(Closed) Cash bar, with ATM onsite. Needs mentioning, or not?

posted 3 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 2
8469 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

MissLibra:  I would still mention it because some ATMs can charge ridiculous fees which some of your guests might not want to pay.

Post # 3
2390 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Does the bar accept cards? Will your guests be expecting a cash bar? Then no, I don’t think you need to say anything.

Post # 4
760 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Our Backyard/Steakhouse

MissLibra:  Yes, let them know it’s a cash bar so they know what to expect.  If they want to bring cash and an avoid the extra fees of the ATM.  Put it on your website, and spread via word of mouth

Post # 5
5885 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2014

MissLibra:  I would mention it, as a) some ATMs charge and b) I’ve been to similar set-ups and the machine has run out of cash.

I always assume that places these days take cards, so I personally would really appreciate knowing the set up, as then I’d make sure I brought enough cash so I wasn’t relying on the venue’s ATM.

Post # 6
3232 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

I think you should be good. You are not blocking anyone from drinking.

Post # 8
5885 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2014

MissLibra:  I’d mention there is an ATM onsite, yes, and then let people make up their own minds. As I said if I were attending a wedding and the bar was cash only I’d want to know so that I brought plenty of cash; I’ve been caught out before with ATMs running out, esp at places like hotels/bars/clubs, and it sucks.

So, def mention it’s cash only to give people a head’s up, but also mention there’s an ATM on site. Then people can decide.

Post # 9
1116 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

I would mention there is a cash bar but, not that there is an atm on site… as some have said it may charge them more to use the machine… the machine will nice for those who either didnt plan on drinking or missed the memo but for the vast majority they will prob perfer to just come prepared.

Post # 11
7122 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

Yes- mention it. I don’t always bring my debit card with to weddings because I downsize to a clutch and I know some people would probably like to avoid ATM fees and go to their own back bank. Maybe you could mention it on the reception part of your website?

Post # 12
2485 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

I would mention the cash bar on a website or a wedding invitation insert, in case people really want to shell out the big bucks.

Somewhat related, I’m still flabbergasted by people who don’t carry any cash on them at all times.

Post # 13
1242 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Apple_Blossom:  +1 I would never go anywhere without money or my card, unless I knew that DH had it covered. What about emergencies??

Post # 14
1274 posts
Bumble bee

Mention it still, and mention there is an ATM onsite on the website. As a guest, I would much rather stop at my bank beforehand to get money out without paying fees or chance the ATM being out of service or out of cash. 


Post # 15
8584 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

I would at the very least add a card on your invite that links them to your website, and mention it there.

Some places cash bars are much more common, and others not so much. My future in laws wanted us to have a cash bar – it’s common there, but my family are NOT used to cash bars and believe you shouldn’t have a wedding if you can’t afford to provide booze, but that’s totally my family/area.

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