(Closed) Cocktail hour alternatives?

posted 10 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
1927 posts
Buzzing bee

People can’t get too drunk in an hour! This is what I would do.  Have the bar open for cocktail hour from 5:30-6:30. Then close the bar during dinner to allow people to eat and fill their stomachs with something other than booze.  Then reopen the bar from 8-11 (and have it closed for the last hour).  Then people aren’t drinking the whole night through.  And closing the bar early means people have a chance to sober up before driving home.   And, you’ve only used the 4 hours so you’re not paying extra.

Post # 4
611 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I would just have a signature cocktail.  Plus that way you know how much alcohol is in each drink.  I also like Moose1209’s option.  Having the bar closed an hour before the night ends is a good way to get people to sober up and to let them know that the night is winging down. 

Post # 5
53 posts
Worker bee

If I had to choose paying for an open bar during cocktail hour or the final hour – I would choose the final hour.  I think during the cocktail hour more people will be drinking.  It’s beginning of the night and those who will only drink 1 or 2 drinks will probably get one during cocktail hour.  Also, those older guests – who may not last until midnight, will be drinking in the beginning and maybe won’t be there later.  Our venue luckily had a price per person with drinks included that covered the whole night! 



Post # 6
429 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

We’re giving our bartenders headshots of my Future Mother-In-Law with strict instructions to water down the drinks.

LOL I thought I’d add a little humor to the thread…although we have seriously discussed this, as we have some ‘potential’ drunkards in attendance.

Post # 7
2495 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: January 1991

I think that if you are that concerned about that many people, I would definitely go with Moose’s suggestion.  Close the bar during dinner, and maybe strictly instruct your bartender to not serve alcohol to anyone who seems inebriated.  I think most places have policies like this in place anyway.

Post # 8
232 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Depends on the number of folks, but we had folks that got quite tipsy within the first 2 hours, they had to go home early.  If you have food and things are spread out enough, then you should be okay.  If anything (and I had this discussion with one of my bar tenders), simply make sure the drinks aren’t too strong, that’ll avoid getting liquored up so quickly.

Post # 9
1675 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I’m instructing the bar to not serve shots.  I don’t think shots are appropriate at a wedding, and I don’t want my guests getting wasted… although I do want them to have a good time.  Other than that, I like Moose’s suggestion…

Post # 11
13094 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

I’d check with your venue about if you are even allowed to keep the bar open all the way until midnight.  Many places require you to close down the bar X amount of time before the end of an event for safety reasons (giving people some time without alcoholic drinks to sober up some – not that I think your guests are going to drive drunk or anything).

I think you could just have punch, lemonade, pop, water, etc during the first hour, but you can’t really call it a cocktail hour if you aren’t serving cocktails! Wink

Post # 12
1752 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Yeah, you could do a signature cocktail that has very little alcohol in it.

Hopefully people won’t pound alcohol in the first hour!!!

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