(Closed) Cocktail Hour alcohol dilemma!

posted 9 years ago in Food
  • poll: Should we serve alcohol during "cocktail/refreshment" hour?

    Yes- pay the extra $3500

    No- there will be alcohol for the rest of the night anyway

  • Post # 16
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    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I wouldn’t worry about it. I think their price is outrageous-almost as if they have set it high to act as a deterrent.

    I would definitely think of something else to call the time period, rather than cocktail hour.

    Some options:

    Social,

    reception at 5, dinner at 6

    Please join us for appetizers and refreshments at four pm.  Reception will promptly follow at five.

     

    As far as hosting it in the bar without alcohol, that wouldn’t bother me at all. Many hotels rent out their bars as meeting or social rooms during the day. Does the bar have a name? If it’s The Lookout Bar, for example, just call it the  Lookout on your invitations. Guests will have enough information to find it .

    Post # 17
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 2009

    They won’t just let people order there own drinks if they want to?  That would be more money for them wouldn’t it?  I can imagine it costing a certain amount to have a bartender, but that couldn’t be more than $200 or so.

    If your friends don’t really drink though, I don’t think it’s a big deal not to have alcohol.  It totally depends on the population…

    Post # 18
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    Can’t you p[ay for the recpetion hour out of pocket, and that way it’s win win for everyone?

    Post # 19
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    There is no way in this world I would pay $5,000.00 for ONE HOUR of alcohol, whether I had the money or not.

    Definitely negotiate with the venue if it’s important to you. If not, do as PP’s sad, coffee, hot chocolate — all of that sounds so fun and unique!

    Post # 21
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    Newbee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    That’s a lot of money for a small amount of time. I’m doing an open bar for the first hour then we will have 2 bottles of wine at each table, plus well be toasting. I feel that I don’t want a bunch of drunk people at me wedding. If they want more drinks after the open bar hour they are more than welcome to purchase their own. I know you shouldn’t have a cash bar but it’s my wedding and we’re paying for all this. We had a package deal with ours. So maybe you can look into that. 

    Post # 21
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    Newbee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    That’s a lot of money for a small amount of time. I’m doing an open bar for the first hour then we will have 2 bottles of wine at each table, plus well be toasting. I feel that I don’t want a bunch of drunk people at me wedding. If they want more drinks after the open bar hour they are more than welcome to purchase their own. I know you shouldn’t have a cash bar but it’s my wedding and we’re paying for all this. We had a package deal with ours. So maybe you can look into that. 

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