(Closed) Is this tacky for my bar??

posted 9 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
1311 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

I don’t think it’s tacky at all, but a lot of people will. If it’s what your budget allows, then go for it.

Post # 4
1599 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

What about hosting a soft bar (beer and wine only) and cash for cocktails? It might be a little more budget friendly and personally I hate drink tickets, I’d rather there just be a dollar amount paid ahead of time and me not have to carry around tickets.

Post # 6
181 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@redhead46:  yes this! We save $4 per person by cutting to beer and wine. and every guest under 21 is also $12.50 less per person.

if you put wine on the tables, how will guests open the bottles? Does your venue still charge a corking fee for these bottles? This is something to consider bc I’m not sure this approach will actually save tons of money, but it depends what sort of venue you have.

Post # 7
1348 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I feel like if peole can’t afford a full open bar, then just offer beer and wine. Drink tickets and/or cash bar just seems low brow to me. But I’m a bar snob.

Post # 8
170 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I think it’s perfectly fine!  We’re doing a twoonie bar (We’re in Canada).  Two dollars per drink plus wine on the tables.  We’ve been told to anticipate having to pay for the cost of the mixes (juice, pop, etc.) but will break even on the alcohol.  Don’t worry about what other people think- what you suggested sounds more than reasonable!

Post # 10
4996 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

I agree with the above posters, drink tickets are no good. Do a wine/beer bar instead. 

Post # 11
2315 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

This might be regional, but I’ve never been to a wedding with drink tickets and I would be a little thrown off if I saw them. My vote also is to go for beer and wine only – I’ve been to plenty of weddings like that, and never minded a bit.

Post # 12
1875 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I personally think drink tickets are tacky – they remind me of a carnival.  Plus, I know I’d lose mine and then I’d be pissed.  I would just serve beer and wine only.


Post # 13
17 posts

Sticking to your budget it important, but I don’t think drink tickets are the answer.  Try to make it work with wine and beer instead of an open bar.

Post # 14
1258 posts
Bumble bee

I had always thought that a full open bar was the only way to go… until I realized what it would cost us. We did beer and wine gratis, and then cash bar for cocktails. People who really, really wanted a G&T could get one, but most people were happy with the beer and wine. 

Post # 15
414 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Can your venue do a pre-set amount for you?  In other words, you set a bar budget, for example $1500 dollars, and when the bar gets to that amount, it converts to a cash bar.  That way you have a bit more control over what you want to spend.  And in this way you still cater to your guests while saving your pocketbook.

Post # 16
1935 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

How would the table wine be served?  It might turn kind of awkward if several people want more wine and there’s only half a bottle left or something. I would rather do an extra ticket or something.  Although, I would rather have an open bar for beer and wine if possible. 

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