Post # 1
Hi Bees, I am finalizing my food/bar menu and would like to know what you think.
Within our budget, I would prefer to do a 2 rather than 3 hour open bar and be able to afford more food. We’ll be doing a beer/wine/soda bar with 3 types of bottled beer and 6 kinds of wine. It will save us a bit over $100 to do 2 hours rather than 3. IF we end up with a bigger budget than I thought, I would happily upgrade to another hour and maybe more food.
We’ll be having either a lunchtime or late-afternoon wedding… not dinner. I think if it was a dinner or nighttime event I would feel like 2 hours was kind of cheap… but for an earlier time would it be OK?
Post # 3
If its lunch I wouldn’t expect a open bar just maybe some mixed drinks but for early afternoon two hours should be plenty people don’t need to be wasted on there drives home.
Post # 4
@batbrain: If that’s what you can afford, then that’s what you can afford. A two hour open bar instead of a three hour is fine, especially for an afternoon reception.
Post # 5
@somethingaquamarine: +1. If it was an evening wedding, I would say even 3 hours is probably a little short on time, but for an afternoon wedding, most guests probably won’t expect an open bar to start with, so 2 hours should be fine IMO.
Post # 6
2 hours is totally acceptable.
Post # 7
I think you should either splurge for the full three hours (or however long your lunchtime reception is) of open bar OR cut back the bar and host beer/wine/soda/etc. only for the entire thing.
Here’s why: It’s confusing for a guest to get used to something for free, then go up to the bar later and be taken back when the bar tender asks them for money.
Therefore, it would be my recommendation to keep your bar situation consistent from start to finish — whether that means splurging $100 over budget and having an open bar the whole time, or scaling back the bar the whole time.
Post # 8
@FutureMrsLAL: I agree with that but I think she’s only doing beer/wine/soda the whole time.
Hmm regardless of what you pick, I think soda should be free the whole time.
Post # 9
It would only cost $100 more to keep the bar open another hour?? You should DEFINITELY do that. $100 is nothing – you can cut back somewhere else on something that guests don’t care about. Decor? Favors?
Post # 10
For $100 I’d keep it open the full 3 hours just so people aren’t confused. But $100 isn’t that much to me, and I don’t know your budget. I’d be perfectly fine with 2 hours at an afternoon reception though so if you want to go that way I wouldn’t be offended. People might be confused though.
What food do you have right now?
Post # 11
We’re deciding between doing a lunch buffet during lunchtime or an appetizer spread later in the afternoon, maybe 3-6 or so. I think the app service is for only one hour though.
I know it’s only $100 difference, but we have a really small budget and I’d prefer to err on the side of caution. If we have an extra 100 to throw somewhere I will happily put it there! I might also add on a few bowls of booze punch instead.
But yeah – good advice on keeping the bar open for as long as the reception is.
Post # 12
How long is the reception lasting? Is it lasting 2 hours or 3?
Post # 13
Our venue is a flat fee for all day, so we actually haven’t set a time yet. I am thinking we could plan on a 2 hour reception for now and then extend it to 3 if we have the money?
Post # 14
In the afternoon, no one should be offended by this. In fact no one should be “offended” by it, period, but people do have different expectations of evening weddings.