Post # 1
My reception room does not have the bar set up… It will be in the cocktail lounge which is outside of the reception room. A bar could be set up in the reception room but apparently when that’s been done in the past, people still tend to go to the main bar outside the reception room
What are your thoughts on this?
Post # 3
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
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
- 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
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 # 7
It’s not a long trek at all! It’s literally in the room right across from the reception. I never thought about the benefits budget wise but that’s true!
Post # 8
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
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
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
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
- 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.