top of page

What type of bar is right for my event? Open Bar or Toonie? - We break them down!

Photograph: Captured In Amber Photography

This is always a hot topic of conversation when planning a wedding or event. Everyone will have a different opinion on what type of bar is appropriate. Some say you should always have an open bar while others firmly believe that cash bars are the way to go.

There is no right or wrong answer! Your budget, personal preferences and your guest list will all play a role in deciding which one is right for you.

So let’s break them down:

Open bar- the most gracious and expensive approach. You will be picking up the whole tab on this one once the party is done. Because there is no limit, people may drink like guppies.

Limited bar- in this one, you offer a smaller selection of drink options and you set specific consumption times such as cocktail hour, and during the after-dinner festivities. If you limit the the times the bar is open, make sure you have other options available for your guests such as water, sodas, coffee and tea.

Cash Bar- don’t have a cash bar without a reason (but don’t worry, there is always a reason). Although some see this as a controversial topic, most guests won’t even bat an eye. Toonie bars are a great way to get the best of all worlds. You are still picking up most of the tab for your guests. If you choose this option, have a selection of non-alcoholic options you offer on the house.

Dry Wedding- this type of bar is becoming more and more popular. There are so many great options for non-alcoholic mocktails and beverages, they still add to the party but without the increased cost (and hangover!).

Choosing the right type of bar may not be easy but will certainly help set the tone of your event. Remember, there is no right or wrong answer. Pick the one you want!


Featured Vendors:

Wild Rose Wedding Workshops, Coutts Centre, Heather Johnson Creative, Black Dog Bakery, Creative Edge Flowers, Mountain Grove Studios, Orange Trunk, Hair and Makeup by Robin, Hangon Bridal Hangers, ADX Diamonds, Curated Kits

bottom of page