(Closed) Open Bar Vs Cash Bar

posted 9 years ago in Reception
  • poll: Cash Bar Vs Open Bar

    Cash Bar

    Open Bar

  • Post # 47
    46 posts
    • Wedding: March 2013

    open bar:

    cocktails – pina colada, daquiris, strawberry lemon and mango margaritas

    wine (one kind of white and one kind of red), 2 kinds of beer (corona and modelo), normal soft drinks (coke etc) then for spirits – tequila, wine, vodka, rum, whisky and brandy.

    they also offer coffee and a few odd liquers for after dinner – anise or something!

    the only thing missing is champagne for toasts – but none of my guests drink it, the last wedding i went with the same crowd people took a few sips and then abandoned their glasses, so not worth the cost in my opinion!

    Edit – where i live in mexico i’ve never seen a cash bar, it would get my wedding talked about for all the wrong reasons. In UK its much more normal

    Post # 48
    101 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    We did full open bar and we also had 2 signature drinks. They were “his and her” drinks.

    Post # 49
    112 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    We’re doing open beer and wine with cash liquor. It’s what our budget can afford, and I feel it’s reasonable 🙂

    Post # 50
    32 posts
    • Wedding: March 2013

    open bar if you can afford it is awesome. but if youre strapped for cash, having been to a BYOB wedding and a cash bar wedding, I’d say the BYOB went over a lot better. It was nice being able to bring whatever you wanted without paying for overpriced stuff you didnt care for. 

    Post # 51
    515 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    I grudgingly say open bar. We have some people that can drink A LOT and we’re trying to keep our dinner/drink bill under $2000.

    Post # 52
    1930 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    Cash bar. I can’t afford an open bar, I don’t care what anyone says. It’d be cool but it’s definitely not expected around here. I also made sure to find a venue with cheap prices (about $3.75).

    Post # 53
    78 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    Our winery venue only does wine and beer, so that’s what we’re hosting (plus, of course, tea/coffee/soda). It’s a 25-person wedding with mostly family and few drinkers, so we’re not worried that there’s no liquor.

    Post # 54
    1637 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    Free wine with the sit down meal and free champagne for post ceremony and the toasts then cash bar for the evening reception.

    Post # 55
    9919 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    Open bar, without a doubt.  Cash bars aren’t acceptable in my circle.

    Post # 56
    7941 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper

    I would opt to not have alcohol at all over having a cash bar, I think they are absolutely rude.

    We had an open bar (beer and wine only, no hard alcohol).

    Post # 57
    2430 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2012 - The Gables Inn, Santa Rosa, CA

    We decided we didn’t want to spend the money of a full bar, so we are only serving beer & wine. 

    Post # 58
    792 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    We’re having open bar, only because our package includes it. If it didn’t we wouldn’t have been able to afford it.

    Post # 59
    7384 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2013

    As of right now, cash bar. Not going to pay $4000 to have a 4-hour open bar (with well liquor and house wine) when the rest of our venue, TOTAL, is $6400. It does say cash bar on our wedding website, although we might end up doing consumption service instead, if we can afford it. We tried doing a beer/wine open bar, but they wouldn’t change the price at all. People can deal with it. I’m sure they’ll be happier that there’s alcohol than if we had a dry wedding. And no, we can’t bring our own alcohol into the venue.

    Post # 60
    412 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2014

    We are having unlimited wine and beer…

    then cash bar for all the hard liquor. 

    Post # 61
    5229 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

    We had a full open bar. In many parts of the US, it’s considered rude to ask guests to pay for drinks, so if the drinks aren’t free to the guest, they shouldn’t be there at all. That’s the reality for me, but I know some Bees live in places where cash bars are the norm. If you cannot afford a full open bar, I’d limit it to beer and wine or to cocktails during cocktail hour and then beer and wine or to call-level liquors or something like that. I would be completely unprepared for a cash bar at a wedding; I’ve never gone to a wedding with cash and I usually don’t bring anything other than an ID and lipstick, so no debit or credit card either.

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