Post # 1
We are in the beginning stages of planning our summer 2011 wedding for 150 of our closest family and friends. We have our venue already picked out and I was wondering since we plan to have a non-formal wedding do we need to provide open bar? Or is ok to offer 2 kegs of beer only and everything else is paid for by our guests.
A little more about our wedding:
–outdoor ceremony in our local park
–bbq buffet complete with all the sides
–plan diy’ing the majority of it
–budget is for $5,000
Post # 3
This tends to be a huge topic of debate around here, so you may get a lot of strong opinions…
Things to consider:
- Do what you’re comfortable with and can afford
- Do other people in your region and/or social circle have cash bars or are they typically open bars (there seems to be regional differences)?
- Another option is to have a limited bar – beer and wine
- If you have a cash bar, spread that info via word of mouth so people know to bring cash with them
Post # 4
First, have you checked with the park to see if you can have kegs/alcohol? That might be a huge downer on the day of to find that out. But I think having enough beer and a signature drink of some sort would be the best option for your casual wedding.
Post # 5
UGH. This is always a hot button issue. Based on the fact that you’re in the midwest where a cash bar is quite common, I’d say you can easily either do the cash bar or the kegs. Having such a laidback wedding, I’m sure either would be fine!
Post # 6
I like the kegs idea! I would include a few bottles of wine or a signature drink or something, but I don’t think a full open bar is really necessary.
Post # 7
Hi, I think that people should be given something to drink, all they can drink, for free. So, if that means Kegs, have at it!
Post # 8
Do you have to have bartenders, and/or the “typical” bar set-up? If not, I would suggest getting a bunch of kegs. They’re not that expensive and I think would work easily into your budget.
Post # 9
I think the kegs would go over really well, especially since it’s a barbeque and informal. Are you able to bring in kegs on your own?
Post # 10
Thanks ladies for your input thus far. I guess I should have mentioned that our reception will take place at the Student union on Western Illinois University in one of their banquet halls. They do provide a full bar setup with bartenders. We have the option to provide kegs through the caterer (sodexo is who the college contracts for all their food service so we have to use them to cater our reception)
Post # 11
I’m with cbee – provide SOMETHING that is free and unlimited, and you’ll be fine. I think your plan sounds good, though adding another drink like a spiked lemonade could be a nice touch!
Post # 12
I don’t like cash bars at all (but that is a regional thing, so maybe they are common where you are). So my thoughts are, don’t provide an open bar, just provide beer and one other drink. They don’t need hard liquor to have a good time. Guests shouldn’t have to pay for their own drinks, but that doesn’t mean you should go broke providing them with an open, fully stocked bar.
Post # 13
Where i am from cash bars are the norm. I have never been to an open bar wedding and I kinda think i would feel kinda weird drinking so much and making the couple pay for it!
As for the kegs and wine- What about non wine & beer drinkers! I drink wine NOW but i never use to and beer ( to me) is the most horrible tasting thing in the world!