(Closed) How to word/let people know "first drink is on us, then you pay"?

posted 7 years ago in Food
Post # 17
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

I’ve never even heard of a drink ticket. Could you possibly have someone handing out mimosas or something? Maybe have a punch bowl? And then a cash bar? 

Post # 18
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

Question, how many people are coming? When you are doing brunch, generally you can get away with just mimosas/champagne and/or a signature spiked punch, both of which might be affordable if you just stick with the one signature drink and leave it at that. I cannot imagine most people wanting things like rum and cokes and whiskey for brunch. GAK! Especially for a weekday. No boozy bar is necessary IMO

Post # 19
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Sugar bee

What about doing a pairing?  So maybe a mimosa served with the meal, and then just a soft bar other then that?

Then you remain 100% polite, and your guests get your one free drink.

Unfortunately, there is no way to say “and then you pay” politely. 

Offer what you will offer, and don’t mention what you aren’t offering.  Just like you won’t be mentioning on the invitation that you will pay for breakfast, but afterwards they can pay for a steak.

 

Post # 20
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

No drink tickets! I would just say you are having a cash bar & surprise them with them with a free drink. Maybe the toast is the free drink. 

Post # 21
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

After reading the responses I like the idea of putting something on the menu like, “your first drink is on us”

Post # 22
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I don’t know how things are done in the States but here in the UK it is less common to have a free bar (my experience at least), often the first drink at the reception is free, which is denoted by either the drinks having being poured ready to take on arrival or waiter/ess walks around the crowd with drinks on a server tray

Post # 23
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

Could you maybe pay for a bloody mary bar, and then mimosas?  How many people are you inviting?  You have a lot of time to save between now and then.

Post # 24
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

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@MissStumptown:  I had post wedding drinks their back ((cough ex-husband)) in the day.  I worked nearby and would go there often.

Since it’s at a brewery and in a very walk/public transportation friendly part of town, I agree you need to let people know ahead of time about bringing cash.  

Post # 25
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Bumble bee

Hey i think you should mention it on the invite, like an insert that says “have one drink of your choice and toast with us!” And then make a sign at the bar, and mention on the menu just to cover your bases 🙂 other bees said the same and i think people will appreciate this gesture!

Post # 26
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

If their first drink is on you, how, other than drink tickets, will you be keeping track of the first drink?

Post # 27
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I would do a cash bar, and advertize it as a cash bar (note on your wedding website for example), and just have the wait staff pour each guest one signature drink as they are seated and preparing to dine.  There is a different perception between announcing that everyone gets one free drink and pays for the rest, as opposed to everyone being prepared to buy their drinks and being surprised with one freebie as they settle in for brunch.

You could also consider a Build Your Own Bloody Mary Bar set up only during the actual meal; most folks will not have multiple trips because they are busy eating.

I don’t think drink chits or tickets belong at a hosted event; those are more appropriate for an event where you are paying an entry price.

Post # 29
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@MissStumptown:  Maybe have someone announce “the couple would like everyone to share in a toast with all their guests – so grab yourselves a complimentary drink at the bar and let’s celebrate!”

Post # 30
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

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@MissStumptown:  That idea sort of rubs me the wrong way because what if I don’t want to have a drink until later, but by then it has switched the cash? Meanwhile the guy sitting next to me has had three free drinks.

I like drink tickets, but I know for some reason you do not. I also like the idea of advertising it as a cash bar, then pouring everyone a drink when they arrive. You have some good suggestions here.

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