(Closed) Open Bar Vs Cash Bar

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

    Cash Bar

    Open Bar

  • Post # 78
    1637 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    Ugh….everywhere we looked had the same policy…you buy a package i.e. it’s a price per drink per head. I think the US sounds much more reasonable when it comes to drinking at weddings by having more options to choose from…in the UK the cost of this would be phenomenal – hence why i’ve never been to an open bar wedding. I’ve never heard of a $2 bar but it would have been something we would likely have done had we found somewhere that allowed us to.

    As it stands we are supplying our own alcohol for post ceremony and the meal (no bar tender prices – surprised by this!) but we have to pay corkage…this way we at least get to decide that ‘1 glass’ per guest’ is 175ml of wine/champagne and not the 125ml the venue quoted at £5 per drink per guest! For the evening reception it’s fully cash bar. Guests get more food but if they want to get more drunk than the 4 drinks we’ve already given them, they have to pay themselves!

    Post # 79
    1438 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    Cash because it’s the norm where I live but whoever doesn’t like it can suck it up.  

    Post # 80
    565 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    @BetterSherm:  A “toonie” is a Canadian coin that is worth $2, so a toonie bar just means that all drinks are a toonie 🙂

    Post # 81
    7941 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper

    @vorpalette:  Your response just seemed to indicate that you were bothered by our personal opinions. If you weren’t offended that is good to hear….I just couldn’t imagine someone to elaborate so much on their decision unless they felt the need to defend themselves.

    All is well.

    Post # 82
    411 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    @vorpalette:  I think it truly does depend on what is considered appropriate in your area/social circle as well as your personal tastes.

    I’ve actually never been to a wedding with a cash bar. I’ve only attended ones with either a full open bar, beer and wine only, or no alcohol at all. Knowing our familiy and friends, it was a no brainer for us. If we couldn’t afford an open bar, we’d only have beer and wine. If we couldn’t afford that, we’d cut something else out so we could afford it. Luckily we found a venue that offers an amazing price for everything included (and for 6 hours!). It’s a very pretty venue and I know it will be beautiful for our wedding, but if we had an unlimited budget, I probably wouldn’t have picked it. Food and beverages were that important to us, though.

    I admit I’d be a little put off if I had to pay for my own drinks at a wedding (on top of travel, hotel, gifts, etc.), but I do realize it’s not as important/financially feasable for many couples to provide free booze. It wouldn’t make me like them any less or be less happy for them.

    Post # 83
    798 posts
    Busy bee

    Open bar but I haven’t thought of a signature drink… yet!

    Post # 84
    6458 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2013

    We’re doing open bar, it’s for four hours, and it will have awesome beer and awesome wine, amazing champagne, and a limited amount of hard liquor.

    Post # 85
    158 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: December 2012

    We’re doing a full open bar to include beer, wine, champagne, juices, soda, basic mixers and well liquors.  We weren’t too concerned about the top shelf liquor.  We’re not having a signature drink but a “suggested drink”–simply becuase I found a cute sign online and wanted to do the same. lol.  So for example, it will say: the bride suggests, “my favorite drink” and the groom suggests, “with his favorite drink”.  We’re just making sure that our drinks have everything included in our hosted bar so that we don’t have to pay extra.

    Here’s the sign I loved so much:



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