(Closed) Drink tickets?

posted 6 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Personally, I think the idea of drink tickets is pretty tacky. I just don’t like the idea of having to keep track of tickets and counting how many drinks. Would you be able to afford an unlimited beer and wine bar? Otherwise, maybe do a limited open bar for a certain amount of time (cocktail hour and dinner) or dollar amount  and then convert to cash bar.

ETA: I just realized that your venue is a brewery. In that case, I think you guests will be really shocked and disappointed if you don’t at least provide unlimited beer. That is kind of the whole point of a brewery venue IMO
 

Post # 4
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Yes, I think it’s tacky.  I also think using one of those tickets for an obligatory toast isn’t fair to your guests. 

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper

Personally, I’m not a huge fan. I think I’d be more inclined to do a beer and wine reception only or pay for beer and wine and then make mixed drinks a cash bar. I also just don’t like the idea of keeping track of my drink tickets. I would feel like I’m being treated like a college student.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

Can you put a cap on the bar? For example its open bar until the tab reaches $1000.00 and then its cash? That way you don’t need tickets.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee

I’ve been to drink ticket reception before, and EVERYONE complained.  Following with what the PP said, is there anyway you can do a wine/beer bar or put a cap on the bar and have cash for anything after that?  Or how about a signature drink or two that is free, and they have to pay for anything else?  

They are done often-ish around where I live, and even with that, people hate seeing them.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I’m sorry, but I can’t imagine going to a wedding at a *brewery* and not having at least an open beer bar! I think drink tickets are tacky.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee

@DeadUtopia:  Good point.  Since it is at a Brewery, it would make sense to have an open beer bar and cash for everything else.  If I were a guest, invited to a party at a Brewery, I wouldn’t expect to pay for beer.

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2012 - St. Philip Catholic Church/Arcadia Brewing Co.

I am going to go the other way here and say that tickets are the way to go. We are providing champagne for a toast and giving people tickets on top of that. (And we are having our reception at a brewery too!)

The co-ordinator suggested this and I don’t see a problem with it. Most of the time he said people don’t even use all of their tickets.

I think open Bar is best and this is a close second.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

We see them around here a lot. I have never had a problem with them. But what they do around here is they pay for all of their drinks with tickets and that way you don’t have to wait for every one to pay with cash.

I would say do a full ticket bar. And people buy their own tickets. Then just supply a drink or two and the wine/champagne.

I don’t see a problem with doing it that way.

 

Post # 12
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I guess must be regional, for my area it is pretty normal to do drink tickets. It is your wedding if you want to do drink tickets than do.  I know we did for ours and it was no complaining and whatever unused tickets were left over we got money back.

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2012 - St. Philip Catholic Church/Arcadia Brewing Co.

Also to be clear people are not paying for their tickets in the situation…

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

I don’t think a cap on the bar will work. If you tell people there’s a cap, there’ll be a run on the bar as everyone tries to load up on drinks before it goes to a cash bar. If you don’t tell people and suddenly it’s a cash bar, that’ll be a nightmare.

Have you considered having an afternoon reception? People may naturally drink less (depends on the crowd). Or you could have a dry reception. Personally I think if you are going to have alcohol at all you should try to have an open bar, but really I don’t think drink tickets are all that tacky if you give people a reasonable number of them.

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

I’m not a fan of drink tickets. Maybe open beer, and cash everything else?

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I think this sounds fine. I don’t really understand why there is such a stigma around making people pay for their drinks at the wedding to be honest. We are providing a signature cocktail and a wine reception but a cash bar for anything else. I’ve been to a few events and weddings with drink tickets and I think it’s a nice compromise!

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