Drink Issue, Please help! Poll…

posted 3 years ago in Reception
  • poll: Which is the best option?
    Just do unlimited wine at dinner as planned and have a cash bar : (19 votes)
    15 %
    Close the bar entirely and have unlimited wine and beer all evening : (104 votes)
    82 %
    2 Drink tickets per person to do as they wish : (2 votes)
    2 %
    Another option I haven't thought about (please post bellow) : (2 votes)
    2 %
  • Post # 33
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    Worker bee
    • Wedding: August 2017

     

    mrsnitti17 :  I am in a similar position because open bar is expected but pricey and I cannot bring in my own liquor either due to licensing in my state.

    Off topic: who made your ring, it looks like mine a Simon G LR1133(2).

    Post # 36
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    171 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: October 2017

    I am in Ontario as well! There are many rules and licences for serving/supplying your own alcohol and having an event with alcohol! What about having an open bar during cocktail hour – wine on the tables during dinner and then cash bar afterwards?  or give them a $ limit and they change it over to a cashbar once that $ amount is reached?  

     

    Also, my venue has said I could supply my own wine during dinner as the bar is usually closed. I would only have to pay a corking fee.  After dinner, they would keep the wine brought in behind the bar but would still serve if people wanted. The bar would still be available.

    Post # 37
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    207 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2017

    octobertbride :  I second this! Most bees don’t have the same restrictions so they don’t understand. An open bar in Ontario is EXPENSIVE. Most venues charge $6.00 just for a domestic beer. If you can’t bring in your own alcohol well that adds up quick. 

    Post # 38
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    171 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: October 2017

    milksteak :  It adds a huge expense ! Beer is $6+, a rye+diet can be on avg $5.50 + wine I don’t even know what the cost of that is- for an open bar they wanted to charge me and additional $40 per person – but not everyone will end up staying the whole evening, and some may not drink at all.  $40 per person was one of the lowest rates I received from venues for openbar – but theres still tax (13%)+gratuity (18%) to add on that!   

    Just to compare – buying a 60 of wisers in Ontario is $58. I bought the same in the states for $20

    Post # 39
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    6672 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2015

    mrsnitti17 :  Beer and wine all the way – all we had was beer and nobody complained.  I am assuming, of course, that you also have nonalcoholic beverages that aren’t just water, though! (we had lemonade, tea, coffee, water and local root beer)

    Post # 40
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    2037 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2015

    If this was my situation, I would have an open bar during cocktail hour, wine at the tables, and a toonie bar for the rest of the evening. I would forget about providing free beer. Include that in the toonie bar. I would also just use the alcohol at the venue to make things simple. I personally prefer to not have to bring cash for drinks at weddings especially if I’ve spent money travelling to a wedding, buying a gift for the couple, attending s shower, etc. It doesn’t feel like I’m being hosted when I am purchasing my own drinks. At least with a toonie bar you are giving your guests a bit of a break and still having them cover some of the expense. 

    Also $30 for a bottle of wine at a venue in Canada isn’t a bad price. Especially if you want to offer a decent bottle of wine. Our average bottle price was $50. 

    Post # 41
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2016

    I’m in Ontario too – even if you bring your own alcohol they charge you for uncorking and serving the alcohol (and I guess you throw in the cost of washing all those glasses too). It’s not cheap! Last wedding I was at they served the fathers homemade wine on all the tables for dinner and toasts – then cash bar after dinner. No one complained. I actually find open bar to my family equals an excuse to see how much you can drink (record = 27 rum and cokes)

    As my father died from alcoholism, and many of his 7 siblings are alcoholics, I didn’t have a bar at my wedding. i know – shocking! 

    Post # 42
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    99 posts
    Worker bee

    I’ve been to weddings where this happened and they have to stop serving the house table wine once the dinner was over (I’m in Ontario too). 

    What I’ve seen done a few times that is a compromise on price is an open cocktail hour through the venue. You can probably calculate that with your wedding planner based on what’s there, and it likely wouldn’t be extremely expensive. Most people would only have a drink or two. Then you could close the bar down for dinner, and do your own wine. After dinner, when the bar opens back up, it’s a cash bar. 

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