(Closed) Open Bar vs. Wagon Ride

posted 7 years ago in Reception
  • poll: What is more important to you as a guest?
    Wagon ride to and from the church - I'm not walking in the snow!! : (26 votes)
    38 %
    Open bar! Cash bars are tacky and everyone loves an open bar wedding! : (39 votes)
    57 %
    Other? : (4 votes)
    6 %
  • Post # 3
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2012

    Open Bar definitly!

    Post # 5
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    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
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    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 # 7
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    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2010

    I vote open bar.

    Post # 8
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: February 2012

    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
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    Buzzing bee

    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 # 12
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    6512 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I say open bar, all the way! 

    Post # 13
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    3375 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    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
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: December 2011

    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
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    5993 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: May 2010

    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
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    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2010

    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?

     

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