Yes, I personally think drink tickets would be tacky. We only offered beer, wine, and champagne at our rehearsal dinner in order to help cut costs. I think people would much rather be able to decide for themselves how much they want (of whatever is offered) then be limited by a drink ticket. I would definitely recommend doing wine and beer only instead of drink tickets.
It is fine to have no liquor. But any served at a dinner you host, you pay. You may set a 2 drink or 3 drink limit. That is a quite reasonable thing for a dinner, to buy 2 rounds, or 3, then only soft drinks or coffee.
I also am not a fan of drink tickets because they remind me of company parties.
What my FBIL and his wife did, was pay the bar for a certain amount of hours and told them what bevs they wanted served. They told everyone that was going to be at the dinner how long the bar would be open for drinks and that after that, they would not be taking anymore orders.
They were open for about 2 1/2 hours...so it worked out really well! I think they paid the bar $850 to cover the tab, and if it went over that limit before the marker, they just paid the difference, but it didn't go over that amount. Mostly everyone drank beer/wine instead of the cocktails, so I think that's what helped make the tab not so high!
My in laws paid for our rehearsal and didn’t want to pay for alcohol. So, we had a cash bar instead (which I thought was tacky). No one complained, at least to us, and a few people were drinking. That being said, yes drink tickets seem like a business event type thing, but I don’t think they’d be horrible at least you’re paying for the drinks. You could personalize them and make them cute too! Or limit it to beer and wine. What ever you are comfortable with 😊
Not a fan of drink tickets either. We're choosing to have a rehearsal luncheon instead of dinner where we're offering beer and wine and paying for the amount consumed, thinking that less people will drink during lunch time.