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Ask Kate: No free bar

August 8, 2012

Kate Thompson has been offering heart-felt advice and sparklingly different wedding inspiration for ten years. She is married with two children, and often features in the national press. With her warm and caring nature and off-beat sense of humour, she'll answer every question with knowledgable insight and understanding to help and inspire or simply restore your peace of mind.


We are having a small ceremony and dinner for about 30 people, followed by an evening reception where we are offering a small buffet and limited drinks (basically a free bar until a set amount of money runs out). How do we word our evening invitations to let people know that we are not providing unlimited free drinks?


People generally take money to weddings anyway – there aren’t many situations where guests are offered a free bar all night. However, if guests can’t pay by card and will need cash, it’s a good idea to mention it in advance.

If you have an ‘information sheet’ in your invitation, include something like
‘A free bar will be available for a limited time during the evening. After that, the bar will take cash only.’
Kate x

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