Open Bars or Cash Bars in Wedding Reception
In most places all over the world, open bars or cash bars in wedding reception is a very common feature. We may find open bars being very popular in many wedding receptions but cash bars have also become quite popular.
In some weddings, people have both options. They keep a cash bar as well as an open bar. For the first half of the wedding, the open bar is made available to the people. During the latter half, the cash bar is made available. Sometimes, both options are available together. For example, during the wedding reception, there can be a cash bar serving beer and soda for free and then exclusively for the bridal party, their family and guests, the open bar is made available. Also, people don’t generally mind going to cash bars in wedding receptions. Though having an open bar or a cash bar in wedding receptions seems to be quite a debatable issue, but nowadays the problem no longer remains so because most families have started opting for both.
Open bars allow guests to drink freely without having to pay. The guests enjoy when they are given the opportunity to drink what they like and at the same time the hosts enjoy the convenience and like watching their guests enjoy. Also the guests can refill at their leisure. Your guests will consider you to be a very generous host if you have open bars.
Cash bars at wedding receptions help cut down costs and expenditure for the family organising the reception. Open bars sometimes become a bit too expensive. Also, some families don’t want guests to have free access to unlimited drinks and get drunk during the reception especially if it’s at night. This would call for quite a few safety issues since people generally tend to drive back home.
As far as guests are concerned, anybody would prefer an open bar at the wedding reception they are attending. Who doesn’t like drinks for free after all? Also, after giving an expensive gift to the bride or groom, people would not really want to spend on drinks. Sometimes, guests do not even carry cash to the weddings!
But sometimes we see that when there are open bars, the guests over indulge. Many guests are seen spending time near the bar mainly rather than the main event. It is just a convenience and not the main event. An open bar might cost much more than having limited beverage options. So for a family with limited budget, open bars might not be much of a suitable option.
Having an option for light drinks like wine, champagne, beer makes an open bar a feasible option. If hard alcohol is served, the host prefers having cash bar. This reduces the liability for the host if the guests come up and purchase their own drinks and then overindulge! So open bar or cash bar in wedding reception is something that most families need to ponder over.