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Which pieces might work best as legal tender?

Steve_J_OMSteve_J_OM SW LondonMember Posts: 895
Quite an odd question to pose, I know.

I'm getting married in April, and the venue we've hired has an unlicensed bar. This means that we can stock the bar however we like but we cannot legally sell alchohol. Since we're not made of money and can't provide a free bar for the event, we're using a 'token' system. In this system, guests will purchase tokens at a station set up somewhere in the venue, then take those tokens to the bar and swap them for drinks. 

Naturally, I want to have my favourite hobby be a part of the day, so one idea I've come up with is to have LEGO pieces as tokens. My better half is on board with the idea, but we can't quite agree on what pieces might work best. Are bricks too bulky? Are plates too easy to lose? My personal preference is a 2x2 plate, but my fiancée thinks they would be too small. 

Any ideas? It would have to be a somewhat common piece, as I'll have to bulk order from Bricklink when we decide on the right piece. 

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  • LostInTranslationLostInTranslation UKMember Posts: 4,886
  • binaryeyebinaryeye USMember Posts: 1,717
    Even as an AFOL, I don't think I'd want to be carrying 2x4s in my pocket. Not only are they relatively large, the corners of any square brick or plate are pretty pointy. Of course the advantages might outweigh this: They are more iconic than just about any other part, and guests could be creative with them (depending on how many each person gets).

    My initial thought was the Technic disk. But unless all of your guests are AFOLs, it's unlikely anyone would recognize it as LEGO. It also can't be stacked without an axle. An alternative to this is the 4x4 round plate. No sharp corners, pretty good size, and seems to be available for relatively cheap in e.g. Light Bluish Gray.

    Yellow minifigure heads with random expressions would be fun. But they'd probably be more expensive and if a 2x2 plate is too small, then so are they.
    madforLEGO
  • JudgeChuckJudgeChuck UKMember Posts: 906
    Duh! Use these and these. ;-)

    Speaking sensibly, I'd agree that a 2x2 plate is probably your best bet. They're not too big and not too small and won't be expensive to source. You could use different colours, if you need to have different denominations.
    gmonkey76stluxkiki180703josekalelmadforLEGODoctorMcGann
  • AllBrickAllBrick UKMember Posts: 1,137
    How about those gold dinner plates...

    And pirate treasure coins, may be a bit small though...

    I'm also thinking bottles or glasses also.

    Congratulations and kudos for being a hardcore AFOL.

    Johnyk668sid3windr
  • bookmumbookmum londonMember Posts: 643
    I thought of the little wine glasses but thought they'd probably be too small. But I have to say how much I love the idea! 
  • woony2woony2 UKMember Posts: 277
    You could call the bar ' booze for bricks' obviously the sign would be made from Lego. You can have that idea for free, think of it as an early wedding present.
    catwranglersid3windr
  • mr_bennmr_benn United KingdomMember Posts: 698
    2x4 bricks are the ideal choice - but no one wants to have a pocket full of those!

    May I recommend sticking with paper tokens for the most part, but everyone gets one 2x4 or 2x2 for a 'premium' drink - glass of fizz or spirits perhaps?

    Alternatively, find another way to get Lego in instead of this (I'll be honest, by the time it comes to drinks, I expect many of your guests will be less interested in the finer points of the wedding!) - perhaps make minifigs of you and your wife getting married and use that as the picture for your thank you cards, or something similar.  Best thing is to make it as easy as possible for yourself (and everyone else) and just enjoy the day!
    catwrangler
  • SirKevbagsSirKevbags Fairy Land Member Posts: 3,980
    As a thankyou to exhibitors at Bricktastic last year they were all given 3 2 x 2 bricks to use as bar tokens and it worked really well. I just couldn't reveal the colour in case they all brought extra! 
    Shib
  • Steve_J_OMSteve_J_OM SW LondonMember Posts: 895
    Thanks for the ideas everyone, some good ones here that I hadn't thought of. Particularly @binaryeye and @CCC, I think the 4x4 round plate might be a winner. @JudgeChuck I like the idea of having different colours for different denominations, though I fear that might be seen as complicating matters, but I'll keep it in mind.

    @woony2 I LOVE that idea, and if we do use bricks that is definitely what we'll call the table where we sell off the tokens.

    @SirKevbags glad to hear that the 2x2s worked well. It's a tempting one because it's such an iconic shape.

    Food for thought anyway, thanks again all. 
  • MrShinyAndNewMrShinyAndNew Member Posts: 186
    Bearing in mind the logistics of getting the pieces, what can you get your hands on in quantity most easily? People are usually pretty good at not losing their drink tickets at parties, and that's just like a 2x4-sized piece of paper. So 2x4 bricks or plates would probably be fine. As for the discomfort of keeping them in your pockets, how many drink tickets does the average (or worst-case) wedding guest normally have? 

    I'd be inclined to go to the local Lego store and buy whatever is in their pick-a-brick. Pink 2x4s? lime-green 2x6 plates? whatever! As long as I can get 500 of them, or however many I think I need. (Though, I guess if the cash area runs out, the bar can send the "used" ones back to be resold)
  • Switchfoot55Switchfoot55 Washington, USAMember Posts: 232
    Whatever you end up using, make sure you price your tokens/drinks appropriately so one of your AFOL friends doesn't come and buy the whole lot for their latest MOC at a nice discount!
  • dougtsdougts Oregon, USAMember Posts: 3,987
    the 4x4 round plate was my first thought also.  to jazz it up, or provide differentiators, you could plop a 2x2 square tile in a multitude of colors on top of it
    stluxkiki180703MattDawson
  • Steve_J_OMSteve_J_OM SW LondonMember Posts: 895
    dougts said:
    the 4x4 round plate was my first thought also.  to jazz it up, or provide differentiators, you could plop a 2x2 square tile in a multitude of colors on top of it
    Ooh, I like it. Along similar lines, I wonder if there is a printed 2x2 square tile with a dollar or some such on it. A dozen ideas come to mind if I went the custom route, but that is probably cost prohibitive.
  • SirKevbagsSirKevbags Fairy Land Member Posts: 3,980
    How many do you need? I have a bag of these 

    http://www.bricklink.com/v2/catalog/catalogitem.page?P=6256&name=Minifig, Utensil Dish 3 x 3&category=[Minifig, Utensil]#T=S&C=65&O={"color":65,"st":"4"}

    I think 500, might be 1000 and I can't think of when I'll use them. If they will work you can have them.
    Johnyk668kiki180703bandit778
  • Steve_J_OMSteve_J_OM SW LondonMember Posts: 895
    That's a good question that I don't actually have an answer to now that I think about it :)

    Thank you for the generous offer, but I suspect non-AFOLs might not get that it's a LEGO piece. Much appreciated though.  
  • MaffyDMaffyD HuddersfieldMember Posts: 1,237
    Having the pieces being a little bit bulky might actually be a good idea as the evening progresses. Will stop people... accumulating them, if you know what I mean? Depending on the drinking tendencies of those invited of course! :-)

    Congratulations on the impending nuptials by the way!
  • SprinkleOtterSprinkleOtter Member Posts: 2,086
    CCC said:
    4x4 round plate. It's like a big coin. No corners to cause life-threatening injuries, big enough not to lose.
    ^ This. They need to be big enough that slightly tipsy partygoers don't lose them.
    gmonkey76kiki180703
  • ShibShib UKMember Posts: 3,875
    As a thankyou to exhibitors at Bricktastic last year they were all given 3 2 x 2 bricks to use as bar tokens and it worked really well. I just couldn't reveal the colour in case they all brought extra! 
    It was also a lot of fun discussing the unusual payment method with the bar staff.


    SprinkleOtterkiki180703
  • Sethro3Sethro3 United StatesMember Posts: 785
    So I'm confused. You are having an "open" bar that you are paying to stock, correct? To limit things, people are using a LEGO brick of some sort (that you are providing) to "pay" for these drinks? They will use real money to buy these tokens, correct?

    I understand you want to include LEGO, but how is this different than a cash bar? Will people respond better to buying a LEGO token and getting a drink vs just buying a drink with real money? I guess I'm lost.

    Good luck though! I liked the idea of the round plate the best.
  • SumoLegoSumoLego New YorkMember Posts: 6,404
    As an aside, you may want to differentiate between alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.
    Jackad7SprinkleOtter
  • Jackad7Jackad7 Wisconsin Member Posts: 370
    If you want to make some profit sell different types of bricks for different drinks, as the night "progresses" I am almost positive you will find a less than sober individual buying bricks simply to build stuff. Yet again you might have another AFOL in your midst who does that from the start.
  • ricecakericecake Maryland, USAMember Posts: 638
    Sethro3 said:
    So I'm confused. You are having an "open" bar that you are paying to stock, correct? To limit things, people are using a LEGO brick of some sort (that you are providing) to "pay" for these drinks? They will use real money to buy these tokens, correct?

    I understand you want to include LEGO, but how is this different than a cash bar? Will people respond better to buying a LEGO token and getting a drink vs just buying a drink with real money? I guess I'm lost.

    Good luck though! I liked the idea of the round plate the best.
    It's probably the same idea with buying chips at a casino. You pay for the chips and use that for currency. In the first post it says they legally cannot sell alcohol, so you buy tokens instead.
    gmonkey76kiki180703
  • EvilTwinEvilTwin UKMember Posts: 54
    Use collectible minifigs
    Leave a few sealed packs on each table then people can have some fun assembling them and trading them before buying drinks with them

  • ShibShib UKMember Posts: 3,875
    Sethro3 said:
    So I'm confused. You are having an "open" bar that you are paying to stock, correct? To limit things, people are using a LEGO brick of some sort (that you are providing) to "pay" for these drinks? They will use real money to buy these tokens, correct?

    I understand you want to include LEGO, but how is this different than a cash bar? Will people respond better to buying a LEGO token and getting a drink vs just buying a drink with real money? I guess I'm lost.

    Good luck though! I liked the idea of the round plate the best.
    It's to do with alcohol licensing laws in the U.K. - the easier work around is to not have a bar but have a bring your own system but some venues don't like that
    MattDawsonkiki180703KingAlanI
  • SumoLegoSumoLego New YorkMember Posts: 6,404
    ^  This is true.  When everyone gets sick in Uncle Fred's 'craft beer', the venue doesn't want the liability.

    Many venues will only consider fully licensed vendors bringing in food or drink.  (So if your mother-in-law wants to make your wedding cake - check that out ahead of time!)
    KingAlanIgmonkey76
  • ImABrickManNowImABrickManNow BrickyMcBrickMember Posts: 196
    First off, congrats man! anyhoo my choice would have to be 2x4 round bricks or 4x4 plates, although the ladder might be slightly too big.
  • SprinkleOtterSprinkleOtter Member Posts: 2,086
    ^What's that you say? You want everyone to carry around a large ladder in their pocket?

    Insert sausage jokes here...
    SumoLegokiki180703davetheoxygenmanImABrickManNow
  • SumoLegoSumoLego New YorkMember Posts: 6,404
    I'm just happy to see you.
    SprinkleOtterkiki180703
  • SprinkleOtterSprinkleOtter Member Posts: 2,086
    Have you heard of the fold-able ladders? They're not very much fun...
    SumoLegoImABrickManNow
  • Steve_J_OMSteve_J_OM SW LondonMember Posts: 895
    Looks like the round 4x4 plate is the winner! I like the idea of different colours for different denominations, but my better half thinks it'll overcomplicate things. So I'm about to clear some BL sellers out of their stock of light bley plates (I think).

    Thanks again all - will be sure to come back with pictures in April.  
    gmonkey76khmellymel
  • SumoLegoSumoLego New YorkMember Posts: 6,404
    Have you heard of the fold-able ladders? They're not very much fun...
    Medical Science has done wonders with telescoping... ladders.
    SprinkleOtter
  • KingAlanIKingAlanI Rochester, NYMember Posts: 978
    last wedding I went to had some LEGO accoutrements but not this complication. congrats on the workaround.
    open bar with homebrew beer/cider by the groom's brother and bottled wine, served by the caterers. problem was I had a lot of strong stuff with a lot of food, set like a ton of not-so-fun bricks.
  • ImABrickManNowImABrickManNow BrickyMcBrickMember Posts: 196
    Darn it! I just realized my mistake. I was using my phone for that post and it auto-corrected "latter" stinking iphones!
    SprinkleOtter
  • Final_SignFinal_Sign KentuckyMember Posts: 100
    Grats on getting married and the creative idea on using Lego!

    I vote for using 2x4 bricks and having something built out of them at the counter where you "buy" them initially.  Then as people purchase them you tear a few off your creation and as the night progresses you can visually tell how many drinks have been consumed by seeing how much is missing from your MOC!

    Now, when and where is the reception so we can all show up with a sack of bricks and get smashed?!
    SumoLegocatwranglerSprinkleOtter
  • KingAlanIKingAlanI Rochester, NYMember Posts: 978
    when I saw the thread title I thought it was a weird apocalyptic scenario. :P
    catwranglerSprinkleOttersid3windrAanchir
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