Your thoughts on a cash-bar cocktail hour please

posted 3 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

under those specific conditions, I think it would be okay to do a cash-bar.  Are you planning on having any snacks freely available?

Post # 4
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

If I was a guest I would get over having to pay for cocktails. I would, honestly, care more about getting to see you (the happy couple) than I would care about drinks. So I would definitely to try make it to at least some of the cocktail hour so that you can rejoice with your guests.

Post # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

@ju5tdance:  RVYC is lovely- I was a member when I lived in Vic:) I think cash bar in this case is fine, but agreed with pp- I would definitely want to see you for a bit during this time if possible!

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

@ju5tdance:  Your guests might appreciate a heads up about both the cash bar and the gap!  That way they aren’t annoyed 60 minutes through thinking the reception should be starting and they should be eating.  Then they will know they have time to play lawn games and check out the club.  Sounds really fun!

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

@ju5tdance:  I find that a bit awkward.  Consider the fact that your wedding potentially starts right on time at 4 (unlikely but possible). Guests got there at least by 3:30, possibly even earlier.  So lets say the last time they ate was at lunch around noon because they then had to get ready and head to the venue early enough to get seats. Then they sit through a 30 minute ceremony. By the time they get to cocktail hour they will probably be really hungry and thirsty, and there is nothing there for them except little games for an entire hour and a half.  At least having a heads up about the gap would be nice, but having snacks and at least non-alcoholic drinks would really help.

Post # 11
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

@ju5tdance:  I think you’ll be fine. Really, But, if your’e doing a first look, you could totally do most of the picture before the ceremony. We did all the couple pictures, bridal party pictures and immediated family pictures (with all the varried version of the immediate family that you need) all before the ceremony. So during cocktail hour we only had to do the big group photos. It worked out great for us!

 

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

@ju5tdance:  That looks great!!  I’m hypoglycemic, so I always want to know when food is coming so I don’t pass out 😉

Post # 13
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Busy Beekeeper

I would rather do a drink or two  during the cocktail hour and then maybe a wine or champagne tast to the tables during the reception than what you propose.  I’ve been to weddings that had an open cocktail hour that closed as people were escorted into the reception, and I’ve also seen trays of a signature drink or wine during that time, but never one where guests were asked to pay at a privately hosted social event. 

Post # 16
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

@ju5tdance:  I stash granola bars EVERYWHERE- purse, gym bag, desk, car… LOL!

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