(Closed) Wording of Cash Bar on Wedding Invitations

posted 5 years ago in Reception
Post # 2
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

Well, my overall opinion is “don’t”. Cash bars are horrible. 

But with that said, cash bar wordings I’ve seen include a small line on the bottom of the reception card or other info card simply stating “A toonie bar will be available during the reception” 

Another comment though: I would highly recommend you hand out drink tickets or something. Handing out toonies and having a bunch of change on you during the wedding seems annoying and kinda trashy. 

Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

What is a toonie?

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

If you cannot afford to provide alcohol then serve non alcoholic refreshments. That’s my advice. 

 

Also because you are declining wedding gifts and not registering does that mean you don’t want cash ? People will assume that no registry = bring cash gift. So they will give you money and have to pay for drinks at your wedding ?? 

I would be be turned all the way off by that.

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

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tessadub :  Canadian $2 coin.

Op, I would advise against this. You have over a year and a half, you can easily save up for the bar. You aren’t going to ‘make’ much on your toonie bar anyways. And how will you hand them out? That just seems weird.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2017

Have an open bar, politely say “no gifts necessary,” and I guarantee half of your guests will still bring you a cheque. That pays for your bar right there.

Also another vote for not handing out toonies. It does seem a bit trashy.

Post # 7
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I don’t get the connection between “declining gifts”, which you really can’t control anyway, and a toonie bar. Especially when you say you are going to give them the toonies they then use to buy a drink.

Why not just provide whatever alcoholic beverages you choose, like any other good host?

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee

I’m super confused. If you’re handing out the toonies (assuming its like a coin) then aren’t you paying for the bar?

What do you mean declining gifts? Like if I get you a card with a check inside, you’re going to give me by check back?

ETA- are you just giving toonies to certain people? that is kinda awkward. Also- do you make money on a toonie bar? Is that the point of it? I tried googling but found varying answers.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

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tessadub :  us Canadians are weird. A dollar coin is a loonie (named after the bird, a loon) and a two dollar coin is a toonie because it’s two loonies and clearly this logic makes complete sense….

Post # 10
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Busy bee

I’m so lost. Why bother having a cash bar if you’re just going to give cash to people to use at the cash bar? Just host the bar. 

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

Just don’t have a registry and most will bring you cash, thats literally how its been in any wedding I have been too.

I am sure you will appreciate the cash

Also don’t have a toonie bar, your wedding is a year and a half away thats plenty of time to save for an open bar, cash bars are tacky but id anything please do drink tickets not walking around with a bag of toonies .. reminds me of robin hood lol

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

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chocochai :  haha! Thank you for the explanation. I had no idea!! 

Post # 13
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: April 2017

We are going to have 2 kegs of beer and 21 bottles of wine free for guests.  When those are gone guuests will have to pay for drinks.  Also we will have tickets we are handing out to the bridal party and families that are good for one free drink at the bar.  What are your thoughts/opinions on this?

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2017 - Vineyard on Long Island

Are you givng people toonies for them to then give the toonies to the bar to pay for drinks?  Why not just pay for a limited open bar and hand people drink tickets if this is your route?

Post # 15
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Sugar bee

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mandiemmagavin :  since you asked about giving out drink tickets I will tell you my thoughts: a drink ticket at a wedding or shower is…weird. Something I associate with state fairs or carnivals, not something that belongs in a wedding.

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