I've been lurking around the etiquette board, and they are all pretty clear that they feel having a Cash Bar is rude, and having a dry bar is better than no bar. The exception is if a cash bar is a norm in your area. I've been to a few weddings around Boston, and almost every one was different whether they had an open bar, open cocktail then cash, and full cash bar. Right now, my fiance and I booked our wedding venue that allows us to have an open bar for the cocktail hour, and then it switches to cash to keep in our current budget. I obviously don't want to be rude to my guests, but I'm sure many of you understand that weddings in this area are not cheap. Can I stick with this bar option and not offend my guests or should I switch to a full open bar? My mother who is a wedding coordinator at a local country club thinks this is asking for a drunken mess at our wedding and advises keeping it open for cocktail hour, then switching to cash. I'm so confused! Haha
Thanks for the help!