Post # 1
Okay, so I have an included bar service for 5 hours in our venue cost. But, this is just a bartender, we will have money on the bar until later in the envening when it will turn into cash bar, but thats a non-issue.
We have cocktail hour from 5.30-6, dinner at 7, dancefloor open at 8.30 and bar closes at 10.30.
Music stops 15 minutes after bar service ends, and guests are to be out 15 minutes after that. So, 30 minutes to finish your last drinks, have a dance, and say goodbyes.
Im not sure if we will leave before service ends, when service ends, when the music stops, or wait until the very end, Im confused there.
Anywho, is it long enough? Should I fork out the extra $200 to lengthen the bar service to 11.30 and we’re out by midnight? What would you be feeling by 10-10.30? I know a fair few guests will be gone by then, but most certainly not all. Im just not sure if its long enough, plenty of time, is $200 worth it for another hour?
Thanks bees 🙂
Post # 3
- Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry
5 hours is more than long enough for a bar. At most weddings that I’ve be to, the bar shuts down before the party’s over- ours shut down half an hour ahead of time, for example. They still provided non-alcoholic drinks during that time for those who wanted them.
Post # 4
@rebwana: Did you find people werent ready to leave after 5 hours or were people getting ready to leave anyway? I just feel bad if I cut the party short haha
Post # 5
I think 5 hours is plenty !
Post # 6
@FutureMrsHallam: what is happening from 6-7? is the bar still open for that hour?
you know your guests. are they late night partiers that will expect to drink until midnight? can you play it by ear; schedule to have it for the 5 hours but have the option to keep it open if your guests are having a good time.
Post # 7
@mypinkshoes: Yep the bar is still open then, it stayes open from 5.30-10.30, we just move indoors 🙂 We do formalities early, so we will enter at 6.15, cut the cake, do some dances, have a few speeches and food will be ready when the last speech is done.
You know, I never asked if we could play it by ear. *email being written now…* 😉
Post # 8
That sounds like plenty of time to me! Our wedding started at 530 and ended at 11, and people were plenty drunk enough by then, haha.
Post # 9
I am not of much help, my wedding was an outdoor afair. I went to bed around 3am and I hear that my dad was the last to go to sleep around 4:30 or 5. I have a feeling this is a very different style event though. i think 5 hours of bar time is perfectly fine
Post # 10
I think that’s very generous. My daughter’s reception is 7:00 – 11:00 pm and the bar will have last call at 10:00 p.m. per the venue’s suggestion.