(Closed) Cash Bar vs. Dry Bar

posted 7 years ago in Reception
  • poll: If you are attending a friend's wedding, and open bar is not possible, would you choose between:
    Dry Bar- no alcohol provided : (41 votes)
    23 %
    Cash Bar- paying for your own alcohol : (135 votes)
    77 %
  • Post # 3
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    8738 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2011

    I’d probably prefer a cash bar, but I would think it very strange that there was absolutely no alcohol provided. I would completely understand just having bottles of wine on the table, or just having a champagne toast.

    But baring venue restrictions (i.e. church) or family/personal issues with alcohol, having to pay cash for my drinks at a wedding would strike me as strange.

    I have never been to a wedding were the alcohol wasn’t free and unlimited (or at least didn’t seem limited). I never take cash (or usually even a purse) to weddings.

    Post # 4
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    5787 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: May 2011

    I’d prefer the option of drinking. I would also appreciate being warned ahead of time though as Cash Bars are not common where I live and I almost never have cash on hand. I had no idea at a recent wedding and thankfully they took cards.

    Post # 6
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    8738 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2011

    @LGenz: Exactly. I’d be more upset if it was a cash bar and I had no cash! Because that is usually the case. It’d also be hard to stomach if the drinks were really pricey (i.e. $15 or more a mixed drink, $10 a beer, etc). I’d think there’d be at least some cost subsidization on the drinks.

    I’m pretty sure the last wedding I went to (now that I think about it) only had hard liquor at the cocktail hour, and then switched to beer and wine only for the reception.

    I never noticed. I would have noticed if I had to pay for drinks. But I didn’t notice that the liquor was discontinued.

    Post # 7
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    6597 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2010

    I have never been to a cash bar or alcohol free wedding but if those were my only choices I would prefer cash bar. I would like the opportunity to buy a drink rather than not have an option at all.

    To me wedding = booze!

    Post # 8
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    1664 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    I usually only drink mixed drinks.  Even if the couple offered free beer and wine, I would still like the option of paying for mixed drinks. 

    I’m probably in the minority here, but I wouldn’t think it was rude.  Not everyone can afford open bar.  I would definitely appreciate the option.

    Post # 9
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    489 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: March 2011

    Generally weddings I’ve gone to have been either open bar or dry (for religious reasons).  I’ve had fun at both.  I’m very sympathetic towards money issues, so if someone did have a cash bar, I wouldn’t have a problem with it (and I think cash bar just means you have to pay for your own drink, not that they’ll only take cash).

    Post # 10
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    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2009

    Drinks are like $3-$5 here, so uh, yeah, i can shell out $10 at a wedding without getting my panties in a wad over it. I’d rather have the option to have a drink than have nothing…I’d only be cool with a dry wedding if i knew the couple had personal reasons for it–not wanting to “look bad”? Well, that’d certainly backfire =] (open bars are pretty much the standard here, though. I don’t think i’ve ever had to pay for a drink)

    Post # 12
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    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2011

    @arclee: It depends on the venue. If you are having an outside catering company do it at a place other than a catering hall/hotel, the only option my be cash because they may not have an Ethernet/phone line for a cc machine.

    Post # 13
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    190 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: April 2011

    I would rather pay for it than not have it at all.

    Post # 14
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    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2010

    Ive never been to cash bar or a dry wedding but if I had to choose I would take there being alcohol over no alcohol!

    Post # 15
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    684 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: February 2009

    I would prefer Cash bar to at least have the option. Our venue was at a state park so they didn’t allow alcohol. This is the one thing that has caused me MAJOR greif from my wedding day. I hate to say it but my family drinks. ALOT! Everyone left by 8 pm pretty much. To this day I still wonder if people thought my reception was a bore because it was alcohol free. I got lots of comments on how beautiful it was but other then that…nothing. =(

    Post # 16
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    If the option is no drinks or cash bar…I think I would go for cash bar. I have been to a dry wedding an it wasn’t for religious reasons….the alcohol was missed for sure.

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