Bar Types Common at a Wedding

Most wedding guests will argue that food and drinks are among the most important parts of a successful wedding reception. Alcoholic beverages have a long history of use during wedding receptions as a pivotal part of the celebratory experience. When attending a wedding reception you are likely to see one of these bar types.

Open Bar

The open bar is a gracious way for the hosts of a wedding to thank the attendees. The common belief is that guests shouldn’t have to pay anything to attend the wedding, however, an open bar can easily become the most expensive aspect of the wedding. With no limit, guests can continue drinking then the host is given the tab.

Limited Bar

With a limited bar, hosts can offer a selection of drinks on their own terms. For example, say hosts only want to serve alcohol during the reception, a limited bar would then be open during this period. By controlling the time alcohol is available costs can be cut drastically.

Cash Bar

Cash bars are among the least popular at a wedding because it requires guests to pay for their own drinks while attending. This controversial approach is often used when funds are too tight or the risk of over consumption can cause problems. When a monetary restriction is imposed, it’s less likely that alcohol-fueled problems arise.


In cases where the cost of procuring alcohol isn’t worth the effort because attendees likely won’t, or don’t, drink, an alcohol-free bar is a viable alternative. This approach provides beverages like sparkling grape juice and non-alcoholic mixed drinks to create a celebratory atmosphere. This can invoke the same experience as a classic toast without the hangover the morning after.

If you are currently looking for a unique venue for your event, Stokely Event Center can make sure your special day is unforgettable. Guests will love the free-to-play games and a wide assortment of decorative signs. With the flexibility of catering in outside food and drinks, event menus can fit a variety of preferences. Our sound system, projector and screen are included for one great price to meet your audio/visual needs. If you are interested in reserving Stokely Event Center, please call us at 918-664-4724 or complete our online request form. We can’t wait to be part of your special event!

Weddings|July 25, 2023|

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