(Closed) How do we pay for our bar?

posted 8 years ago in Money
  • poll: Which would you prefer at an after party (there was no alcohol at the reception)?
    $2 beers & $2.50 wine : (22 votes)
    40 %
    one beer or wine on us, then $4 beers and $5 glasses of wine : (8 votes)
    15 %
    cash bars are always tacky - you should at least host the wine : (25 votes)
    45 %
  • Post # 3
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2010

    Hmm….I totally agree with Fiance, do not go into debt to pay for alcohol at an after-party. If your friends want to drink, let them pay

    Post # 4
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2010

    Trust me…young people on budgets always have spare change for a beer or drink

    Post # 5
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: February 2010

    i think it’s fine to have cash bar at the after party. especially if you can’t afford it.

    Post # 6
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    You could always buy wine from Trader Joes. It is like $2 a bottle, and it is actually rather good! Try it out, you may be surprised. Maybe you could bring the wine and pay for half of the beer? That way your friends could enjoy free wine and $2 beers.

    Post # 7
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: March 2010 - Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay

    i think your instinct to want to treat guests to some drinks is a very nice one. but going into debt for it is not a good idea, and i highly doubt that any of your friends would want to make that sacrifice.  why don’t you host up to the reasonable limit you have set, and after that have a cash bar? you could frame it as that you are hosting the first (or two) round(s) of drinks, and that everyone is on their own for the rest of the evening. that way you don’t have an open bar hours during which people might rush the bar and put you over the limit. you can limit the number of drinks per person that you host by honor system (having the bartender ask each guest) or do something like drink tickets.

    Post # 8
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    Worker bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    Why don’t you do an amount bar if the venue allows you. Just put an amount down that you guys are comfortable with. I feel you pain too! We are having a 2 hour fully hosted bar and adding a $1,000 amount to that. Alcohol is so expensive like raised 300% for wedding! arrrgh

    Post # 9
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    Sugar bee

    Cash bar at after party = FINE (IMO).

    Cash bar at wedding = NOT fine.

    Post # 10
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2009

    I like the idea of you paying half. I think that would be really nice of you. It’s the afterparty, not the actual wedding, so as a guest I would just assume I was paying for my drinks. I wouldn’t think it was rude or tacky at all. Have you thought about doing something like drink tickets?I made these and I was thinking about using them at my wedding. We wanted to do 2 or 3 hours of free alcohol, but like you, we were afraid we’d have some people guzzling down drinks during that time period..http://www.zazzle.com/cr/design/pt-profilecard/?customize_it=true&pd=240682897700915047&t_text1=Good%20for%20one%20draft%20Beer%20or%20house%20wine&t_text2=Michael%20%26%20JustineMarch%2013%2C%202010&get_started_dialog=false
    *if I get these they’ll be black and they’ll say courtesy of the bride and groom at the bottom

    Post # 11
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    I think for an afterparty nobody would expect you to pay for drinks.

    Post # 12
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    Sugar bee

    I think if you are not serving drinks at the reception and hosting an official after party, it would be nice to host at least the first hour or round. You mention using savings to pay for this, which I think is different than going into debt. If you are not paying for anything else, can you start saving now and by June have a wedidng after party budget? Something like $200 per month could easily accumulate by skipping a dinner out her and there nad limiting other spending and then you could host a bar tab of $1000 at the after party. I also think you can find wine for less than $115. We just bought $10 wine which is quite nice and even a savings of $5 per bottle at 25 bottles is $125 you’ve cut off the bill. Good luck.

    Post # 14
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    I would maybe buy a couple more bottles of wine, but I think that $2 beers are super reasonable. Plus, in the middle of summer a lot of people will be willing to pay $2 for a cool, refreshing beer.

    Post # 15
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    I thought the idea of drink ticketswas really good. You could get custom made “coins” made up and attach them to the invitations.

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