(Closed) Cash bar… now what type?

posted 6 years ago in Reception
  • poll: Which bar should I go for?
    Hard Bar : (36 votes)
    84 %
    Soft Bar : (7 votes)
    16 %
  • Post # 3
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    2007 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: April 2012

    Would the hard bar also have beer and wine?

    Post # 5
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    3265 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: February 2014

    I say the hard bar. Since the people are paying for their own drinks they’ll have more of an option as to what they really want rather than being so limited to what they can buy.

    Post # 6
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    1736 posts
    Bumble bee

    I think if you are doing all cash, offering all the bells and whistles is appropriate. I am doing a hard-bar for my reception, but only the beer and wine is free. Everything else is cash because it will get too expensive for my parents otherwise. If you are going cash the whole way, stick with the hard-bar so your guests have choices!

    Post # 7
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    2007 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: April 2012

    I think if you are doing a cash bar no matter what, it should be the hard bar.  Every wedding I’ve been to has free beer and wine, so if they have to pay they should probably have the option for liquor as well, or it might come off stange.  Just my opinion.

    Post # 8
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    3120 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I say give them more choices!

     

    Post # 9
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    7173 posts
    Busy Beekeeper

    Is the debate between having liquor available?  

    ie:  Hard bar – liquor, beer, wine  vs. just beer wine?

    I’d say have more available than less – especially since it’s a cash bar.

    Post # 10
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    7606 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper

    I don’t see any advantage to choosing the soft bar since it’s your guests who are paying – they might as well pay for the drinks they like!  Go with the hard (giggity).

    Post # 12
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    1736 posts
    Bumble bee

    @Woodstock:  I have a couple of those amongst family and friends as well. My Moms plan is simply point out a couple of potential troublemakers in the clan and ask them to cut them off if needed. I’m not saying I’m in love with this plan (especially after reading that article out of Boston a couple weeks ago where the wedding ended with a fist fight and jail time) but if that’s what makes my Mom more comfortable with things, I’m letting her have it!

    Post # 13
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    13074 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    Agreed, if you’re going to make your guests pay for beverages, then give them all the options! 

    Also, if you’re worried about people getting carried away, tell your bartenders ahead that they have your okay to cut off anyone who has reached their limits.  We told our caterer/bartenders this, and they said they do it anyway, but feel better about it with the bride’s okay!

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