Post # 1
I need your opinion on what you would rather have.
Some essential background: We are having our wedding in Febraury in Toronto Canada at a pioneer village. The church in the village is kind of a far walk from the visitor’s centre where guests will park and where the reception is being held. We aren’t keen on our guests walking in the snow from the visitor’s centre to the church so we are considering hiring a horse drawn wagon to transport everyone.
The wagon is an unexpected cost and so now we are looking to find savings. One way to cut costs is to eliminate the open beer/wine bar and make it completely cash bar. There will still be 2 bottles of wine on each table and 1 complimentary glass of champagne at cocktail hour plus we are having a hot beverage bar with baileys which will stay out all night.
Our dance as well is not a typical DJ dance, but a contra dance with fiddle and piano and a caller.
What do you think is more important? Wagon ride to and from the church or open bar?
Post # 5
I am not a big drinker, so this could be why my opinion is swayed:
There are going to be 2 bottles of wine at each table, along with champagne and bailey’s. I would be more concerned about older guests walking in the snow and having no way to be transported to the reception…so I would go with the carriage over the open bar. Plus, if you offer a cash bar, people will be more likely to finish what you have already offered and won’t buy as many drinks…so maybe you can safely have guests arrive at the reception AND not have any family members passed out under the table from the open bar at the end of the night. Sounds like without the open bar, you can have the best of both for the guests.
Post # 6
Sorry I think both are important,but the ride would be more important . I live in Wisconsin and would be pretty upset if I had to walk through snow in my nice clothes.
Post # 8
The wagon ride is very important (I think I’ve been to the pioneer village you’re talking about and I walked around there in the winter once and since there are no paved streets it was AWFUL), and you are still providing alcohol so I think that’s fine.
Post # 9
Wow this is a hard decision. While I think the wagon should be priority over the open bar, another option I was thinking is maybe using a dj or ipod style reception instead of hiring the band? Unless its something that you truly had your heart set on, then I think you have enough alcohol provided to serve your guests comfortably and they can buy more if they like.
Post # 10
actually the band is cheaper than a DJ 🙂 We’re still weighing all the costs, but I think the wagon is kind of a must…
What will people remember? Being upset about having to walk in the snow in nice clothes but having open bar, or will they remember the horse drawn wagon and not even remember the fact that the bar was a cash bar…
tiss a tough decision…
Post # 12
I say open bar, all the way!
Post # 13
woah. The walk would be pretty bad… can you tell the guests to bring boots or rain boots to walk in the snow? How would guests with high heels walk? My Fiance would be carrying my for sure!
But…. I’d still go for the open bar.
Post # 14
Your still providing alcohol, but I’d rather have my feet dry! =) Very thoughtful of you!
But maybe in some opinions…I’ve never been at your venue…the alcohol might make the walk easier…or a bit harder and more dangerous…consider your guests and what they would appreciate most. You know them best! xo
Post # 15
sorry but i say both are needed. i would hate to have to walk in snow to get to a reception (and i will be bitching about it to all and sundry for at least a week) and even though i dont drink booze i think its important to provide it to your guests
Post # 16
I get the finger shaken at me for using this word on here all of the time but I think cash bars are tacky. I think the ride is needed too, but can you find a cheaper option for transportation?