Post # 1
My venue comes with 4 hours of open bar, which I thought was great, but today I was informed that the cocktail hour counts as one of those hours, which hadn’t been made clear. This means that the open bar would end at 10pm, which is early considering the wedding is at a resort and the majority of the guests are staying overnight. I’m a bit bummed, because I was happy with how everything was fitting into my budget.
How many hours of open bar did your venue “come with”? Was cocktail hour separate?
How many hours of open bar are you having?
Do you think I should make an attempt to get another free hour of open bar from the venue because this wasn’t explained at all (I now see that their wording was somewhat deceptive and could be interpreted multiple ways)?
Post # 3
Our venue provides a 6 hour open bar, which includes the cocktail hour.
If it ends early, you could do an afterparty at a local bar or hotel bar. Ours is ending at 11:30 and plan on going to the hotel bar after.
Post # 4
You could always host an after party since most of your guests are staying overnight. Many wedding receptions I’ve attended have continued at the hotel bar, for example.
The open bar not lasting for the whole reception is simply a liability issue for the venue. We will have a four-hour open bar that will end at at 10, even though our reception will be lasting until 11. That does include the cocktail hour. I have no qualms about that, as I can do a lot of damage in four hours! I’ve been to weddings where “last call” was 30-60 minutes before the scheduled end, and I’ve been to weddings where the party didn’t stop until the vodka ran out. In all cases, I had a ton of fun.
And I don’t know about anyone else, but I usually get a pretty sweet buzz on during the cocktail hour, so having some time at the end without a drink usually doesn’t faze me!
Post # 5
We have 4 hours of open bar, including the cocktail hour. But during dinner (the hour that the bar will be closed) they will be serving red and white wine to the tables for whoever would like it.
Post # 6
we have an five hour open bar which includes cocktail hour, but our wedding also ends at six pm, so we were planning on going to the hotel’s bar, and to a near by casino
Post # 7
We are doing 5 hours, but it is on consumption, not per head/per hour.
Post # 8
Our whole wedding will be an open bar! But we are getting married in our back yard, both ceremony and reception. The bar will be open before the ceremony, a cocktail hour, and until the vodka runs out as MeghN so eloquently put it!
However, I don’t think there is anything wrong with the open bar ending at 10pm, most people that want to tipsy by then will be, and having a couple more drinks on their own dime won’t faze them one bit!
Post # 10
We also have open bar, but we can split those 4 hours up however we want. We are doing the 1 hour cocktail hour, then stopping for 1.5-2 hours over dinner (we are having 4 courses), and then having open bar til 11 with reception ending at midnight.
Is your venue able to split up your hours?
Post # 11
@sunsetchristy: perhaps you can situtate your 4 hours of open bar after dinner. the bar is often closed over dinner. as for the cocktail hour, maybe you can have signature cocktails, champagne or punch (alcoholic and/or non alcoholic).
Post # 12
@MeghN: Good to know that 4 hour open bar (including cocktail hour) isn’t uncommon.
The good thing about our venue it’s private property on a beach—there’s no need for an “after party” because we have the space rented out all night! Do you think it’d be weird to switch to cash bar from 10 to midnight? Or should I put down a tab and cover drinks for those 2 hours?
Post # 13
4 hours of open bar for us….not really by choice, but just by timing of everything. Ceremony at 6, cocktail hour at 6:30, bar closed from 7:30-8:30, but the ONLY reason I was ok with this was due to the fact there is the champagne toast AND wine service with dinner included, so there are still drinks available during the hour. Then 8:30-11:30, and because of the location of the venue, my reception has to end at 11:30.
With the other venue I was considering, I definitely would have added a 5th hour.
Post # 14
Ours is a 5 hr open bar including cocktail hour. Then there is a lounge downstairs for an after-party which will be cash bar.
Post # 15
We are having a 6 hour premium open bar — 1 for cocktail hour.. 5 for reception + viennese.
Post # 16
We have the option of a 4 hour bar but can add additional hours for a pp fee.