(Closed) Cocktail hour… different drinks than reception?

posted 6 years ago in Reception
  • poll: What should we provide our guests with?
    Open bar cocktail hour, followed by beer & wine reception : (24 votes)
    75 %
    Only beer & wine for cocktail hour & reception : (8 votes)
    25 %
  • Post # 3
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    1252 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 2011

    Hmmmm this is a tough one, can you compromise by having just beer and wine + one or two signature cocktails for the entire evening?  It would be nice to offer more than beer and wine during cocktail hour since it is inlcuded, but I think guests could get confused when it switches to beer and wine only.  Or would the venue be willing to give you a discount if you limit it to beer and wine during coktail hour?

    Post # 6
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    7904 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

    I’ve been to a wedding with open cocktail hour and beer and wine after. It was lovely.

    Post # 7
    Member
    221 posts
    Helper bee

    I think this is totally fine! I would very happy to have a cocktail like a martini etc. to start the night and then be perfectly content with wine for the rest of the evening!

    Post # 8
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    6537 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I’ll be the disenting voice, I think it would be really strange to have full bar at cocktail hour and not during dinner. I think it should be all or nothing. I know you said there is no discount if you don’t use it, but I would ask what your options are. How much additional would it be to have full bar for the remainder of the reception? I would probably skip a signature drink, because honestly, I think they’re a waste. All the weddings I’ve been to that had them, no one ever drank them – even if it was beer/wine only and that was their only liquor option. It could also be because pick usually pick things that “match” the decor of their wedding, and not necessarily something that tastes all that great.

    Post # 10
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    3175 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    I think it would be fine. I would much prefer to be offered full bar for an hour (if it costs nothing extra to you) than not at all! I wonder how they indicate that to guests (i.e. that “full open bar” will only be for an hour)

    Post # 11
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    516 posts
    Busy bee

    I’m with les105- a short open bar is better than no open bar!

    Plus, narrowing it down to beer and wine for dinner keeps the real drunks from going overboard. 

    I think it’s a great idea!

    Post # 12
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    287 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2012

    I also think that it is better to have the 1 hr open bar, after all, you are paying for it! I don’t think anyone will complain, and if they do they are jerks because even if it is just beer and wine, it’s FREE.

     

    Post # 13
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    3569 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    I think it’s perfectly fine. It’s a clever way to have several types of drinks at a price you can afford! I’ve also been to several weddings where the bar was closed during dinner. Have a pitcher of punch on table for those who don’t like wine or beer. A lot of people are setting up their bars in different ways to save money and still have options for the guest.

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