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All guests pay $2 for drinks and the bride and groom pay for the rest of it. So for example each drink is $10 and your guests pay $2 then the bride and groom pay $8
Toonie bar is a great idea since you won't have to fork out a lot on your end and you can provide 2 tickets each guest as complimentary drinks on you as they would then pay for themselves. This should be noted on the invitation to say Come prepared for Toonie Bar.
We plan to have a cash or ticket bar (first two drinks on us, the rest is paid by guests). We’re not big alcohol drinkers, so this wasn’t a high priority for us. I’d still like to have a signature drink though (Gronk spike-d lemonade, based on our football theme!).
We don’t drink alcohol and so we have decided to have wine for the table’s (included in our package). Many of our friends are also non-drinkers, however, we will have a buy your own drink bar too. We will only pay for $150 if they don’t sell enough drinks.
So far we have had good feedback about this decision.
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Oh my gosh yes it does. Both families are Ukrainian and can drink! Our drinks are on the higher end of the price range since it's all coming from the venue (winery) 9.50 and up depending on what you want to drink. I don't want to fork out thousands of dollars! If they have to pay for their own drinks theyre be more cautious and then they won't be putting down so many drinks forgetting about them and grabbing another!
LOL, we were in the same boat as you. Originally budgeted $40+tax and gratuity per head for an open bar. Then the pandemic came and we realized only members of one table would be having more than two drinks. Some tables even told us not to bother putting wine out for them. Changed to a consumption bar and the wallet thanked us
It was very important to us that guests do not pay to be guests at our wedding (culturally and personally). Of course we do understand why others don't or can't do this (toonie bar is definitely a happy medium). That being said, this drastically affects what the budget would be for others and is a completely personal personal choice like the rest of a budget. We didn't have one and had calculated that we would be dishing out 9k for open bar for 120 guests. Thankfully the pandemic changed things (including how much guests drank at the wedding) and we just paid per drink + table wine, which totalled $2100 for 49 people. We did a happy dance when the bill came - no joke 😅.