(Closed) Bar outside reception room

posted 6 years ago in Etiquette
  • poll: What do you think?
    It's nice having it outside the reception room bc ppl like having somewhere else to go : (11 votes)
    29 %
    It should be fine outside reception room : (12 votes)
    32 %
    Set up a bar in reception room so people aren't hanging out in the lounge and missing reception : (14 votes)
    37 %
    Choose diff venue : (1 votes)
    3 %
  • Post # 3
    2281 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    Actually, the more you can do to keep people mobile at any party – give them things to walk to and from – the better the party’s energy will be. So it’s fine to have the bar in a separate room or area.

    Post # 4
    3885 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    Unless it’s a very small reception, I’m all for having a second bar. People tend to linger at the bars, and to be honest a lot of the catering-provided bartenders are not professional bartenders, so they’re slow as molasses. If you can fit two bars, go for it.

    Post # 5
    9139 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

    I like the idea of having it outside, especially if you’re being budget concious.  Having it outside should somewhat slow down the speed of consumption for a portion of the guests since they will have to leave the super fun reception area to get a drink.

    Post # 6
    2580 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I think it wouldn’t be an issue either way, unless it was a long trek. We had two bars, one in the cocktail area during cocktail hour and another set up in the reception room and it worked well.

    Post # 8
    635 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    Make sure your DJ gives just a bit of extra time between announcements and major events in case there are people waiting outside the room for drinks who want to see the cake cutting/bouqet toss/etc. 

    Post # 9
    3618 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 2011

    In our circle of friends everyone is at the bar 85% of the reception time socializing. So if it’s in a different room they would miss a lot of your reception.

    Post # 10
    1304 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    I went to a wedding that was set up like that.  It was totally fine.  I barely noticed.  It was actually nice to have a quieter place right outside the reception if you wanted a break from the dj.  I wound up having a nice chat with the FOG during my trip to the bar.

    Post # 11
    150 posts
    Blushing bee

    i agree with ElbieKay that it is a nice break from the potentially loud music, and it’s easy to park yourself in a chair at a reception iof you don’t know many people. mamking them walk into the other room should encourage more socialization.

    Post # 12
    7901 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

    As long as the lounge is close by, I think that is better. We had ours on the veranda just off our reception room, which is also where the cocktail hour was, so the bar didn’t have to move and there was no break in service. I liked it that way.

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