Post # 1
Trying to decide if a full bar is worth it. We are having our reception on a yacht between 4pm-7pm and since the reception ends early it seems like a bad idea to have an open bar.
Other options I had was to have champagne and wine on the yacht then stock up on Costco size bottles of liquor for the hotel room. Or go to the hotel bar and drink.
Also was thinking of having a mimosa bar instead of an open bar, or champagne bar with frozen fruit, or a signature drink.
I would love some ideas!
Post # 2
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
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
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
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
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
Or you could do beer/wine/signature cocktail if you want to save some money.
Post # 8
- 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
Do the open bar. I’d expect that on a yacht, and I’m pretty sure others would as well.
Post # 10
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
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 # 13
srancho : you make a good point and there will be food there. Thank you 🙂
Post # 14
Sunshine024 : I am afraid of getting an open bar and barely anyone drink. I want my monies worth 🙂
Post # 15
AnonBee2019 : more worried that if I get the open bar no one would drink because it’s early. Also, it’s per person for the bar no matter who is not drinking and about 50% don’t drink.