For everyone doing an open bar….

posted 3 years ago in Food
Post # 3
4513 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

We left ours open during dinner. I noticed people going back and forth to the bar throughout the entire dinner so I think it was a good decision. Dinner lasted about 2 hours (we had a seated 5 course meal) so I can’t imagine no one would have run out of their drink during that time.

Post # 4
644 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I’ve been to a lot of weddings where they stop serving drinks during dinner so I know to grab one before I sit down. I think this is a great way to save money but you’re right as you experienced some guests my not realize and then miss out on getting their drinks. Can you post a sign that will have the bar hours or have the DJ/Band make an announcement just prior to dinner that the bar will be closing? I think that for the money saved it will be worth it.

Post # 5
6525 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

@Mick26:  we had an open bar for the entire reception starting during the cocktail hour.

Post # 6
2694 posts
Sugar bee

At almost all the weddings I’ve been to, we’ve had to go back to get drinks during dinner unless they were refilling our wine glasses during dinner. How long is dinner supposed to last?

Post # 7
655 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Our bar was open for cocktails for an hour then closed for dinner because we served wine and champagne during dinner, Then it was open after dinner until close at 1am. 5 hours open total. closed for 2 hours but they got wine so it all worked out. No one complained and everyone was drunk so I think it worked out alright!

Post # 8
9525 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

I like to have wine with dinner so I’d be bummed if I finished my cocktail during salad and went up for my glass of wine before the entree and was told no. That being said, if there was an announcement or posted sign at the bar stating that the bar would be closed during dinner, I would make a point of getting my wine before it closed and keep it at my table until dinner. So I think you’ll be okay, as long as you make it very clear what the bar hours are so that people can prepare.

Post # 11
5160 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

I would not cut off service during dinner.  It’s during dinner that I really want to have a drink.  I think providing wine service is a good idea since that way people won’t be gettign up to go to the bar, but if you think you have a lot of people who don’t enjoy wine then just leave the bar open.


Post # 12
11668 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

We had wine service at dinner, but our bar stayed open as well. 

Post # 13
663 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Jacksonville Inn

We are having limited open bar for the entire reception, but we are only doing wine and beer. We may add 1 signiture cocktail, which would be available for the whole reception.

Post # 15
528 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I changed my mind a lot about what to do with the bar, but I ended up doing full open bar the entire time and wine service during dinner. Having waiters serving wine during dinner cut down on trips to the bar, but I knew I had several non-wine drinkers and didn’t want to limit them. Our dinner ended up being about 45 – 60 minutes anyway, so not really long enough that shutting the bar would have made that much difference in the final cost.

Post # 16
142 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

We’re leaving the bar open the entire time, an hour before guests are seated until the end of the night. Having it open during dinner is great for guests who aren’t wine drinkers (like myself). 


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