(Closed) Open Bar – is it a regional expectation?

posted 12 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
2365 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I think so.  I’m from upstate New York and I’ve only been to one wedding that had a cash bar.  Everything else was full open bar.

Post # 4
447 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

In MI, open bar is expected. Where is it regionally specific that a cash bar is Miss Manners appropriate?

Post # 5
1646 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

my family is kind of from all over–i’ve been to weddings in dc, nyc, sf bay area, boston, and houston tx and never seen a cash bar…

Post # 6
84 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Most family weddings I attended (Ohio, Upstate New York) have been open bar.  Our wedding in Michigan will be open bar.

I work in central Massachusetts and most of my coworkers were shocked when they heard our wedding would be open bar.  Of the east coast weddings I’ve attended, I’ve seen a mixture of open bar, cash bar, and limited bar.

So my answer is . . . yes, I think it’s regional!

Post # 7
746 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

In the midwest all wedding have been an open bar except one that was a cash bar.  When I lived in the Southwest, most either had a cash bar or no alcohol at all.

Post # 8
107 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

I’ve only been to one wedding where there was a cash bar.

I think that it’s better to have a limited bar and/or no bar than a cash bar. It’s like inviting someone over to your house for dinner and then expecting them to pay for their meal.

Post # 9
1530 posts
Bumble bee

I’m from Michigan and have been to a few weddings around the Great Lakes area (Michigan, Chicago, Cleveland).  Most of them have been weddings with open bars, never cash bar.

Post # 10
1259 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Havent been to too many weddings but I went to one in September in Richmond that was a limited bar (beer/wine/signature cocktails) and then I went to one in July in Rockville, MD that was beer and wine only…..Also depends on time of day…my dads wedding was a lunch reception and they just had beer/wine/champagne…..I would love to be able to have an open bar but I dont know if its going to be possible because our venue charges SO much for it (its per drink)

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