(Closed) Poll: Open Bar

posted 9 years ago in Reception
  • poll: What's the "norm" where you're from?
    Full Open Bar : (80 votes)
    52 %
    Limited Open Bar (beer and wine, signature cocktail, etc.) : (43 votes)
    28 %
    Cash Bar : (13 votes)
    8 %
    Comsumption Bar, where free drinks are cut off after a certain dollar amount : (5 votes)
    3 %
    Open Bar only for the Cocktail Hour : (8 votes)
    5 %
    Something else : (2 votes)
    1 %
    I've never been to a wedding or a bar, I just wanted to click something : (3 votes)
    2 %
  • Post # 3
    1207 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: December 2009

    In my area it’s usually a full open bar, but our’s is a partial, it has some top shelf liquors and beer and wine and that’s it.

    Post # 4
    14183 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2009

    Open and Limited is “the norm” for every wedding i’ve been to lately…not sure if it’s an area thing or if it’s just our friends

    Post # 5
    1901 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    I haven’t been to any weddings here that were not open bar or limited open bar. We are going with a limited open bar with a signature cocktail.

    Post # 6
    176 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: January 2011

    I’m not sure what the norm is for Arizona, but I’ll most likely be having a limited bar as most of the guests drink red wine or beer.

    We also have a number of non-alcoholic drinkers so I want to have a selection of non-alcoholic and alcoholic margaritas as our “Signature cocktails”.

    Post # 7
    399 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2009

    I don’t think I have ever attended a wedding out here in California (and I have been to many) that had a full open bar.  Maybe they did and I didn’t notice since I tend to stick with beer or wine Laughing.  But I think it is totally acceptable to only offer beer, wine, champagne, and a signature cocktail if you want.  That is what we did, and it worked out just fine.

    Post # 8
    4566 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    I honestly have never paid attention. I think at home it’s open or limited open, but here in Lex I’ve heard anything from open to cash… We’ll do a limited only because I’m not too keen on people getting absolutely TRASHED.

    Post # 9
    826 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: March 2010

    “I’ve never been to a wedding or a bar, I just wanted to click something”

    J/K, out here I think it depends on how much money you have as to what type of bar you offer. 

    Post # 10
    11325 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 2011

    All but two weddings I’ve been to have been a full open bar. Those two were dry for religious reasons. I plan to do a limited bar (beer wine only) and I am 100% okay with that. If people want to look down on me because I don’t have liquor thats ok… I don’t want people doing shots at my wedding!

    Post # 11
    1189 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: March 2010

    A lot of weddings I’ve been to in the Pacific NW are limited bar.  Ours will be that way as well: Beer, wine, champagne.

    Post # 12
    18637 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2009

    I don’t really know what the norm is at other weddings since I only have been to mine recently but we had a completely open bar.  Most people still just got wine or beer though!

    Post # 13
    682 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    I’ve been to weddings in Chicago, Orlando, NYC, Long Island, NY and Boston and they have all had open bar.

    Went to one in Virginia and it was limited bar.

    Post # 14
    5494 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2011

    I’ve only been to one wedding in southern california that did not have an open bar.  That one had open bar for the cocktail hour only and then a cash bar.  Guests were shocked and dismayed, (i’m totally serious).  So yeah, open bar is the norm here.

    Post # 15
    545 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: December 1969

    I am not sure what the norm is the area I am in now, but I’ve been to weddings here that range from full bar to cash bar *gasp*  For us, we would like full bar but we are also on a budget, so we are hoping for a full bar, but if need be, we’ll do unlimited beer/wine and maybe a limited signature cocktail.

    Post # 16
    2207 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    Limited beer and wine bars are really normal in Northern California. People tend to be really into microbrews and wine here, so no one minds, as long as the wine and beer aren’t swill. Instead people seem to splurge on good wine and beer.

    I am personally doing that with a limited cocktail menu. We are bringing our own booze and bartender, so instead of buying everything to fully stock a bar (ex: both dry and sweet vermouth), we will offer about 6 cocktails, and have the fixings ready for a manhattan for grandpa (sigh and roll-eyes of love). We will have two rum cocktails, two vodka cocktails, and two whiskey cocktails, with cute menus.

    I think we are going to be considered different, because we have cocktails at all, but we are already going against the grain, with a strolling reception and a lounge/nightclub feel instead of a sit-down dinner and highly programed reception.

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