- Miss Root
- 10 years ago
- Wedding: July 2010
I don’t understand how an open bar would be “cultural”. I think it might be more common in certain areas or social circles. I think it probably has more to do with your priorities for your own wedding than anything else. If it’s a high priority to have an open bar, then maybe you skimp back on flowers or invitiations or something. Most weddings I have been to have been open bar, or at minimum open beer/wine.
I think cash bars are kind of rude, just because I feel like your reception is really a party for your guests, and you wouldn’t invite people over for dinner in your home and then charge them for a glass of wine. Either have just beer and wine, or only wine with dinner, or don’t have booze at all if you don’t want to pay for it for your guests. But that is JUST my opinion, and I know in other areas of the country cash bars are super common and probably people are more used to seeing them.
For those ladies who are planning to have a cash bar/cash only portion of your bar, just be sure to inform your guests ahead of time (like, before the day of the wedding). They will appreciate it if they can come prepared. I went to a wedding once where it was open bar for cocktail hour and then cash bar afterwards, but there was no ATM and they would only run credit cards after the reception was over, at midnight. No one told us ahead of time or else we would have brought cash. So, yeah, it’s just nice to know ahead of time.