(Closed) Cash bar thoughts – regional?

posted 9 years ago in Food
Post # 92
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

It’s kind of sad that guests would be upset at a dry wedding. We are having an afternoon reception and a dry wedding because alcohol is not an expense we want to undertake, whether open or cash bar.

I live in the Midwest and both are common here but I haven’t been to too many weddings. 50% were open, 50% were cash.

Post # 93
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

i’m from a small farming town in michigan, and i have never attended a wedding with a cash bar. i’ve been to a couple with just beer and wine (which is what we are doing), but most are open.

Post # 94
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I’m from Victoria, BC in Canda. (just think North of Seattle) And I’ve never been to a wedding with a paid bar. It’s always been a cash bar and it’s normal and expected. 

Post # 95
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I grew up in rural Wisconsin.  Most of the weddings there provide selected beer/ sodas, but any thing else is cash.  I haven’t been to too many weddings where I know live (Milwaukee), but the last one I worked at was open bar.  

As a guest I really don’t care, I like having at least the beer option, and I don’t mind buying a drink or two depending on my mood.  

Post # 96
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

@$24.95 per person for the meal  and we have about 125 people coming not counting the tip and taxes on this . There is no we could afford a full open bar when a mixed drink is $6.00 and a bottle of beer is $3.75  . Our venue charges per drink And they have to provide it. We can’t bring anything in. 

Post # 97
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

I’m from Western Canada and it is unusual to see an open bar. When you go to a wedding and they have open bar its like hitting the jackpot!

That being said we usually don’t have a full cash bar, usually people do whats called “Cost recovery”. This means drinks are usually about $2 each.

There is usually some complaining if we have to pay full hotel/hall price ($6 per drink) somewhere!

Post # 98
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

I’m originally from Northwestern MA/Southern VT and the only weddings I’ve been to back home (and growing up) were cash bars.  It wasn’t until I moved to the NYC area for college and started going to weddings down here that I even heard of open bar (or cocktail hour for that matter…)!  Only one wedding I went to back home (recently) had an open bar (and some things set out at cocktail hour), but they were actually in the Central MA area, not Northwestern.  I was in another wedding back home last year that actually had a cocktail hour, which I found surprising (though it still had a cash bar).

That said, we will be doing open bar, it was one of the things we knew we really wanted for our wedding. 

Post # 99
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@MrsVandykins:  I was going to say the exact same thing. The only weddings I’ve been to that bard open bars were really informal weddings

Post # 100
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Helper bee

I’ve been to no alcohol, cash bar, one hour cocktail hour then cash bar, open bar till the money runs out then cash bar, and fully open bar! It’s all your preference. Oh and I’m from new England area.

Post # 101
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

San Diego. I’ve never been to a cash bar. Our venue allows us to bring in all of our own alcohol, so needless to say NO cash bar here

Post # 102
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Sugar bee

I live in Toronto, Ontario Canada and every wedding I have been too (10) have all had a open bar serving premium liquor except one that had a cash bar. I have also never been to a dry wedding but we will be having a reception before our wedding which will be dry but that is because of religious purposes

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