(Closed) Open Bar??

posted 8 years ago in Reception
  • poll: What kind of bar are you having at your reception?
    Cash Bar : (11 votes)
    9 %
    Open Bar : (88 votes)
    76 %
    Cap Bar : (11 votes)
    9 %
    no alcohol at all : (6 votes)
    5 %
  • Post # 3
    Hostess
    18637 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2009

    We had an open bar and actually got money back.  People didn’t go crazy with it.  If you want to have an open bar for part of the time and then switch over, that’s fine but you should let people know since most people don’t carry cash anymore.

    Post # 4
    Member
    2410 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    I think you should just have an open bar. People don’t go crazy at open bars just because they are there. There will be a lot of time spent eating, dancing toasting etc, so it should be fine.

    Post # 5
    Member
    7300 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2012

    We are getting married in a garden/mansion at a local park. We have to buy an alcohol permit and we are providing the alcohol. It’s going to be the middle of the day so we are providing wine, beer, water, soda, punch. If people want something harder then they can get it for themselves at the optional after party. ^_^

    Post # 6
    Member
    602 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    We’re putting down a certain dollar value on the bar that we think will cover people for our reception, which is in the afternoon so people won’t be drinking too much anyway, as well as having wine on the tables. After that limit is exceeded, it’ll become a cash bar. I don’t want to go ‘open bar’ just in case people drink a lot and we get stuck with a bill we can’t afford.

    Post # 7
    Member
    922 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    We had an open bar – I’ve actually never been to a wedding that didn’t have one.

    Post # 9
    Member
    3148 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    @jenroh1984: we were allowed to bring in our own booze. So we bought a bottle of white and red wine for each table and then about 800.00 worth of alcohol (beers, spirits etc) and put it behind that bar…and then it was open and free for everyone…we ran out of some kinds of stuff but had a few leftovers…it was great!

    Post # 10
    Member
    10366 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2010

    Oh, this is one of the most controversial topics you could have brought up. We did open bar – it’s the only option at our venue, and we also don’t think it is ok to charge guests for things at a wedding. But it’s really regional from what i’ve gathered on other explosive threads on this topic. Some places a cash bar is the norm.

    Post # 11
    Hostess
    16195 posts
    Honey Beekeeper

    We’re having a limited open bar with wine, beer and champagne. Guests can drink as much of that as they want, but it saves us from footing the cost of liquor.

    Post # 12
    Member
    5 posts
    Newbee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    We are doing a toonie bar! With this we get the host (open) bar prices and everyone has to pay $2 for their drinks and we will pay the difference. Its a happy medium and this way people wont be wasting their drinks or over consuming.

    Post # 13
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    14183 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2009

    We had an open bar with two signature cocktails, beer, and wine. People were plenty satisfied. I’ve been to one VERY large wedding that was open until dinner and then became cash and another one that was drinks provided until the tab hit a certain amount, and then turned into cash. The rest have been open. which is quite standard here.

    Open bar is always well received when you’re traveling, though =]

    Unless you’ve got an entire fresh-out-of-college-fraternity-house there, people don’t get ridiculous.

    Post # 16
    Member
    3148 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    @jenroh1984: WEll i have to agree with your dad in a way. I live in Vancouver which you THINK would be filled with some classy people *laugh* But i went to a wedding on grouse mountain and it was open ba….the BROTHER of the GROOM took tons of drinks and hid them all around the venue so he could have free drinks later (it was open bar for four hours and then full price) and he was pretty drunk…but what i found more hurtful was he took advantage of the open bar like that…i mean in the end it was FREE for him but it cost his brother over 3,000.00!!!

    Someone puked at my wedding to. I was thank ful i didnt hear about it on the day of, it wasnt till a couple days later and MORE thank ful that only my sister and another girl were there when this girl got sick…so the situation was covered up pretty fast and no one knew the wiser.

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