(Closed) Need opinions/advice about our bar

posted 8 years ago in Reception
  • poll: Which would you rather see at a wedding

    Open beer and wine bar

    full bar available but guest pay for the drinks

  • Post # 17
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    I agree with what’s been said, do beer and wine so your guests don’t have to bring cash and payment to a party hosted by you.

    Post # 18
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

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    @Cupcake250:  Why is your caterer dictating what you can or can’t bring? Because you’ve hired them to serve it? Does your venue allow you to bring things in? Can you hire someone else to do bar service? 

    Post # 19
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    Newbee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    im having an open cocktail hour, and then putting 2 bottles of wine on each table.  after that, its a cash bar.  it wasn`t in our budget to do a fully open bar, but i think we are being reasonable with our guests.

    Post # 21
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

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    @Cupcake250:  I see. That’s a bummer. I really hate exclusive caterers, I feel like they always find ways to screw you over!

    Anyway, best of luck. I think you’re best off going with beer & wine, unless cash bars are common in your area and you know most of your guest list doesn’t like beer/wine.

    Post # 22
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    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: April 2012

    @Cupcake250:  why do you still have to pay $6/person for a cash bar?  i’ve never heard of that.  the ‘cash’ part of the bar pays for the product and set up usually, it’s built into the cost of the drinks. 

    Post # 24
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    I’d imagine the caterer might have to get some sort of liquor license/event license to serve alcohol in a public place that isn’t their property. Liquor laws are weird and complicated. If that’s the case, then it explains why the per-head cost is there on a cash bar: they’re passing the cost of the license on to the client (which I think is acceptable, but probably should have been explained). Otherwise they might have to charge more for the drinks or pray everyone gets all liquored up to cover the license.

    As for the “no outside food” clause, some business insurance policies actually require the vendor to prohibit this. They’ll often write a short list of exceptions such as wrapped candy bars under a certain size.

    Post # 25
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I agree with most of the PP just do the “hosted” bar. It will make your guests feel more special.

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