(Closed) POLL: Will you be having an open bar/cash bar/drink tickets/limited bar?

posted 6 years ago in Reception
  • poll: What type of bar are you having at your reception?
    Open bar : (87 votes)
    54 %
    Limited open bar : (51 votes)
    31 %
    Cash bar : (7 votes)
    4 %
    Limited cash bar : (0 votes)
    Drink tickets : (3 votes)
    2 %
    Limited drink tickets : (0 votes)
    No bar/dry wedding : (5 votes)
    3 %
    (ETA) Tabbed bar : (3 votes)
    2 %
    Other (please describe in the comments) : (6 votes)
    4 %
  • Post # 32
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    We’re having a limited open bar.  The reception is from 11-2 and we’re serving brunch, so we figured bellinis, mimosas, bloody marys, beer, and wine would be most appropriate

    Post # 33
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    139 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    We are doing an open cocktail hour then a $2 bar after dinner. Our venue is also an inn where the guests will be staying so we plan to stock there rooms with some beer/soda as well.

    Post # 34
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    279 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    Open bar.  I’ve never been to a wedding that had a cash or ticket bar.  To each their own but it’s not something I would ever do.

    Post # 35
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    1092 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2014

    We are doing a consumption based bar. Our venue offers a per person open bar but there are a good number of people coming who will only drink soft drinks or maybe have one beer or glass of wine and we don’t want to pay the $47 per person for the open bar. 

    Post # 36
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    8575 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2014

    A DIY open bar.

    Post # 37
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    Open bar, and we purchase all the alcohol for it and the caterer provides the bartenders to serve it.  I have to figure out the mixers but I’m pretty sure we provide that as well.

    We will get beer/wine/liquor from a local  store and bring sparkling wine from an Ontario winery.

    Post # 38
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    We found that, in our area (30 minutes from Philadelphia, 90 from NYC, in wealthy suburbs), venues with all-inclusive packages were the most affordable for what we wanted. And we wanted an open bar, lol. All of my family are huge partiers (read: crazy italians, irish and german), so not having an open bar is a pretty huge offense! Our package is roughly $100 pp including 3 courses, open bar, custom cake, linens, tables and chairs, staff and gratuity, taxes and a bunch of other stuff that I can’t remember. So I don’t really know how much of that is the open bar, but if it weren’t included in the package, I would expect to pay between $35-50 pp for it, according to my research. Luckily I know my family will get my money’s worth!

    Post # 39
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    2008 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    We’re having a limited open beer – beer/wine with maybe a signature drink (we haven’t decided on that yet).  We have to bring in all of the alcohol ourselves, and our friends can drink, so we don’t want to have every hard liquor imaginable.

    Post # 40
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    678 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    We had a full open bar- should’ve done a pay-by-consumption though, people really didn’t drink as much as we were anticipating! We’ve never been to a wedding with a cash or ticket bar in our area.

    Post # 41
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    27 posts
    Newbee

    We’re having an open, consumption bar. So guests can order whatever they want, and we pay by drink, not a set fee per person.

    Post # 42
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    1589 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: March 2014

    Full. It’s very common here. I’m fine with limited bars too because I love beer and wine.

    Post # 43
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2015

    @ju5tdance:  We are having a full open bar. Our venue lets us bring our own alcohol – this was a big deal for us when chooing a venue because there was no way we were not having an open bar but we wanted to be able to do it for cheaper. We plan on getting as much booze as possible from the USA and Quebec because Ontario alcohol prices are nuts.

    Post # 44
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 2013

    @ju5tdance:  Middle shelf open bar aka what our venue called the Gold Package. We did open bar for 4 hours then my Darling Husband gave the bartender his CC to open a tab for whoever stayed at the reception late.

    I grew up in MA where cash bars are the norm, but open bars are pretty much the rule where Darling Husband grew up. Since about 2/3 of the guest list (if not more) was DH’s group, a cash bar was out of the question.

    Post # 45
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2014

    @ju5tdance:  Open bar, but only because our venue allows us to supply the alcohol so we can get it cheaper.  If we had to purchase theirs, we probably would have gone a different way.

    Post # 46
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: December 2014 - The Villa

    We’re having a NYE wedding, so not having an open bar was not an option. People who don’t normally drink… drink on NYE. Luckily the venue we’re choosing allows us to bring in our own alcohol! Whoop!

    I am a tad concerned though about how much to buy, there are so many calculators out there but none talk about holiday weddings.

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