(Closed) Open Bar

posted 6 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
3626 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I’d say beer and wine is enough. If you choose to offer liquor, maybe have a sign listing the possible mix-ins so they don’t order something that’s not available.

Post # 5
4275 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

@redheadem:  This or put up a menu of like 3 or 5 drinks. 5 being the most common things that people drink. So cranberry vodka, jack n coke, seven/seven, etc…

We did this and had them set out on trays so people could just grab n’ go. We had guests that hate lines so…

That way it is kept simple. But wine/beer only is definitely fine!

Post # 6
85 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Is it rude to do part of the night  open and then part cash bar?

Post # 8
383 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

At my wedding we are just doing beer, wine and margaritas. I figure that should make everyone happy. If it’s free people will drink it!

Post # 9
1093 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012


@fuzzipeach:  I think it’s fine to offer just beer and wine (or beer wine and champagne).  As long as you’re hosting, ie, paying for it, you’re 100% in the safe zone.  People might still whine, but honestly, of people who drink, 95% can probably find something to drink at a beer and wine only bar, even if it’s not something they’re totally crazy about.  If you do decide to offer liquor, I like the idea of putting up menus as far as what’s available, and sticking to common, simple drinks.


@LammChop:  The answers you get to this will vary by region, I think.  I am annoyed when I go to a wedding where I’m expected to whip out my wallet for drinks.  I don’t carry cash to weddings, at least not in any significant amount (I carry enough to tip the bartenders, that’s about it), because cash bars are in the extreme minority in my area, so a cash bar sneaks up on me and forces me (or Fiance, more likely) to find an ATM, which then charges me to take money out, yadda yadda yadda.  That all said, if they’re common where you’re from, people won’t be blindsided by it, so I don’t think it would be as big a deal to your guests.  You need to base it on what you’ve seen, or talk to a few trusted friends/relatives to get their opinions.

Post # 10
65 posts
Worker bee

As long as it’s a hosted bar (as opposed to a cash bar), a budget-friendly beer and wine bar is fine.  Even a ‘dry wedding’ could be just as fun.  Having a full bar is not essential, just like serving filet mignon and lobster is not a ‘must’ for a fantastic reception.  While there may be a few disappointed guests – I’ve never known a wedding that was ruined simply because they didn’t serve vodka, rum or some other liquor.  

Post # 11
857 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@LammChop:  Where I come from, yes. You “host” the party, you are responsible for food/drinks. You wouldnt dare have people pay for their dinner, would you? 

Wine and beer is great though, and it saves a lot of money! 

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