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Cash bars are not only controversial, they're also just plain tacky. Inviting people to your wedding and then asking them to pay for their drinks is not a nice thing to do. If you can't afford an open bar, have a limited selection of alcohol instead. If you can't afford that, then consider nixing the alcohol altogether.
I agree 100%
I do not agree at all. Many young couples cannot afford to have an open bar, but know that people seem to be more relaxed (and have more fun) after a few drinks. At my friend's wedding, they sent out two complimentary drink tickets with each invitation, and after you used your tickets, it was a cash bar. No one seemed to mind, and the drinks were not that expensive.