I know this has already been discussed endlessly on wedding boards, but I am trying to decide between providing a cash bar or having no bar at all for my wedding reception. I am providing a champagne toast for guests during the reception, as well as champagne punch during the cocktail hour (at $65/gallon!). However, this alone is a strain on our very small budget, and the option of providing alcoholic beverages during the reception as well would be impossible. Yes, we've considered the beer/wine/soda option only, and that too is extremely expensive and out of our budget, as our venue requires that they provide all of the beverages.
As a wedding guest, would you prefer to have the option to pay for additional drinks if you wanted them during the reception, or would the idea of a cash bar (even after cocktail hour) turn you off?