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OP - *apologies if you've already answered this but I admit I was skimming* - have you already chosen your venue? Sometimes that can give you a little wiggle room when it comes to the bar issue... my FI and I are holding our reception in a hotel ballroom and hosting beer and wine from the bar IN the ballroom, however if any of our guest just have to have something stronger the hotel bar is right outside the door and I certainly wouldn't be offended to see them step outside and purchase a drink... also this way there's no akward issue with not having cash, since hotel bars can take credit cards and open tabs etc.... you'd find a similar setup in most restaurant banquet rooms and other hotels I'd imagine... just food for thought.Also - WOW, $2 bar? I'd be offended.
Haha yeah my offense in the previous post wasn't so much to paying $2 per drink but more toward that $2 per drink going right back to the bride and groom... just sounds sneaky to me.Also one more thing to consider - its been my experience (and this could just be the *wonderful* people I hang out with ) but if the bar is only open bar for a limited time, people will make it a point to take full advantage of the free drinks for however long they're available, and you could end up with a lot more drunk people than if you'd hosted just beer and wine OR even a full evening's cash bar... haha like I said it may just be my friends GL!