Open Bar VS. Coffee Bar

posted 3 years ago in Food
  • poll: What is your preference?
    Open Bar (FULL 4hrs) : (73 votes)
    74 %
    Open Bar 3hrs & Coffee Bar 2hrs : (26 votes)
    26 %
  • Post # 3
    2299 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    Toughie! I voted coffee bar for the last 2 hours because I think I’d appreciate it, but a lot of people I know would be disappointed to have the bar close that early, and they might end up leaving earlier than planned.

    Post # 4
    3570 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    I had a coffee bar, and honestly, not that many people used it.  A few people had irish coffees, but the majority of people will still drinking alcohol with the cake.

    Post # 6
    1774 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    I don’t drink coffee in the evening/at night, so I would MUCH rather have the open bar open later.

    Post # 7
    3570 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    Ours was 100 ppl, but I guess I would call it a mix of older and younger

    Post # 8
    5697 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I wouldn’t want caffeine that late, and to me decaf is no fun (I don’t enjoy coffee THAT much), and I’d probably be bummed that the bar closed and there is still 2 hours of dancing left and I’d likely leave. Closing a bar tends to signal the closing of the night.

    Post # 9
    8483 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2013

    Open bar…I don’t drink coffee at night.  And I’d probably think that meant your reception was over and leave within an hour of the coffee bar.

    Post # 10
    5351 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: October 2009

    It depends what the style of your reception is – if you want dancing, then I would say no coffee because people won’t want to drink hot coffee while shaking their groove thing. However, if you are not having dancing, then coffee is the perfect dessert/ after dinner “sit and relax” kind of drink. 

    Post # 11
    2642 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I voted open bar.  The coffee bar sounds yummy, but I don’t think enough people would use it to make it worth while – especially for 2 hours.  Coffee is great for after dinner, but not so much right before you go home and go to bed.  I think people would much prefer to get a beer than a coffee for the last few hours of the reception.

    Post # 13
    289 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2014

    I think you’d be fine either way. Personally, as a guest, I probably wouldn’t use the coffee part of it much during the reception, but that’s mainly because I’m just a one-cup-in-the-morning kind of girl.

    Honestly, it depends on your family, friends, and if they like to drink. I know that we want a full bar for four hours because we want folks to dance and enjoy themselves and that’s honestly, for us, more likely to happen with an open bar. And you might need to be prepared that some folks might leave a little early if the bar shuts down early.

    If you’re worried about people driving home, you could always offer a shuttle to the hotel you’re using. Or, I’d just trust that everyone would either have a DD or would call a taxi if it’s what they needed to get home.


    Post # 14
    2876 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: February 1998

    I’d love the coffee bar! I’m not a big drinker so that’s probably why.

    I think it really depends on the crowd the younger guests would most likely want the open bar and the older guests the coffee bar. 

    Post # 15
    11772 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: May 2013

    I had a coffee/tea bar. HUGE waste of money! I saw ONE person drinking tea. Everyone else was drinking Mimosas!

    Post # 16
    4576 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    I’m a coffee and alcohol drinker…but I wouldn’t drink coffee at night.

    I vote to just do the open bar. Some folks leave the wedding and go someplace else after if it’s on a weekend night, and I wouldn’t want to kill my buzz with coffee, honestly. We rarely go straight home if we’re all dressed up and a reception ends 11-12.

    **of course I always have a cab or designated driver.

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