Post # 1
Due to our budgeting, we’re considering having a combination bar — meaning beer/wine/soda is on us, but if people want liquor then they have to pay for it themselves. Does this sound like a good idea? I’m looking for advice…
Post # 3
Personally, I think it’s better to just have beer and wine if you can’t afford a full open bar. No one will think that’s weird, and it will avoid the unpleasantness of guests having to open their wallets at your wedding. Lots of people don’t carry cash.
I went to a wedding with a “combination bar” like you’re describing and I thought it was very awkward, partly because no one knew what the deal was. I ordered a cocktail not knowing they weren’t free, and ended up having to leave it at the bar because I didn’t have cash on me. So at the very least, if you’re going to do this, I would recommend having a sign on the bar saying something like “beer and wine are on us, cocktails are $5” or whatever.