Post # 1
Are you leaving the bar open during dinner? Closing and doing wine service?
We took out the bar during dinner due to budgeting (so we 3 hours total, one for cocktail hour and 2 hours after dinner).we also took out wine service. My wedding coordinator said not to worry about it because guests will have their drinks from cocktail hour. Well, I recently went to a wedding and ran out of my drink during dinner. Thankfully, they did wine service and I am not a wine drinker but I took full advantage!
im really second guessing doing no drinks during dinner now. I figured if everyone grabbed a drink before they went into the room it would be ok but…. Nope.
I am ALL for alcohol at weddings and everyone going is a drinker so we don’t want to disappoint! So what did you do? What do you think?
Post # 3
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
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
@Mick26: we had an open bar for the entire reception starting during the cocktail hour.
Post # 6
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
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
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 # 9
Thanks for your replies! Dinner including the first dance and cake cutting will be about an hour or a little over an hour
Post # 10
My wedding coordinator at the hotel said she usually makes an announcement to get the point across lol like “ok please grab a drink as we head into the ballroom in 5 minutes!” but I just don’t want it to he tacky! Adding an extra hour is so expensive !
Post # 11
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
We had wine service at dinner, but our bar stayed open as well.
Post # 13
- 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 # 14
@cbgg: you’re right! Ughhh why are weddings so expensive?! Lol
the extra hour would probably be around $1,100 …I’m assuming wine service will be less so I think we will go that route
Post # 15
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
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).