(Closed) Open Bar Vs Cash Bar

posted 6 years ago in Reception
  • poll: Cash Bar Vs Open Bar
    Cash Bar : (44 votes)
    16 %
    Open Bar : (236 votes)
    84 %
  • Post # 3
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    Wish we could do an open bar. I can’t bring myself to ask my dad after all the other stuff he’s paying for (thanks Dad!)

    Post # 4
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    Open bar, beer and wine only

    Post # 5
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    no signature drink- I don’t get the concept! But open bar…

    Post # 6
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    Open bar, beer and wine only

    Post # 7
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    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: April 2012

    we had a full open bar including a top shelf tequila sampling bar with tequilas that we brought in from mexico.  we also had champagne and hibiscus at cocktail hour.

    Post # 8
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    Full open bar. I was pushing for beer and wine only, but my dad said he couldn’t invite his friends to a party that didn’t serve liquor. Kinda made me laugh.

    Post # 9
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    Open bar – wine and beer + one signature drink. (I don’t like wine or beer.)

    I would’ve done a full open bar, but we don’t have enough drinkers coming IMO to warrant that. I didn’t want a ton of open bottles of liquor afterwards; we are providing the liquor/wine/beer.

    Post # 10
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    My dad insisted on open bar if he was paying for the wedding, so there ya go! 😛

    Post # 11
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    We are having an open bar with wine, beer, staple mixed drinks and a few signature cocktails.

    I have never been to a fun wedding with a cash bar – mostly because we’ve never been informed beforehand and we don’t carry much cash, so cash bar weddings always lead to us trying to find quarters in our car. I believe a cash bar would and could be a success if handled properly. 

    Post # 12
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    full open bar that included everything that the country club served in their regular bar.  i believe there were at least ten different beer options.  but they wouldn’t do shots.  we tipped nicely so the bartender did on the rocks with one ice cube.

    Post # 13
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 2013

    We’re doing a full open bar and will probably not do signature cocktails. Our venue will do a ‘standard’ bar with just the basics, or a ‘deluxe martini bar’ where they do the basics and martinis and liqueurs for 1$ extra per person, plus the cost of alcohol. So it will just be whatever people want to drink.

    My parents said that if we decided to do a cash bar that they would just end up giving the bartender like $2,000 anyways for people’s drinks, so instead we’re using some of the money they’re giving us for the wedding for the bar to help them out!Smile

    Post # 14
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2012

    we customized our open bar, it was just beer wine and margaritas!!!  kept the cost down so we could provide free drinks 🙂  we could never afford or justify the cost of a full open bar, its crazy expensive!

    Post # 15
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    Open bar – 3 kinds of beer, 2 red wines, 1 white wine, champagne, his drink (Pisco Sour, from Chile) and my drink (Pomegranate Margarita). Also, non-HFCS Coke, Diet Coke, Dr Pepper, Sprite, orange and apple juice, and lavender lemonade (local specialty).

    Post # 16
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    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: April 2019

    depending on budget, probably cash bar or beer and wine only open bar

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