Post # 1
We’re having a cash bar at our wedding, and we feel we should notify our guests ahead of time so they know to bring money. All the weddings I’ve been to have been open bar or at least free beer, so I don’t think a cash bar is normal in the area and our guests probably won’t be prepared.
Anyone know the best way to word this in the invitations? Should I just write “cash bar” in the reception section?
Post # 3
Maybe…”please join us for dinner and dancing at________, cash bar available”
Post # 4
You don’t because it’s rude and people will be offended. That information is to be spread via word of mouth only.
Post # 5
I agree with @mzlouis2b:, that wording sounds fine, not rude at all. In the UK cash bars are much, much more common but in places where they are not, I think it’s a good idea to put in on the invites just so there’s no confusion.
Post # 6
I think that wording is fine. Don’t worry about some people thinking it’s rude, it’s not a big deal.
Post # 7
Agree with mzlouis2b as well. Doesn’t sound rude at all!
Word of mouth doesn’t always work… Nothing wrong with having a cash bar, and I wouldn’t be offended if a couple decided to have one, but as a guest, I’d like to know right off the bat. I’d feel more “offended” if they didn’t let guests know.
Post # 8
I like that wording as well. I prefer to know ahead of time, so that I can bring cash (I never ever carry cash normally.) I went to a wedding once where I wasn’t allowed to bring a +1 (before we were engaged) and found out afterwards it was a cash bar and had to leave the reception to go to an ATM to get some money out in order to have a couple of drinks. Unfortunately I didn’t really know anyone at the wedding to hit up for a a few drinks or a few bucks. Kinda sucked. Tell them ahead of time, and don’t just depend on word-of-mouth!
Post # 9
i suggest word of mouth but if you are having a larger wedding that might be difficult. we had a cash bar but a small wedding of 60 people and it got around fine word of mouth.
I think @mzlouis2b: wording sounds good!
Post # 10
I dont know of anyone that leaves their house without their wallet these days but it is inconveniant to have to find an ATM. I think the wording posted above is fine. It will be great to have the advanced notice.
Post # 11
I personally don’t carry cash to weddings, and where I live having a cash bar and not free beer at the very least is almost unheard of, so our guests won’t be prepared.
We have 150 invited to dinner (only immediate family, aunts, uncles, 1st cousins- yes we have a lot) and probably close to 300 invited to the dance. I don’t think it’s possible to tell everyone, to be honest, and I don’t want it to be a last minute surprise.
I like mzlouis2b’s wording as well, I think I’ll use that, thanks!
Post # 12
I suggested something similar on a thread made by Miss Tattoo, but what about “A selection of drinks will be available for purchase?”
I’m also not sure I would put it on the invitation, perhaps on the website? Or on the insert that also provides directions to the venue, etc.
Post # 13
i like this wording, and i think it is perfectly appropriate. i NEVER carry cash these days, so i would definitely appreciate the heads up.
Post # 14
@Aure: Your line sounds better, I’m just worried that people may interpret that as “free beer but you pay for mixed drinks”. I want to make it as clear as possible.
Putting it on the venue directions card would sound great except almost all my guests know the venue well and many of my older relatives don’t use computers D: I guess all I can do is hope it doesn’t come off rude, and that people recognize we’re college students on a budget.
Post # 15
Another wording is “no host bar” however, some people may still require clarification on that.
Post # 16
@mzlouis2b: I am totally using that wording on my invites!