Post # 1
Originally my FH wanted an open bar. Now that he’s seen the numbers adding up we were thinking of a different approach. We would like to give 2 bottles of wine to each table, plus 2 or 3 drink tickets at each guests seat. Aftyou they use their tickets they must pay cash for drinks. Is this tacky? Or any suggestions?
Post # 3
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
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 # 5
@pharmy: Thanks .. I don’t think it is either as we are still giving them a few free drinks plus wine. Also, people who don’t drink or children can always share their tickets!
Post # 6
@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
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
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
I agree with the above posters, drink tickets are no good. Do a wine/beer bar instead.
Post # 11
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
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
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
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
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
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.