(Closed) cash bar for the last 1 or 2 hrs??

posted 9 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

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
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

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
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Busy bee

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
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

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
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

I am in a similar situation. I think that that is a good comprimise

Post # 8
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

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
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Helper bee

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
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

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
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I agree on the sign at the bar.  No announcement.

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Yeah, no announcement necessary. Sign will do!

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