(Closed) Is a cash bar normal where you live?

posted 5 years ago in Reception
Post # 76
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2016

Also Atlantic Canada and I’ve never been to a wedding with an open bar. It’s all cash bars around here. We are having a barn wedding and providing all the beverages for our guests (wine, beer, juice, water and pop) but the dance is byob!

Post # 77
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Newbee

Im from Ireland and a cash bar is the norm, the last wedding that I was at, the venue ran out of alcohol. Our weddings can last up to 18 hours though and generally most of this time is spent drinking.

If there were an open bar, the weddings here would cost as much as a house. It just wouldnt be possible

Post # 78
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2016 - Canaan Valley Resort, WV

I think it also depends on what is expected among your friend and family group rather than local too.  In West Virginia, I’ve been to open everything, just beer and wine (which we’re doing), and a mix of others.  My secetary’s daughter is having a wedding in a month and is only having a keg and then a cash bar for other spirits.  My sister has been to a wedding where it’s BYOB.  I don’t think it’s necessarily where you live but what’s expected among your friend and family group.

Post # 79
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

I agree with PP that it is probably a combination of socioeconomics, social circles, and locale/geography.

That said, in our social circles and geography, it is 100% open bar all the way (southeast/mid-atlantic). 

Post # 80
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

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maritimebride2016:  I’m in rural Minneaota, cash bars are definitely the norm. Guests were amazed we offered beer, wine, and soft drinks at our reception. 

Post # 81
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Blushing bee

Toronto – open bar is the norm

Post # 82
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2016

Outside of free beer and possibly wine, cash bar is typically the norm where I am from in Wisconsin.

Post # 83
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Blushing bee

NE US. Full open bar is the norm. I’ve been to a few weddings that were champagne/beer/wine only (rural, casual affairs). I personally don’t care if it’s a full bar or limited but cash would throw me for a loop because I wouldn’t think to bring more than a few bucks (for tips) to a wedding. 

Post # 84
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: September 2016

In Alberta and I have never been to an open bar wedding.  generally a “twoonie” bar  

Post # 85
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

I live in Northern Wisconsin. I have never been to a wedding with an open bar. It’s always been cash, except ONCE. That one time, there was free beer and EVERYBODY was super excited! LOL!

Suffice to say, I’m pretty stoked about my limited beverage open bar. It’s going to be a hit.

Post # 86
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

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maritimebride2016:  I’m from NC and it’s all over the place. I’ve seen weddings with cash bars and others with no bar/alcohol at all. I’ve never seen an open bar, but I’m sure they are here, especially for those who have bigger weddings. 

Post # 87
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

London and used to wine on the table for dinner and then a cash bar in the evening.

Post # 88
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2016 - Blue Devil Golf Club

Calgary here, most of the weddings I have been to have been “toonie” ($2 coin) bar, they had drink tickets, or full cash bar.  We are planning on having an open bar though.

Post # 89
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Helper bee

Cash bars are not common at all in my social circle or location. I’ve only ever been to one cash bar wedding and people were not happy about it. I think they’re tacky. If you’re going to host an event, actually host the event. Don’t make your guests open their wallets if they want a cocktail. 

Post # 90
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

I’m in Germany and had never even heard of the concept of a cash bar before joining the bee. At the same time I don’t think the majority of people provide what would be considered an open bar in the US. Normally it’s just antialcoholic drinks (hot and cold), wine, beer and champagne as well as a digestif after dinner; hard liquor and mixed drinks usually aren’t openly available at weddings here. 

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