(Closed) Cash or Open Bar

posted 7 years ago in African-American
  • poll: Cash Bar or Open Bar
    Cash Bar : (25 votes)
    17 %
    Open Bar : (94 votes)
    63 %
    Open for Cockatil Hour then Cash Bar after : (30 votes)
    20 %
  • Post # 3
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    Fiance and I chose to do a cash bar because we are not drinkers. However, we are going to buy 1 keg for the drinkers in our families. We are also providing non-alchoholic drinks.

     

    Post # 4
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    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2012

    It’s not rude to offer a cash bar. You do what you can afford.

    *you are about to get a whole lot of answers from people who think they are entitiled to free alcohol at a wedding and those who really don’t care*

    Post # 5
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    I’m not gonna lie, I like free booze at weddings. Do I have to have full open bar? No, unlimited wine, beer and highballs would IMO be plenty. But it’s generally quite a well known fact that parties last longer, and are “generally” more fun if the booze is flowing…

    Post # 6
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    I voted for cocktail hour.

    I have never been offended by any sort of bar, or lack of. I enjoy a nice glass of wine or the occasional cocktail, but it’s certainly never been necessary, and not having one has never lessened my enjoyment of a wedding. Most of the time, I’m driving home afterward and won’t be drinking anyway.

    Post # 7
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    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2011

    We are doing an open bar. I have never been to a wedding that didn’t either have a full open bar or at least unlimited wine and beer.

    I never bring money with me to weddings, so if you are doing a cash bar make sure you let your guests know ahead of time.

    Or you could do an open bar with just beer and wine. Or beer, wine, and one “signature” drink to cut down on costs.

    Post # 8
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    Buzzing Beekeeper

    You might get more responses posting this in “food” or “reception”!

    I like something to drink at a wedding, but I don’t care if it’s open bar or just beer and wine. If it isn’t an open bar, let me know and I’ll bring cash!

    Post # 8
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    This is always such a “hot topic”.  From other threads on this topic, it’s very clear that opinions vary greatly based on region, culture, etc. 

    That being said, I say open bar because that is what I am used to.

    If you can afford it, then I think it’s nice to at least have beer and wine for your guests. 

    If you would prefer to have a cash bar, then have a cash bar- but please let your guests know this ahead of time so that they are prepared.  As a guest, I have never liked being “surprised” by the fact that the wedding has a cash bar.

    Oh- and if you do a hosted cocktail hour and then a cash bar for later, please don’t have it be “cash bar for everyone else but free for your bridal party”.  I have seen this at two weddings and please trust me when I say that it is the RUDEST thing and that your other guests will most certainly not “understand”. 

    Just my suggestions based on my experiences; I do realize that my experiences are not the be-all-end-all for these scenarios so please no attacking me for my opinions. 🙂

    Post # 9
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    9824 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper

    You might get more responses posting this in “food” or “reception”!

    I like something to drink at a wedding, but I don’t care if it’s open bar or just beer and wine. If it isn’t an open bar, let me know and I’ll bring cash!

    Post # 10
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    Everything is determined by how much $$$ you want to spend.  The majority of the weddings I have been 2, wine was served w/ dinner and all other alcohol was cash bar.

    Now if your venue allows you to bring in liquor, of course it will be open bar but make sure to serve hard alcohol after dinner.  Your guests will drink everything during cocktail hour.lmao

    Post # 11
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    @Miss Tattoo:

     

    I couldn’t have said it better myself Diva!!! The cost of an open bar is almost as much as what we paid for the inclusive venue!!! As a result we’ve opted for a signature drink and well drinks. With that being said, if you can afford it..go for it! Otherwise save the 1.5K and apply it to your honeymoon!!

    Just a thought!!!

     

    Post # 12
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    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    I don’t think its rude to have a cash bar.  I have only been to one cash bar wedding thought.  Open bar is sort of the ‘norm’ here to me or in my group.  But it’s really up to what you can afford and want to spend. 

    Post # 13
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    Worker bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    We are doing an open bar only because it is included with our package & FH insists on having it…I am actually trying to negotiate with the venue to see if we can just do beer and wine for a lower cost.

    Post # 14
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    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    We went with an open bar and everyone said they had the best time.  It was one of the things that both of us insisted on when looking at venues.

    Post # 15
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    I had a budget but everyone coming to our wedding likes to drink and have a good time, so I bought a keg, 12 magnum bottles of wine, and put a $300 cap on the open bar (well liquor only) it worked out well, everyone got a free cocktail or two and then had access to beer and wine if they didnt want to pay for more liquor. Everybody had a great time and nobody felt like we had shorted them of free alcohol. We had 130 guests btw.

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