Post # 1
Just to state up front, it is customary to have a cash bar for weddings held in Atlantic Canada, neither myself or anyone I know who’s from here as ever heard of a wedding having an open bar for a number of reasons. It is customary though to have wine provided on the tables for the meals.
Our venue charges quite a bit for a bottle of wine and we could get it cheaper through the liquor store but then the hotel charges huge corkage fees, so really it all works out to be the same in the end. I personally do not like wine and I know a number of people who will be attending the wedding also do not like wine, therefore it would be in better interest to have something that would appeal to more people.
So I came up with the idea of having drink tickets. Each guest would revieve 2 tickets, that way they can get whatever drink they would like from the bar (the drinks would be free and my Fiance and I would pick up the tab).
What do fellow bees think about having drink tickets vs. having table wine?
Keep in mind the tickets would be nicely designed and not the standard carnival tickets….
My Fi and I were also trying to brainstrom as to when would be a good time for our guests to recieve the tickets?
(with their invites..they would probably forget to bring them, with their programs at the ceremony, with their placecards or at each table setting…)
Post # 3
My instinct would be to go for the wine, but if you really think a lot of your guests won’t like it, then do the tickets. Personally, where I’m from, drink tickets aren’t a weird thing. I worked as a server at TONS of weddings for years that used drink tickets. They usually were just kept with people’s placecards or table setting.
Post # 4
Something else that may work, is to pay a certain amount up front for the bar tab, and allow Sodas to be free, and have them offer liquor at a discounted?
but the tickets sound like a good idea too!!!!
Post # 5
I thought about that idea too but both sides of our family are heavy drinkers therefore some people may get a bunch of drinks and other people get none before the bar tab has reached it’s max. Good idea though….
Post # 6
I would go with the drink tickets. I’d have them on the place settings. Hopefully no one would go around and steal ‘extras" though.
Post # 7
I thought about the "taking extras’ thing but then I thought if I put them in an envelope with their seating cards then we might be able to get around this issue. My Fiance and I are going to crunch the numbers tonight to see which option (table wine or drink tickets) works out cheaper….being the Bargain Bride that I am…
Post # 8
I’m not sure that this is the best place in wedding planning to cheap out. Cut things like chair covers, expensive stationery, etc. But not things that make the evening enjoyable for your guests. Personally, I think the wine on the tables is a little classier than having tickets for drinks. As long as the option of a cash bar is there for those who dislike wine, I think that would be a better way to go.
Post # 9
That’s an awesome idea!! I would put the tickets at their place setting, and beware of boozers stealing others’ tickets!
Post # 10
- Wedding: September 2009 - Barr Mansion
I might be a little annoyed that I had to keep up with tickets, but as someone who would MUCH rather have beer than wine, I’d prefer that option.
Post # 11
This is a tough one, as you clearly understand.
On the one hand, will be people just expect wine? On the other, your non-wine drinking guests will appreciate your deviation from the norm.
Is there any way you can split the baby? Is it normal to have free flowing wine at the tables (as in bottles are replaced) so that you could not replace it and offer one drink ticket per person? Or is it normal to have red and white, so you could offer just a light red, a fully bodied white, or even a nice rose and then one drink ticket?
At the end of the day, both of your suggestions seem fine when you are dealing with a crowd that does not expect an open bar (you lucky duck). You really can’t go wrong.