Is three hours enough?

posted 2 years ago in Food
  • poll: Is three hours of open bar enough for 29 guests?
    Yes. : (27 votes)
    56 %
    Not enough. Add 1 hour. : (13 votes)
    27 %
    Not enough. Add 2+ hours. : (6 votes)
    13 %
    Other : (2 votes)
    4 %
  • Post # 2
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    1441 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    You should have open bar for however long people will be at the reception, but that’s unckear from your post so I can’t vote in your poll. 

    Post # 4
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    1441 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    I’d just do beer and wine then, for the whole time. 

    Post # 7
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    2652 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: March 1996

    I think 3 hours is perfectly sufficient. Maybe there could be a sign on the bar alerting people to the time at which alcoholic beverages will no longer be available, like, “Liquor service from 5-8 pm” or whatever? That way no one will be surprised to find they missed out on a chance to get one last drink. But I don’t see any reason why anyone would need more than 3 hours of free booze.

    Post # 8
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    985 posts
    Busy bee

    That’s plenty! There is no rule that you have to have alcohol available the entire time if you can’t afford to.

    Post # 9
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    7243 posts
    Busy Beekeeper

    If you reception is 5hrs long could you not add the extra hour but close the open bar during the dinner hour and just serve wine with dinner. Just let guests know that the open bar will be closed over dinner so they can grab a drink for dinner if they do not like wine. Most people alow down their drinking over dinner and if you throw in speeches etc during courses you could easily get through 1 hr.

    Post # 12
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    2652 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: March 1996

    Don’t get me wrong, I am happy to have a few drinks (and to be fair I would be just as happy with wine as mixed drinks/hard liquor.) But 3 hours of alcohol is very generous.

    Post # 14
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    2045 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2014

    If you close the bar during dinner, they usually make a last call, and people who don’t like wine with their dinner can get their drink of choice before dinner.   Then open it up after dinner, and close it an hour before the reception ends so guests can sober up.  You don’t want guests to be up and down during dinner- that can be disruptive, and no one will feel a lack of drinks.  

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