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Top 3 Reasons to Avoid a Cash Bar at Your Wedding

"Do it big, do it right, and do it with style." - Fred Astaire

Dear Wedding Enthusiast,

Are you considering offering a cash bar at your wedding? Which you shouldn't. You might want to think twice about that decision. There are several reasons why having a cash bar is not the best choice for your wedding celebration. Here are some of the biggest ones.

It's Not Great Etiquette, A.K.A It's Tacky!

As any experienced event planner will tell you, having a cash bar at your wedding is considered bad etiquette by many. The assumption is that if you can afford to host a lavish wedding, you should also be able to provide drinks for your guests without asking them for additional money *inserts side-eye*. Right? And while it may seem like an easy way to save on costs, it can leave your guests feeling unappreciated and unwelcomed.


W.W.Insight: Work with your wedding bar vendor to select the best bar layout for your wedding day! This might look like offering a beer and wine option only or craft signature cocktails only.


No One Should Be Excluded

Guests who do not have extra funds on hand may be put in an awkward position if they cannot afford the cost of drinks at the reception. This could potentially lead to guests being uncomfortable and singled out due to budget restrictions.

It May Not Be Allowed

Many venues have rules against holding cash bars due to insurance restrictions or other factors. Before making any decisions, check with the venue and what type of bar service they are willing to offer before making any assumptions or commitments that could get you into trouble down the line.


If you're looking to cut back on costs at your upcoming wedding celebration, opting out of offering a full bar might be ideal! Instead, consider getting creative with cheaper alternatives like a 'Stock the Bar' party or signature cocktails made with less expensive ingredients like vodka or whiskey instead of Champagne and cognac!

Remember, this is one day when providing a top-notch experience should take priority over saving money, so don't skimp on quality when selecting how you'll serve drinks on your special day!

Are you interested in learning more about cash bar alternatives? The Queens Chalice wants to hear from you and help you make a smooth whiskey decision!

Signed — The W.W


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