about just for the last hour??
Post # 3
I think the last hour is totally fine, as long as your DJ announces that there’s about to be a switch to the cash bar. I honestly don’t know if I would grumble about two hours, but the last hour means I can get a drink before the cash bar begins and nurse it until it’s time to leave without being unhappy.
Post # 4
I know people say it’s terrible to have a cash bar, but I did something similar to what you’re thinking about at my wedding.
We had 3 hours open bar- the cocktail hour and the first 2 hours of the reception. The last 2 hours was cash bar.
To make sure people knew, I put a picture frame on the bar with a little note inside that said “Open bar will be available until 7pm” and we also asked the DJ to make a tasteful announcement 15min before the open bar switched to cash bar.
I think after 3 hours, people have had plenty of time to get their drink on. Having cash bar may mean that they slow down- which is just as well if they’ll be getting in their cars to drive home!
Post # 5
I think that is ok. Consider it this way…if people have to think about paying for their last few drinks, it will have the effect of more sober drivers. Like when they stop serving beer during the 4th quarter of a football game.
Post # 6
Just make sure that your guests know this in advance so they have some cash on them. I’ve been to plenty of weddings where the bar switches over to a cash bar after dinner. Sure, some people will grumble a little bit, but ultimately everybody should still end up having a great time.
Post # 7
I am in a similar situation. I think that that is a good comprimise
Post # 8
Well do you need 6 hours for the reception?..got me thinking I was only doing 4. 6 sounds like a LONG one..
Post # 9
I wouldn’t have the DJ announce it – it just calls attention to it. Just a framed note at the bar is sufficient.
Post # 10
I agree a sign at the bar would be sufficient… And people will say what they will about cash bars, but most of the weddings I’ve been to have had them! They’re pretty darn common.
Post # 11
I agree on the sign at the bar. No announcement.
Post # 12
Yeah, no announcement necessary. Sign will do!