(Closed) What do you think of a Cash Bar?

posted 8 years ago in Food
  • poll: What do you think of Cash Bars?
    Tacky : (56 votes)
    50 %
    isn't a bad idea since it would put you over budget : (20 votes)
    18 %
    isn't a bad idea if you pay for one drink for every guest : (29 votes)
    26 %
    Other (Explain) : (6 votes)
    5 %
  • Post # 3
    Member
    5263 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I think that way too much emphasis is put on what you “have” to do for guests. Any little gesture (one hour of open bar, one drink per guest, etc) will show that you care, but that you’re scrimping because of unavoidable budget restrictions. 

    The only time I think that it’s rude not to have a cash bar, something like that, is if you go all out on everything else – and I mean all out, platinum weddings style – but don’t bother to pamper your guests. 

    Honestly, in this day and age most of us are on a budget. Your wedding is a day for people to celebrate with you, and not having the budget for a lavish soiree shouldn’t stop you from celebrating with them. 

    Post # 4
    Member
    2214 posts
    Buzzing bee

    Cash bars are the norm where I’m from, so I say go for it!

    Post # 5
    Member
    828 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: March 2010

    Have you looked into serving just beer and wine, instead of hard alcohol? That might be a cheaper option than a full open bar…

    Post # 6
    Member
    168 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    What about just offering wine or domestic beer for an hour or two than go to cash? Do you have any budget to wiggle with or are you stuck?

    Post # 7
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    1526 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    I dont think its tacky. We are doing a cash bar but we are also supplying our guests with champagne for the toast and 1 drink (our signature drink) during cocktail hour.

    Post # 8
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    519 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2008

    Everyone can crucify me here…I don’t care. My feelings on the situation are you can do whatever you want. I vote you do a cash bar. It’s way over pretty much anyone’s budget to do an open bar. We are doing a cash bar, for one, it would be WAY over budget otherwise. For two, most of our family will get entirely sh*t-faced and I am not willing to deal with drunk out of control immature family. (yes I realize people will be drunk…but it won’t be on my dime) I’m not supporting the alochol problem my family (or his) has. If people don’t like it, too bad.

    Post # 9
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    1260 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    I think you need to do what is best for your and your budget. I have never had a problem with cash bars, and simply viewed it as a nice gesture if a couple hosted an open bar. But I certainly never expected it.

    Post # 10
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    3979 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: January 2012

    I didn’t vote. I don’t believe a cash bar is “tacky” however, I’m NOT a fan.

    As a guest, I’d prefer that the bride & groom do what they can afford. If you can’t afford to serve alcohol: have a dry reception. People will drink whatever is provided to them… ๐Ÿ™‚

    Post # 11
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    521 posts
    Busy bee

    I can tell I’ve had a stressful week: thought you wrote “fish bar”. I think it’s completely unreasonable for people to expect you to buy them liquor! I don’t think it’s necessary and it is very expensive. If you want to provide a little beer or wine, okay, but if you just want sparkling cider, punch, water and tea/coffee, what is the problem? Maybe add in some nicer sodas too like Jones. One he proposes, I hope to do that: no alcohol but some good sodas like Izzy or Jones.

    Post # 12
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    1232 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2009

    I don’t think cash bars are tacky. We couldn’t afford a full bar so made a deal with the bartender at the venue and we made drink tickets (which I LOVE. if you want to see pics let me know). The drink tickets are for a draft beer or house wine and everyone will get two. If anyone wants something different or more than that then they can purchase it on their own. Some people call it tacky, but I could care less ๐Ÿ™‚

    Post # 13
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    3979 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: January 2012

    @bella: It’s an unspoken rule in the hive… if you have cute wedding related paper products (and pics!) you MUST share them! hehe ๐Ÿ™‚

    Post # 14
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    1465 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    As a guest, I would prefer no alcohol than to have to pay for it. Many people say that everyone drinks either beer or wine, but that is not true because many people actually don’t like either of those. It’s considered rude as a host to ask your guests to open their wallets for any reason, and there will likely be people who refuse to, thus only drinking your free non-alcoholic options, whatever those may be.

    Post # 15
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    1230 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2010

    I don’t think cash bars are tacky. I think you should do whatver you can afford. I do think you should provide something for guests to drink, though (soda, water, etc.). But for alcholic drinks, I don’t think it’s necessary for you to provide them for people. Like others have said, maybe you could do drink tickets if that works in your budget, if not, I wouldn’t worry about it. Do what you can afford to do.

    Post # 16
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    1232 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2009

    Personally, if there was only beer and wine offered at a reception and I didn’t like either than i would suck it up and either buy something else or not drink. But that’s just me.

    Pics of my drink tickets are on their way ๐Ÿ™‚

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