(Closed) Open bar or Cash Bar??? HELP!

posted 6 years ago in Reception
  • poll: Open Bar or Cash Bar?
    Open Bar : (141 votes)
    78 %
    Cash Bar - $2 a drink : (40 votes)
    22 %
  • Post # 3
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: December 2010

    I think $2 is totally acceptable. I live in the Midwest, and even around here, you cannot get a drink at a bar for a price that low. If you can afford it, though, open bar would be nice. 

    Post # 4
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    In my area, cash bars are absolutely considered bad etiquette, but this apparently varies in different areas of the country.

    I would go with the open bar, especially since you are able to afford it. These are your guests and they should not expected to pay for anything at the reception.

    I’m not sure what you meant by the bride and groom making money off of their cash bar? 

    Post # 5
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    1735 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I think it acceptable but this topic can get very heated on these boards

     

    Post # 6
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    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I have never been to a wedding with a cash bar, so I think that they are kind of bizarre, but that’s because they aren’t used in my circle.  I personally believe that when you invite guests to an event, you should fully host them, and hosting means providing food, alcohol, non-alcoholic beverages, and entertainment.  I don’t think a guest should ever take their wallet out at any event I host for any reason.

    So, in my circle, and with my friends and family, a cash bar is not acceptable.  But it depends on where you are, who your guests are, and how people will feel.

    Post # 7
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    I don’t like the idea of cash bars all around, but I think it’s particularly bad if you can afford an open bar but then host a cash bar for the reasons listed. These people are adults, they don’t need you using a cash bar to control their intake (also, I really don’t get this line of reasoning…I’ve been to plenty of bars, and being charged for alcohol doesn’t seem to inhibit people’s drinking there, why would it at a wedding?).

    Post # 9
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    What about drink tickets?

    Post # 10
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    @Imhisbride:  Ya, that’s really gross.  If you bring in your own beer/liquor, you should pretty much give it away.  It’s not the guests job to ‘pay you back’.

    Post # 11
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: March 2014

    Open bars are proper ettiqutte, plain and simple. I hate having to carry cash to weddings. Open bar… whether its beer/wine only or includes liquor its the way to go.

     

    Post # 12
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    If you have the money for it, do an open bar.

    Post # 13
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: March 2013

    I’m all for cash bars and am in the minority with this thinking.

    I’ve been to one open bar and the rest of been cash bars (minus home weddings). No one seemed put out by the cash bar and it actually had more of a selection than the open bar.

    We’re doing a cash beer and wine bar. We can’t afford to have an open bar, and even if we could, I wouldn’t want one. I see no problem asking guests to pay for their alcoholic drinks.

    Post # 14
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: March 2012

    We supplied beer (bottles and a keg, we are in the south lol) and wine.  We also had a cash bar for hard liquor but it was a tactic because we did get married on St Patty’s Day and didn’t want people getting completely wasteface…that backfired because a bunch did anyway and I knew the bartendar for the wedding and he brought everything for Irish Car Bombs…oh well!

    Post # 15
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    @MamaMegs721:  Oh ya, I totally forgot to add that caveat.

     

    Im a Bridesmaid or Best Man in a wedding in which the wine and beer are free but liquor is cash bar.  I think this is perfectly acceptable.

    Post # 16
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    Does your venue not include the open bar in your package? Ever single place I looked at had this as an option, one we knew we would be using. Open bar is the only way to go for us and we just factored the venue’s set price for it into our budget.

    Good luck!

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