How to tell guests it's NOT an open bar...?
Posted 15 June 2009 - 11:54 AM
So, the group of people we invited are our most favorite people in the world-- they also happen to be the biggest drinkers in the world. LOL. We want them to have a good time, but we don't want to pay out the butt for them to marinate in alcohol either. We figured that we would limit FOUR alcoholic beverages (beer, wine, mixed drinks, etc) per person and anything after that, they would have to pay on their own. My fiance liked this idea, and I know our friends won't mind paying for their own drinks, but a few friends (that weren't invited) have said that it's sort of tacky. I'm sort of stuck in the middle. I see where my fiance is coming from, but I also see how it could be tacky.
Any advice?? And how would I tell guests what the plan of action was?
Posted 15 June 2009 - 11:59 AM
i have to agree - i think this is tacky as well. if you are hosting these people for dinner i think you should take care of the whole dinner. what about just serving wine and beer? that is usually much cheaper than an open bar and totally acceptable? that way you are providing 'something' unlimited and if people want drinks and not wine or beer they can buy their own drinks??
Posted 15 June 2009 - 12:07 PM
| Originally Posted by Alyssa |
what about just serving wine and beer? that is usually much cheaper than an open bar and totally acceptable? that way you are providing 'something' unlimited and if people want drinks and not wine or beer they can buy their own drinks??
Another alternative suggestion would be to have the OPEN BAR turn CASH BAR after you have exceeded a pre-set limit.
If you and your Fiance could swing it, you could put X dollars towards the bar and then when your guests reach that pre-set limit the bar turns into a cash bar. I went to a graduation party recently where they did this. I have also went to a wedding recently where it was an OPEN BAR...and of course all the guests - starting at 1pm - were drinking top shelf liquor...and the bar bill ended up almost costing THREE times the amount of the reception itself.
Posted 15 June 2009 - 12:55 PM
I also think it is your day and you do what you feel comfortable doing. If you guys only want to have a four drink minimum your guests will understand, just make sure it is stated somewhere so they know to bring extra money. I know a lot of people don't think to bring $$ to a reception unless they know it is a cash bar. Weddings are expensive and your guests will understand that!
Posted 15 June 2009 - 01:24 PM
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Posted 15 June 2009 - 01:42 PM
Either way I'm sure everyone will have fun
Posted 15 June 2009 - 02:10 PM
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