(Closed) Not having an Open Bar all night. Is this bad???

posted 8 years ago in Food
Post # 3
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Bumble Beekeeper

If you’re going to do it this way, just make sure you’re guests know that the open bar is only for the cocktail hour in advance.

Post # 5
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Bumble Beekeeper

Well, you can make sure that your family and bridal party know and they cn do the word of mouth thing. Also, if you’re having a website, make sure it is stated on there.

I say this because people will get far more irate if they are blindsided by this information at the event. Plus, this gives people warning to bring cash.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I think that is fine! Just put on an info card somewhere – cash bar, then the cocktail hour and wine pass will be like bonuses to people! 

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

or let them know when you give tem the invitation, so they will know in advance, they have to understand

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

$30 a person for a 1 hour open bar – yikes!  That’s pretty outrageous.

Is there any way to “downgrade” the liquor to keep it open longer for the same price?  Or, just do beer and wine all night?

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Whether or not cash bar is expected really depends on what area of the country you live in I think.  Here in WI, I’ve never been to a wedding where they had cash bar all night, and I had a cash bar at my wedding.  Nobody complained.

It probably also depends on what your family is used to as well.  Mentioning it on the invitations would probably be a nice head’s up for your guests.

$30/person for one hour is crazy expensive though!  I believe I was at a wedding once where the MC announced that in 10 minutes the open bar would be closing, and lots of people made a dash for the bar.  If you do that too, you’ll be sure to get your $30 worth at least!

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I think if you’re doing a one hour open bar followed by wine service, that’s fine – just don’t ask your guests to pay for their own drinks.  Cash bars are taky and rude.

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I think open bar before dinner and then close it is totally fine. I have been to a wedding like that and nobody there had an issue. If course, we all had two drinks in hand right before the bar closed 🙂

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2011 - The Providence Biltmore

As a fellow Massachusetts Bee, albeit the South Coast, I very rarely attend weddings that are open bar. I know in other areas of the country it is standard practice. That being said, with a downtown Boston wedding, guests might expect to be wined and dined.  I think your open cocktail hour and wine service will be much appreciated. 

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

What about a signature drink or two, wine and beer? And guests pay if they want something outside that? That price seems unbelievably high to me.

Post # 16
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I’ve been to both and obviously open bar is always better for guests.  I personally do not mind a cash bar, but make sure you let the guests know.  There is nothing more annoying than having to leave the reception to drive to the atm after you’ve been drinking at cocktail hour

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