(Closed) What would you prefer as a guest?

posted 7 years ago in Food
  • poll: What would you prefer as a guest?
    Have everything available even if I have to pay for hard alcohol... I like my GT!! : (29 votes)
    32 %
    Don't offer hard alcohol at all - it looks classier than a half free half cash bar : (61 votes)
    67 %
    other : (1 votes)
    1 %
  • Post # 3
    1498 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2014

    I voted to skip the hard liquor. I think it’ll look classier and be much easier for everyone!

    Post # 4
    7777 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper

    Eh. I’d, personally, rather have the option to buy other drinks than not.

    Post # 5
    4887 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    My sincerest apologies, but I have a difficult time combining classy + Smirnoff Ice.  I think having booze for coffee is good but I’d get rid of the the Ice.

    Post # 6
    2854 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    I voted for the middle, with a clarification.

    We’re doing our reception at a restaurant and offering a beer/wine list. But because the restaurant has a full service bar, our guests do have the option of opening a tab if they really want liquor. If your venue is already set up like that, I don’t see much wrong with doing a part open/part cash bar.

    But I’m biased cause that’s what we’re doing. 😉

    Post # 8
    3942 posts
    Honey bee

    smirfnoff ice seems like an odd choice to offer?

    I’d probably stick with beer & wine-and maybe a signature cocktail or two so that you can include the baileys and kalhua.

    Edit: Nevermind about the smirnoff, just saw your response.

    Post # 9
    3000 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    I’d give the option to have any kind of drink, even if some cost money to guests.

    However, as a guest I’d wonder why Kahlua and Baileys are free (along with Smirnoff Ice), but not other kinds of liquor. It seems somewhat random to have those three but not other more generic versions free. I dunno. 

    Post # 10
    2854 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    @KristenGotMarried:  They might be trying to work with the sweeter-beverage option? I don’t like Ice either, but we usually have someone bring that or hard lemonade for themselves when we throw normal parties at home.

    Post # 11
    2086 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2012 - Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards

    We’re having an open bar with beer and wine.  But, we’ll be at a vineyard and that is fairly common around here. 


    Post # 12
    6341 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2014

    I’m from the UK and cash bars are extremely common; very few couples have a free bar, and not many put any money behind the bar at all (people are very surprised that we’re putting about $3k behind the bar for the evening, as well as providing drinks for the drinks reception and wedding breakfast). So, I am coming from a UK perspective, and I don’t know that the etiquette is elsewhere, but, we’re putting $3k behind the bar, and this will be limited to house wine by the glass, single spirits and mixers, and beer. If our guests would like cocktails, more expensive wines, or champagne, they will need to pay for those drinks.

    The reason we are doing this is that drinks at our venue are expensive; some wines cost $15-20 by the glass, and the cocktails are priced at $20 and up. If we included these drinks on our tab, then the money would very quickly run out, so for us, what we’re doing is a good compromise (and a free bar is just no an option; it could quite easily run into thousands and thousands, and we just can’t afford that)

    However, we wouldn’t consider removing the option for other drinks, as then it’s unfair for guests who want a cocktail and are prepared to pay for it. And I myself would always like the option as a guest.

    What I would say is to make it clear what is and isn’t included if you do give additional drinks options, to save confusion. We will be making sure all our guests know what is and isn’t included, so they don’t get surprised if they order a cocktail and are charged for it.

    Post # 14
    13096 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2010

    Offering a partial open bar (ex. just wine and beer or wine, beer and a signature drink) is perfectly fine!

    I’d leave it at that and not have a further cash bar option.

    Post # 15
    813 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: December 1969

    i went to a wedding this summer that only offered beer, wine and coolers and it was awesome. i didnt even think about the missing hard liqour!

    Post # 16
    2854 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    @barbie86:  This was one thing I was thinking about. I’m pretty sure our venue staff will let people know before presenting them with a tab. I was planning on displaying some prominent drink menus with what we are offering… but in terms of what’s not covered, are you letting people know by word of mouth? A note on the menu?

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