(Closed) Cocktail Reception Menu Kind of (w/out open bar) I need out of the box ideas

posted 5 years ago in Food
  • poll: Which Menue
    Menu 1 : (14 votes)
    38 %
    Menu 2 : (20 votes)
    54 %
    You need more choices and better ideas : (3 votes)
    8 %
  • Post # 3
    1856 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: March 2013

    I say Menu 2 – you sold me with BBQ and chicken and waffles!

    Post # 4
    497 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: March 2013

    Either of these menus sound great and I would be quite pleased as a guest.

    Post # 6
    5883 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: October 2010

    @JJSoon2bwife14:  As long as you spread the word that there is a cash bar, you should be fine. (Will they be able t take credit or debit cards?) Most people dont carry a lot of cash anymore.

    Post # 8
    3686 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    I think the menus look great. If at all possible, I would try to have a couple of free kegs (and if you’re feeling really generous, both beer and wine available for those of us who don’t drink beer). This may just be me, but I’d rather have less variety of food and be able to have a couple glasses of wine that I don’t have to pay a lot of money for.

    Post # 9
    9955 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2012

    Etiquette Snob here… lol

    Your Question about whether a Cash Bar is rude or not, really has a lot more to do with what is NORM in your area and for your Guests more than anything else.

    For example, in Canada, many parts of Country and Cash Bars are the norm **… mind you most of us offset that with some sort of COMPLIMENTARY Drinks as well…

    Be that a Welcome Cocktail – His & Hers Signature Cocktails – Wine with Dinner – Wine & Beer Bar – White Bar (all “white” things are free… Gin, Vodka, White Wine)… – or something here we like to call a Loonie or Twoonie Bar, where we offset the costs by a $ 1 or $ 2.

    Mr TTR and I had a Back Home Reception Party after our Honeymoon… we served up a Complimentary First Drink of the Guest’s Choice (no maximum) – FREE Bottled Water, Juices, Pop, Tea & Coffee all night – and all the Bubbly you could drink !! (The Bubbles were extremely popular with the women…)

    ** Cash Bars or Mix & Match Bars are quite popular in Canada, because of our Laws around Alcohol which are a lot more restictive than in the USA … and the cost here is also a lot higher.  Infact, most Guests come to a Wedding / Party here expecting to have to pay for alcohol because it is such an expensive item (A simple domestic Beer here can be close to $ 10 when tax & tip is added in).  Most Guests are very appreciative when they discover that something is covered for them / FREE.

    Hope this helps,


    Post # 10
    497 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: March 2013

    @JJSoon2bwife14: there aren’t many things that I think are rude at a wedding, because, after all it’s your day and things get expensive. The exception to this for me is a cash bar. I just don’t think when you are hosting people you would ask them to pay for cocktails. I think an alternative would be to offer one drink complimentary. Whether that’s wine or one signature cocktail. Your menu sounds so amazing that I would consider removing an item to be able to accomodate a free drink.

    Post # 12
    497 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: March 2013

    @JJSoon2bwife14: Naw, that sounds awesome. I don’t think the menu will be boring at all. With your options and a signature drink/shot, it will be great and guests will be happy.

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