My FH is from the Milwaukee area and I'm from Alabama. We are planning on getting married in New Orleans, LA, my FH and I along with my family and friends are in Birmingham, AL and his family and friends are in Milwaukee, WI. Last night we were going over an email I got from a possible reception vendor and it gave three options for beer, wine and liquor. When we got down to the actual cost it was a lot cheaper (much higher quality too) than we what we thought we would be able to find in our budget, he states that we are trying to cut cost and wants to have a cash bar. When one of his family members got married they had a cash bar and he says that this is rather normal but here in Alabama I'm sure it happens but I personally could never imagine it.
I was just really wondering if cash bars were the norm and if there are any other traditions/etiquette/customs that I should be aware that I probably have no clue about. His family is mostly german if that helps any! Thank you so much for any help you give me because my FI's are wonderful and I'm blessed to be joining their family and the last thing I want to do is insult or make lite of something I'm not aware of.