To Host an Open Bar or Not….

One of the big decisions to make when planning a wedding or other social occasions is whether or not to have an open bar, and almost everyone has an opinion.

Because alcohol is perceived as an important part of many cultures, including Canadian culture, some believe it is rude not to provide free alcohol, whether limited or not.  Some believe it is rude to limit it, and some believe it is a status thing.  You can have an open bar or a cash bar, wine service or wine on the tables, cocktail service, and let’s not forget champagne to toast the happy couple or important individual!

On the other hand, some people anticipate that many guests will overindulge and want to minimize the risk of intoxicated attendees.  Would it be so wrong to have an alcohol free event?  Have mocktails instead?   We’d love to hear from you on this.

Author: Sarah R.N.

Registered Nurse working as a Public Health Nurse in the Injury and Substance Misuse Prevention Program at the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit

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