(Closed) Should we do drink tickets for a dry reception?

posted 8 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2011

Personally, I really don’t like the idea of drink tickets, especially for nonalchoholic drinks. We are budgeting for drinks. Sure we might have to cut down on something else, but it is really an inconvenience to guests to have to bring cash to a wedding to pay for drinks, of any kind. If you want to do drink tickets, how do you plan to let your guests know prior to them arriving to the wedding? Are you going to rely on word of mouth? $1.50 per drink is not that expensive compared to $5.00 or $6.00 or more for alchohol drinks. Maybe you could talk to your venue and see if they would allow you to bring in your own drinks and if you can, ask them how much it would cost for them to set them up for you. Are you going to have someone bartending or are you going to just have a selfserve area. You might be able to save some money if you can bring in your own drinks and have the guests get their own drinks.

Post # 4
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

personally i dont think people will go crazy over soda.. i think its a bit too much to have drink tickets for non alcohol drinks. how much soda can they really drink in 4 hours

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I wouldn’t offer soda at all if the cost is a real concern.  Your guests may think it strange to limit non-alcoholic drinks.  Fiance and I don’t drink soda at all, so we’re not having it at our reception.  We’re having a punch bar, Iced Tea, Water & Coffee for our non-alcoholic offerings. 

Post # 9
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Busy bee

I agree that it might be a tad much to use the tickets for soda.  And I’m jealous, my venue charges $80 for a gallon of non-alcoholic punch!!!!!!!  For some reason, that is the most ridiculously priced thing there.

Post # 11
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1297 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Hmm.. I wouldn’t set up drink tickets, I would set up a pre-determined amount and then have everyone pay their own once it runs out.  I also would not feel obligated to explain the soda situation to my guests. If my guests do not bring cash with them to, then that’s their problem.  Whenever I go to a wedding, cash bar or not, I ALWAYS carry cash to tip the bartender(s).

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

@Statutory Grape: I hadn’t thought of it that way. I could see myself being the one dancing the night away and forgetting to drink something only to find out I had to now pay! Then do the tickets, do what you need to do. At the end of the day it’s YOUR wedding and YOUR budget =)

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I like the drink ticket idea!!

3 should be good, I think. Maybe incorporate them into the seating cards somehow…

I was just at a wedding that served canned soda and I thought that was a good idea, too. She made little nametags to tie onto the pop top part… there was a can of soda at our spot when we got the the table and the tags are how we knew where to sit. *There was a seating chart to tell guests what table to look at*

Once the soda was gone, it was just ice water… which was perfectly fine and refreshing ๐Ÿ™‚

 

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

I doubt anyone would drink 5 drinks of soda! At the last wedding I went to in the summer, most people only had one drink….and maybe a cup of coffee….and they were unlimited

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