- 6 years ago
- Wedding: September 2016
I am in Iowa- it’s completely normal here. No one wants to pay for people getting drunk on their dime.
We are having a bottle of wine on every other table (15 bottles, otherwise a bottle on every table is A LOT). Then unlimited soda and a 1/2 keg. Anything else is cash bar.
Australia – I didn’t realize cash bars were even a thing until I joined weddingbee…
Northern New England – cash bars are pretty normal here!
That being said – if it’s normal for your crowd, I see no problem having it. The only problem, IMO, comes in when it’s not something your guests would be used to and they end up surprised by it.
NJ and have never seen one.
NE US here. I don’t think I have ever been to a cash bar wedding.
I’m in Orange County, CA. All the weddings I’ve been to have either been dry(moms side of the family doesn’t drink). Dads side has been cash. And all our friends who have been getting married either do drink tickets which I hate, or partial open. we opted for partial as request of my FIs mom lol plus 3k is a lot. Cocktail hour, wine on table, champagne toasts is provided. Plus we will have little bottles as our favors
I have been so fascinated with the cash/open bar debates on this board. I am in the Apalachin region of Kentucky and live in a county where you couldn’t buy alcohol legally until this year. If there is alcohol at a wedding at all it is a cash bar. However it’s much more likely the wedding will be dry. Even the very high end high dollar weddings I’ve attended have had cash bars. The only weddings I have attended that provided any alcohol at all were out of town.
To be honest the most fun I have ever had at a wedding was my cousins and they had a BYOB wedding. It was the the poster wedding for rustic elegance before it was cool.
In fact I’m going to a wedding in a couple of months that is ‘open bar’ but they won’t have spirits. Now I love G&T, and can’t drink more than one glass of wine. I would be happier paying for what I actually wanted to drink!!
In Texas – Big no, no.
I have been to true “Open Bar” weddings with all spirirts and I have been to “Beer and Wine Open Bar” and they were both great!
I have lived in texas, Boston, and now southern California, all in very large metro cities. I have been to many wedding and never been to a wedding with a cash bar. Once I attended a wedding that switched to open beer and wine only after cocktail hour, at which time guests could purchase drinks with hard alcohol, so maybe that sort of counts? But every other wedding has always been full open bar.
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