What Is a Host Bar?

Cocktails at Wedding Reception Host Bar
Q: Help! I’ve been invited to a wedding reception and the invitation states “Host Bar”. I have no idea what this means. Can you tell me what “Host Bar” is?

A “Host Bar” refers to the scenario in which the hosts of the wedding reception (or other event) will provide cocktails and alcoholic beverages for their guests. This is the opposite of a “Cash Bar”, which refers to the scenario whereby guests are expected to pay for their own liquor consumption, a situation which does not adhere to proper wedding etiquette.

Although having a “Cash Bar” at a wedding reception is highly discouraged, today some do it nonetheless.

Hope this clears up the confusion!

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