(Closed) the cash bar question… a different twist

posted 7 years ago in Reception
  • poll: After a full open-bar reception, is it awkward to have a cash-bar after-party in the same venue?
    I'd be put off at the switch to cash bar. : (10 votes)
    23 %
    I'd expect to pay for my drinks; hosted after-party is not typical or necessary. : (34 votes)
    77 %
  • Post # 3
    701 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I would expect to pay for an after party! Not sure how to spread the word though, maybe only put open bar reception somewhere?

    Post # 4
    10287 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2011

    Our after party was a cash bar, as were all that I’ve ever attended. I think it’s to be expected. If you’re able to make it clear that this is an after party, I’d assume that most that have ever attended one would understand that they’d be on their own for drinks. 

    I printed up our after party information and gave it to the front desk of the resort to give to guests when they checked in since we figured most of the guests who would attend would be those staying over night. I don’t remember exactly what I put but I did mention that a “Cash bar would be availble.”. If you’re having programs, maybe you could do something similar and include a little blurb about the after party in there. 

    Post # 5
    46589 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I would include a separate card inviting those who want to party on after the reception to join a no-host karaoke bar in the ______ room.

    No- host means that people pay for their own drinks so the expectation should be clear.

    Post # 6
    3624 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    Yeah, I’d say that’s ok after a long open-bar reception!

    Post # 8
    313 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    I wouldn’t be offended. Around here that is pretty typical. We are doing a similar reception timeline and the last couple hours will be cash bar. I am thinking about making a cute bar sign, with maybe a few special drinks on it and at the bottom putting the time when it will switch to cash bar or even putting the same little sign on each table.

    Post # 9
    14 posts
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I think cash bar at the after party is fine, but with it being in the same venue that is kinda tricky. Maybe have the bar post a nice sign saying what is included (if anything…like soda or whatever) and that alcohol is available for purchase. If you have a website I would put it on there too, or send out an informal email blast to your guests. ONLY because I know that I hardly ever have more than tip money on me for cash at weddings so that is something I would want to know ahead of time. Good luck!

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