(Closed) Does this come off as cheap?

posted 10 years ago in Food
  • poll: What would you do?

    Spend the money to get unlimited non-alcoholic beverages.

    Let the guests drink water.

    Let the guests drink water and pay for the toast of champagne.

    You're going to come off as cheap.

    The guests will not care either way.

  • Post # 62
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    I do not think a cash bar is tacky but it really does depend on how many people you feel will actually use the bar at all and budget around which is more financially suitable for you and your Fiance. My Fiance and i had the same issue. We decided to buy nicer wines(red/white) for each of the tables and hand out one or two drink tickets to anyone wanting them, being that there wont be alot of drinkers then the ones actually drinking can get more handouts i guess.

    Post # 63
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    Guests like to drink beverages. Go for it.

    Post # 64
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: November 2010

    I think you should look into byo alcohol and def serve softdrink

    Post # 65
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: April 2011

    Your guests should understand and appreciate WHATEVER you decide to provide for them!  That being said, why do you have to have an unlimited beverages.  Why not limit it to what you decide you can afford?

    Post # 66
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    What about limited alcohol – say two drinks each guest (you’d have to do tickets or something) or a cash bar.  I went to a wedding that had a cash bar and I didn’t think it was ghetto/cheap at all (maybe just saying something in the invitation so people show up with money). My alcohol budget is $800 -we are doing 1-2 kegs of beer and a few cases of wine – once it’s gone it’s gone.

    Post # 67
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2011

    I don’t understand why you can’t do a cash bar?  I think it comes off as cheap if you don’t at least provide that option.

    Post # 68
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    Worker bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    $10/person is actually VERY inexpensive. I know it doesn’t look that way to you, but that is an amazing deal for unlimited alcohol for that price. We are going to be spending about that much up on a finite amount of alcohol up front and are keeping our fingers crossed that we won’t run out of alcohol…

    I will add that my fiance and I are both coming from families with fairly heavy drinkers. In our experience, if you want people to stick around, have a good time, and meet new people, it’s good to have drinks.

    If you are just expecting people to stick around for an hour, you can probably get away with water.

    Post # 69
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    Helper bee

    ^ it’s non-alcoholic…so it’s not cheap at all.

    I don’t think there’s anything wrong with what you’ve decided 🙂

    Post # 70
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    Is there an option to purchase a punch?? You could have that and water and then it wouldn’t be so bad.

    Post # 71
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    Our reception hall allowed us to do “consumption based” soda/pop instead of the “per head” cost. Where we covered ONLY the non-alcoholic drinks that were consumed rather than paying a flat fee per head (since we knew people would not ALL go for soda). See if your hall will allow that?

    Post # 72
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    What about a cash bar?  That way there will at least be the option to drink.

    Post # 73
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    Worker bee
    • Wedding: March 2012

    Offer something else in addition to water.  If you can’t afford the soda bar, see if the caterer will offer a punch or lemonade bowl at a lower cost.  Also, find other ways to cut cost in your wedding budget.

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