(Closed) No drama please…but I have a cash bar question for bees who HAD a cash bar

posted 7 years ago in Food
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Put a quick note on your website and start passing along the info by word of mouth. Tell your mom/aunt/dad/cousin/bridal party (aka whomever) to pass along the info. 

Post # 4
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I also had to compromise on a “cash bar”. We are paying for soda and beer, but anything else will have to be paid for. You could always say “Out of respect for some of our recovering alcoholic guests, we will not be having an open bar.” If it makes you feel better, Wedding Ettiquette for dummies actually says that many circles view it as rude and insensitive to have alcohol. 

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

Maybe a pm fb mess to people explaining that due to the short notice you are telling themabout it on fb so they know to bring $

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

I disagree with previous poster about lying as to why you are doing it, tell people the truth, providing you aren’t spending lots of money on something more frivolous like a stretched hummer or videographer, they wont mind, alternatively you could ask for money in lieu of gifts and pay the bar with that.

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I think word of mouth is the way to go here.  We are in the same situation actually, so I know the feeling.  It sucks to not be able to cover all of our guests drinks of the evening, but we are providing ice tea and lemonade as well as the champagne toast like you.

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010 - The Atlantic Beach Club

We were almost in the same situation, when my husband was out of work, we had to make budget cuts and thought we would have to have a cash bar. We used word of mouth and I’m pretty sure most of our guests knew by the time the wedding came. My Mother-In-Law, mother and bridesmaids were a big help at letting people know.

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Let word of mouth take care of it – I think we’ll be in a similar situation, it totally sucks monkeys, but most people understand how expensive it can get.

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2012

On my website, in the “menu” section I put “Red and White wine, tea, coffee and water will be available. Additional drinks can be purchased at the cash bar”. Also, try and mention it to a few people and hope it gets passed on by word of mouth.

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

@kate169: In addition to word of mouth, I think you should also put it on the website.  I bet people will be checking it as the day gets closer to get directions, start time, registry information, etc.

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Not sure where you are getting married but it might be helpful to scope out the nearest ATM so if there is something close you can have people spread the word about that too. 

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I would go by word of mouth and put something on your website as well.. did you already tell people you were having a host bar?

Lots of people have cash bars, I don’t understand why people think its such bad thing. Yeah, host bars are nice, but most weddings I have been to haven’t had them.

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

If we have a booze at all at our wedding it will be a cash bar.  We can not afford to pay for my drunk a** family lol.

Post # 16
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Word of mouth should work like a charm.

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