FutureMrsHadi
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Drink tickets for rehearsal dinner?

FutureMrsHadi, on January 20, 2021 at 12:13 AM Posted in Parties and Events 0 12
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Is this way too tacky? We're trying to cut costs where we can and I'm considering doing drink tickets for our rehearsal dinner, instead of an open bar.

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Latest activity by Melle, on January 20, 2021 at 11:34 AM
  • Hannah
    Master July 2019
    Hannah Online ·
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    I'm just generally not a fan of drink tickets. They remind me of business functions or something. You can offer just beer and wine to cut costs.
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  • FutureMrsHadi
    Dedicated May 2021
    FutureMrsHadi ·
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    That's a good point. Thanks!

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  • Michelle
    Rockstar October 2022
    Michelle ·
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    Just serve pizza and beer/sodas. Most people do not expect a fancy rehearsal dinner.
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  • Hanna
    VIP June 2019
    Hanna ·
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    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.

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  • Rebecca
    Master August 2019
    Rebecca ·
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    Rehearsal dinners don't have to be so fancy.

    My ILs hosted ours, and while the food was amazing, that's mostly because they love to host and cook. A low-key affair with limited variety of drinks is totally fine.

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    Judith ·
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    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.
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  • SHY
    Master January 2022
    SHY ·
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    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!

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  • C
    Master January 2019
    Cassidy ·
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    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 😊
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  • Caytlyn
    Legend November 2019
    Caytlyn ·
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    I agree with PPs, I’m not a fan of drink tickets. It’s fine to just not provide alcohol at all.
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  • M
    Super June 2021
    Melanie ·
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    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.
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  • Samantha
    Rockstar October 2022
    Samantha ·
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    I think a simple rehearsal dinner with just food and non alcoholic drinks is totally fine!
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  • Melle
    Legend June 2019
    Melle ·
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    You don’t need alcohol in general for it. For me we didn’t pay for the alcohol but we did pay for nonalcoholic drink
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