Cash bar vs Open bar

posted 2 years ago in Reception
Post # 76
221 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2021 - Concord, Ontario

I hate cash bars if you can’t afford an open bar why don’t you have a limited open bar. Where during dinner only beer and wine is served. Gave a signature drink for your cocktail hour and that’s what’s available 

Post # 77
77 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2020 - York, Nebraska

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claroquesi :  yep, and everyone gets access to a bar! Just because I’m paying for the hair and dresses for my sisters doesn’t mean I’m going to pay for the same for my entire bridal party. Certain guests are closer. No one is forcing you to do it my way 😉

Post # 78
3050 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2017

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attorneytobee :  unless *every* single guest is of the same mindset and from that particular area, giving out free drink tickets only to *some* guests, but charging others (!) will be seen as tacky and rude af. I agree with prior posters.  Sorry.

Post # 79
747 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I have no issues with a cash bar, but that seems to be the norm where I am. I have gone to semi destination weddings with (subsidizes) cash bars, and I had a twoonie bar, no one complains around here. We didn’t want to make money back or anything, just hoped that having people pay a bit would make them hold on to their drink and not just go find a new one if they set it down somewhere 🤷‍♀️ We did have red and white wine on all the tables and I’m sure plenty of people just drank that all night. 

Of all the weddings I have been to, I think only 2-3 have been open bar and that was commented on as very fancy haha. 

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