(Closed) Bar options for reception

posted 4 months ago in Reception
  • poll: Full bar during early reception
    Open bar at reception : (30 votes)
    60 %
    Champagne/wine/ beer at reception : (14 votes)
    28 %
    No bar at reception : (0 votes)
    Champagne bar/mimosa/signature drink etc : (6 votes)
    12 %
  • Post # 2
    44 posts
    • Wedding: July 2016

    I think if I was attending a wedding on a yacht, I’d expect a full open bar, because it all sounds so fancy!  I think people will drink responsibly, or as responsibly as if they were going out on the town for 4 hours. Plus I assume you’ll have food.  

    Post # 3
    441 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2018

    I agree with pp, the yacht setting gives the impression that an open full bar will be available.  However, if this doesn’t match with your pockets, I don’t think it would be devastating if you offered wine and a signature drink with guests having the option to buy alternative drinks.    The key is to offer at least one alcohol option for your guests to enjoy without them having to pay.  I always lean toward offering a full open bar but I do recognize that it isn’t always financially viable. 

    Post # 4
    2917 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2018

    futuremrskll :  I wouldn’t do a mimosa/champagne bar since you’re having an evening reception. 

    I’d probably do beer/wine/signature cocktail

    Post # 5
    1050 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2019

    I think providing an open bar for a 3-hour reception is reasonable. Much more affordable than providing one for a traditional 6+ hour one, and I think it’s a nice courtesy to your guests. Many people will have a hard time getting very drunk in 3 hours, so I wouldn’t worry too much about that.

    Post # 6
    7442 posts
    Busy Beekeeper

    futuremrskll :  do the open bar. Boat weddings (while awesome!) basically trap guests until you get back to the dock – host your hostages properly! 

    Post # 7
    2462 posts
    Buzzing bee

    Open bar.

    Or you could do beer/wine/signature cocktail if you want to save some money.

    Post # 8
    617 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2018 - City, State

    Mimosas are a morning food – scratch that idea (unless you mean sangria?). Personally I think an open bar is ideal, but going beer/wine or beer/wine/signature cocktail works too.

    Post # 9
    2552 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2018

    Do the open bar. I’d expect that on a yacht, and I’m pretty sure others would as well.

    Post # 10
    1874 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: March 2019

    I would also expect an open bar on a yacht! It sounds like fun! My brother did not do an open bar, just beer/wine and I was shocked how many people didn’t drink either.

    Post # 11
    740 posts
    Busy bee

    What exactly are you worried about with the open bar? Is it the cost or that people will get too drunk?

    An open bar is always the best choice in all scenarios if it’s do-able, if it’s not, wine/beer/sig cocktail is fine. Mimosa bar would be weird for a cocktail-style afternoon reception. Are you serving dinner?

    Post # 12
    558 posts
    Busy bee

    always open bar 🙂 

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