(Closed) Open bar vs drink tickets nwr

posted 5 years ago in Parties
  • poll: Open bar or drink tickets??

    Open bar

    Drink tickets

  • Post # 2
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2015 - Walnut Hill Bed & Breakfast

    I wouldn’t bother to put it on the invite (unless you specifically call it a pizza & beer party or something).

    I think most people will be perfectly happy with 2 free drinks and it will be obvious when you hand them their drink tickets. Some people won’t drink and those people can give their 2 tickets to someone who does. (Like, i’d probably only have 1 drink and give the other to my husband to use.) 

    Will you be providing the soda/water type drinks free? I wouldn’t want people spending their drink tickets on those kind of things.

    Post # 3
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    I don’t personally care for drink tickets, but I wouldn’t be upset by them. And 30 bucks per person is a lot of money, so I don’t blame you. If you do physical tickets, the guests will figure out they’re on their own after those two drinks.

    Is there any way you could just do pitchers of beer or something along those lines?

    Post # 4
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: September 2013

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    yogahhh:  this wouldn’t bother me, I have been to quite a few parties where we paid $30 to $45 at the door for open bar for 4 hours which In My Humble Opinion I think is awesome being that in a span of lets say 4 hours I will have had at least 2-3 drinks and lets say that each drink is $7-8 that already $21 to $25 I have spent! So To me $30 is worth it bc now I can drink more than what I would allow myself to if I was paying per drink

    On the invitations I have received for these parties the host stated on the invite that open bar is $30pp at the door, another invite didn’t state it all, the host texted us and let us know, and another time we just showed up and we were told at the door what the cost is for open bar. 

    Post # 5
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2015 - Walnut Hill Bed & Breakfast

    Honestly, if most people are driving to the party you probably don’t want people having more than 3 or so drinks at a 3 hour party anyways. 

    Post # 6
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    Two free drinks and then buying any extras I may want would suit me just fine. I’m a Canadian bee and booze is expensive here! I totally understand why you would set a limit to the free alcohol. 

    Post # 8
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    Buzzing Beekeeper

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    yogahhh:  Seems really weird to me. Sorry. I see I’m in the minority, but it just seems really weird. Like, if you were having the party at your house, you wouldn’t give people 2 drinks and then charge them, so why do that at a bar? If it’s due to cost, I’d either not have it at the bar or cut costs somewhere else.

    Post # 10
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2015

    I think 2 is perfect! You can get a decent buzz off of 2 drinks. 

    Post # 11
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    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2015

    Open bar all the way if you can swing it. But it is pricey. I’ve also been to parties with just beer/wine unlimited, and people can buy their own booze. A cheaper alternative that is still really generous.

    Post # 12
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: September 2013

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    yogahhh:  oh awesome! its a really good set up for food. I’ve been there quite a few times for parties, one of which was the pay $30 at the door if you want open bar. 

    Maybe that could be another option for people? Either you pay $30 for the open bar (and they will give you a wristband or something) or you can pay as you go?

    Post # 13
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2016

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    yogahhh:  I like the drink ticket idea. If this was a wedding, however, I would 1,000% say open bar. It sounds like a cool party, and 2 drink tickets is more than generous IMO.

    Post # 14
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    Busy bee

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    Daisy_Mae:  If she was having it at her house, it wouldn’t cost $30 pp…

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    yogahhh:  I’ve never been to a party (other than a wedding or one held at someones house) where I didn’t pay for my own drinks, so the two tickets sound awesome to me. I suppose it varries by social circle, though…what is normal to me may be weird or considered poor form to others. How are these types of parties usually handled by the people you will be inviting?

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