Post # 62
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
Guests like to drink beverages. Go for it.
Post # 64
I think you should look into byo alcohol and def serve softdrink
Post # 65
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
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
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
$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
^ 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
Is there an option to purchase a punch?? You could have that and water and then it wouldn’t be so bad.
Post # 71
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
What about a cash bar? That way there will at least be the option to drink.
Post # 73
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.