Lynnie
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Full Open Bar: Overrated or Underrated?

Lynnie, on June 18, 2019 at 11:05 AM Posted in Wedding Reception 1 157
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How do you feel about having a full open bar? Are cocktails in addition to wine and beer a make it or break it issue, or just a nice extra?

Do you think full open bars are overrated or underrated?


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  • Caytlyn
    Legend November 2019
    Caytlyn Online ·
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    Overrated. Beer and wine is sufficient, but liquor is a nice bonus.

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  • Future Mrs. K
    VIP June 2019
    Future Mrs. K ·
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    Underrated. I think making your guests pay for anything at your wedding is tacky.

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  • Kelsey
    VIP September 2020
    Kelsey ·
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    Overrated. Beer and wine is enough; if they liquor the guests can pay for it.

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  • Allie
    Master August 2019
    Allie ·
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    Underrated! Recently went to a wedding where there were no signature cocktails and it was a bummer.

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  • Margaret
    Dedicated June 2020
    Margaret ·
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    I think they are underrated. The main thing FH and I wanted was an open, FULL, bar. We have people traveling for us, coming and celebrating with us and feel that they all deserve to have an open bar available to them.
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  • Margaret
    Dedicated June 2020
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    Agreed! Super tacky. People are coming to celebrate with you and your spouse. It's the right thing to do!
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  • Katie
    VIP November 2019
    Katie ·
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    Overrated. That’s a ton of money for people to abuse the open bar privilege
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  • Arielle
    Expert May 2020
    Arielle ·
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    Underrated. (Because necessary wasn't an option).

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  • Alyssa
    Just Said Yes April 2020
    Alyssa ·
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    Overrated, my wedding is a family affair and guests don't need to be getting trashed to enjoy it 🤷🏻‍♀️ beer and wine should be sufficient
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  • Kelli
    Dedicated September 2020
    Kelli ·
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    No way. No need to have drinking
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  • Beth
    Savvy October 2020
    Beth ·
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    Overrated for where we are, we are in the middle of a downtown, most will go out for drinks before and we will be having a bar crawl after- no need to have people totally wasted on whiskey before we cut the cake! It’s also not an expectation where I am/ with my group of friends/ family. As long as there is unlimited beer/ wine folks are happy.
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  • Betty
    Dedicated May 2020
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    Open bar = good time at my reception.

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  • C
    Just Said Yes December 2019
    Chavonne ·
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    Overrated. Sorry I can't afford to get you overly tipsy. So beer, wine and a special cocktail should be sufficient.
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  • CourtneyBrittain
    Master August 2019
    CourtneyBrittain ·
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    Overrated, I don't see a need to spend thousands of dollars on alcohol.

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  • Janieva
    Dedicated November 2020
    Janieva ·
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    Underrated, I think this is a nice touch for guests.

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  • sherraine
    Savvy October 2021
    sherraine ·
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    Overrated and expensive. were going BYOB and only providing, a margarita machine, soda and a keg(2 if we can afford it)

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  • Kasyah
    Dedicated March 2020
    Kasyah ·
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    Underrated- what's a good wedding without all the free booze?! I want my guests and me to enjoy themselves.
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  • Cyndy
    Master May 2019
    Cyndy ·
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    Underrated. Open bar was a must have for us. We had a destination wedding and people spent a lot of money to be there so an open bar was not an option for us.
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  • Ellie
    Devoted January 2020
    Ellie ·
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    Underrated. I feel like while the people paying for the wedding (couple/parents of/ etc) spend the most money on the entire event. The guests still spend money to travel, dress up, and so on so I feel like having fun drinks available is just one way to thank them for coming to celebrate with us. Although I will say this is more of a case of knowing your audience.

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  • Lauren
    VIP February 2020
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    Overrated. I can spend that money on other areas for the wedding!

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