(Closed) Free alcohol or cash alcohol

posted 7 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Thats what we’re doing, its a mix between budget and also, there are members of my extended family that would abuse an open bar and then there would be a fist fight ahem….so cash bar it is! lol

Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I went to a wedding where they had a couple bottles of champagne on each table along with a cashbar. I thought it was a good compromise!

Or you could have a big punch bowl! It could be your “signature drink”, so people could choose between that and the cash bar. There are lots of great recipes online for punches, and you could do a a champagne punch and use cheaper champagne (like Andre), so no one would know. We did this for a holiday party because we didn’t want to spend a lot of $$ on alcohol and it worked out great. It will look pretty with fresh cut fruit it in!

Post # 5
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2019

cash bar is fine 🙂 i love the punch idea! all you need is fruit juice, lemonade and champagne 🙂

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Cash bar is fine. Where providing all the wine with dinner but it will be a cash bar afterwards. The night before where having a bbq which will include wine and beer. 

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I really like the idea of a signature drink or maybe a bottle of wine on the tables with dinner. I think its a nice combination between having an open bar which is way over budget and having a cash bar. Plus if you choose a signature drink you can have fun with the color, ingredients, and name.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

@VermontBride13:  I actually ask a baretender I use to like in my hometown for the recipe of my favorite drink and he was more than happy to share it. Where having a chocolat shot which is awsome.

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

I personally am fine with cash bars, but I do think it’s nice to offer at least some free alcohol (a keg or two, and possibly some wine/champagne, like others mentioned).  I do think this depends largely on the area you live in, and the socioeconomic class you’re in.  I’m from the Midwest and am an average Jo from a blue color family – everyone we know has a cash bar after an hour or so of open bar.  I know there are a lot of bees on here who despise cash bars, so you’re probably going to get a mixed result.  Think about most weddings you attend, are they cash or open?  Are your guests going to expect a cash or open bar?  I personally see no need to go broke over supplying other people with alcoholic beverages, but if I attended all open bar weddings and showed up and there was a cash bar, I might not have much cash money on me, and may be a little off put by this. 

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Agree…cash bar fine, punch a great compromise. Do what’s financially viable for you and don’t stress about what people think. Real friends will understand weddings are a massive expense .

Post # 11
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Honey bee

Alcohol is never required and many people have a great time without it. If you must have it, serve what you can afford and don’t serve what you can’t. It’s rude to charge guests to eat and drink anything at your wedding, even if it might be accepted in certain areas.

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I think cash bars are fine everyone one in my area has them.  Cash vs free post always end up messy on these boards!

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I think it depends on what you are accustomed to doing in your area/amongest your friends.  My friends are now accustomed to having open bars, but 10 years ago we were more prepared for cash bars.

Just make sure your guests know it’s a cash bar – would be a bummer to arrive and not be prepared with enough cash on hand.  🙂  I agree with the other posters if you can do 2 bottles of wine on each table that’d be a nice touch. 

Post # 14
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Bumble bee

@Oh Ya:  I would be put off by a cash bar. However, I think the punch/ signature drink is a good option.

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Just an opinion to consider…I’d far rather have the option to have a drink if I want one than have it dictated that I can’t because free booze can’t be provided.

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@Steampunk Angel:  that is exactly my family too: abuse the open bar and things could get out of hand.

To comrpomise this, we are putting 2 bottles of wine on each table at dinner, we are looking into a “signature drink” punch bowl as well, and will have a cash bar.

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