(Closed) Cocktail Hour alcohol dilemma!

posted 7 years ago in Food
  • poll: Should we serve alcohol during "cocktail/refreshment" hour?
    Yes- pay the extra $3500 : (6 votes)
    26 %
    No- there will be alcohol for the rest of the night anyway : (17 votes)
    74 %
  • Post # 3
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: September 2012

    Go ahead, just don’t call it a cocktail hour 🙂  Think of a cute theme for food or snacks instead, and bill it as that!

    Post # 4
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    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

    $3500 for a 1 hour open bar seems ridiculous. How many guests are you having? Is it even possible for them to consume $3500 worth of drinks? 

    Post # 5
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    3942 posts
    Honey bee

    That seems ridiculously high. Most places have been quoting us $20/pp for an open bar (not top shelf liquor), and thats in the Boston area.

    Post # 7
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2012

    I think it would be weird to call it a cocktail hour and host it in a bar and not have alcohol. Maybe go with another space in the venue and call it a pre-reception or something. Or can you call it a Mocktail Hour and get them to do some cool fruity or frozen virgin drinks?

    Post # 8
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: October 2009

    The whole “alcohol free” wedding isn’t really an issue, I’ve been to plenty of weddings that were alcohol free – BUT, what I think is really the issue is that you are having your “pre reception” in a bar, but w/o drinks. I just think that is really quite odd….

    Since it is a bar, do the guests have an option of purchasing drinks?

    Post # 9
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    Worker bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    $5,000 is ridiculous, that said I can’t imagine a wedding without alcohol and my friends and family enjoy drinking, particularly during celebrations.  Of course if none of your friends or family drink, then you don’t need it! 

    If you do want to serve alcohol, maybe you should talk to them about just having select items, like a signature cocktail, and then just beer and wine. Maybe that would cut the costs.

    Post # 10
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    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

    I guess if you have $ in the budget, you could do it. But you could also do other options for less that could be just as fun. You’re getting married in January….. serve hot cocoa or cider or have a coffee bar (mmmmm… coffee). Alcohol isn’t a necessity, In My Humble Opinion.

    Post # 12
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    Honey bee

    I agree that you dont have to provide alcohol if its provided the rest of the night, especially if many dont drink. But assuming many do drink I would find it REALLY strange to hold it in a lounge or bar location and not provide anything. That is the point of a “cocktail” hour.   Can you just have the reception start later and let people know there is a lounge or bar they can kill time in if they need.

    Post # 13
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    I would negotiate with the venue. I do corporate events and I negotiate all the time. Ask about only serving beer and wine or paying on consumption instead of per person. Most places are more than willing to negotiate.

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