Is it OK to Have a Cash Bar at the Reception

Ohhh, this is a good question and a very controversial one. Yes. It is hard to have a cheap wedding and a free bar at the same time. After all, it is your wedding and your money. Who is anyone to tell you how to spend your money at your own reception? Huhh? Some brides say, “If the guests want some alcohol, let them pay for it”. But, if you are still reading this, that means that, maybe, you do care.

Overall, it is a bad idea to have a cash bar at a reception. In my opinion, It kind of takes away from the feeling that your reception is a celebration of your wedding. Instead, it gives the guests a feeling that they are somehow…kinda… paying for your wedding. So what can do you do? One idea is that you can limit alcohol to the toast and speeches. You can also use the non-alcoholic equivalent of smoothies and daiquiris to give your guests something in place of alcohol at the bar. At least no one will be going home a stinking drunkard or more seriously, getting behind a wheel intoxicated.


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Filed under: Receptions — vicky at 11:04 am on Monday, October 30, 2006