(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 # 47
    718 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: March 2014

    An open premium bar was included with our wedding package.

    Post # 48
    9823 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2013

    We had an open bar.  I like to drink and all of my friends love to drink, so open bars or open limited bars are pretty standard to me.  Our families are hit or miss (some don’t drink, others do).  People that can’t afford an open bar at a more expensive venue can find a venue where they can bring in their own alcohol, so that’s why most are able to have open bars.  It’s really cheap when you can bring in your own!

    I love wine, and it’s my drink or choice so I prefer either open bar or limited open bar.  I would drink maybe a little rum if it’s there but I wouldn’t really miss it if it was limited.

    Post # 49
    2837 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 2013

    @ju5tdance:  I’ve already had my wedding- but here’s what we did:

    We had complete open bar during cocktail hour, then hosted wine and beer afterwards.  Soda/juice/coffee was hosted all night.

    We were NOT able to provide our own alcohol, and there were no “packages” like some people offer- they were stricly per consuption charges.  We had about 100 people our wedding.


    Our wedding was elegant, but also super simple.  We didn’t do favors, we didn’t have a plated dinner (but tons of food)- we didn’t have place cards- but those are all things that don’t matter.  I think hosting beverages of some sort IS what matters- you’re hosting people for a party!  

    Post # 50
    8439 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: April 2013

    We had an open bar even though I don’t drink.  We also hosted alcohol at our welcome dinner and thank you brunch, however we only had 50 guests so it was affordable for us.

    Post # 51
    1451 posts
    Bumble bee

    We’re having a limited open bar – all you can drink beer, wine, champagne, and signature drink only.

    My side of the family does not drink any alcohol, and FI’s side drinks but no one likes hard liquor.  I love vodka myself, but since 97% of my guest list won’t drink hard liquor, it would’ve been a waste to do a full open bar.  So I compromised and we’ll def have vodka in our signature drink instead 😉

    Post # 52
    1120 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2014

    @ju5tdance:  We’re having a limited open bar. Free wine, beer and champagne – should cover all our bases. If anyone is after anything stronger, they can get it themselves.

    And yes I’ve been a guest on the other end of this stick, and it was fine. I’m happy with wine – unfortunately my fiance doesn’t drink wine or beer, but he didn’t mind forking out throughout the night to have a drink he would actually enjoy.

    Post # 53
    216 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    We had a twoonie bar! thats pretty much the norm around here. Alcohol is so expensive here.

    Post # 54
    1344 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: January 2014

    Limited tab. 


    It’s pretty normal in AUS to have cash/tab bars. We’re making it so that the tab covers wine and beer, and people pay cash for other drinks. 

    Post # 55
    2890 posts
    Sugar bee

    @ju5tdance:  If we get married at the vineyard, we’ll provide enough wine for the dinner, but if guests want more, they can buy extra bottles.

    If we get married in a cottage we’ll rent, we’ll buy enough wine for the whole evening. We’ll have twice more, for twice less expensive !

    Post # 56
    1077 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2014 - Greenbrier Country Club

    We are having an open bar for wine and beer. Everything else will either be a cash bar or tabbed. We haven’t decided.

    Post # 57
    2942 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    I checked other.  We are having an open bar cocktail hour through dinner.  After dinner, it becomes a cash bar.  It is fairly common practice in our area.  A lot of venues require it, espeically when minors are present.  The alternative option is to hire a rent-a-cop, even for a child free wedding. 

    Post # 58
    659 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    We are having 3 tickets per guest for alcohol, wine served during diner and then the bubbly for toasts. We also have to pay to have a ” beverage station” so self serve water & ice tea will be set up and then we are hosting all sodas ect.

    ive noticed no one else has commented on sodas and whose paying for them?

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