Post # 1
We have a package deal at our venue that includes an open bar for the cocktail hour. Besides that, nothing is included for the reception. To save costs, we have decided to only have beer & wine for the reception.
Is it weird to have an open bar for only an hour, and then beer & wine for the reception? We DO NOT want a cash bar– so only beer and wine will be available. We were considering only having beer/wine for the cocktail hour as to not suddenly cut everyone off from an open bar when the reception starts. My mom made a good point today that it is a “cocktail” hour and no one should necessarily expect to have cocktails during the reception.
So what do you think?
Post # 3
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 # 4
Signature cocktails is another “package” type thing instead of beer & wine. It’s about the same price, but then beer & wine aren’t included with it.
They won’t give us a discount if we limit it to beer and wine during cocktail hour… although they did say the servers would pour wine for guests at the table (instaed of having to go to the bar in the other room) during the reception.
Post # 6
- 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
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
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 # 9
@starfish0116: Thanks for your input. Unfortunately a full open bar is out of our budget. We have also decided we do not want the signature drink option.
Another reason we are fine with beer/wine during reception is because we are having a Sunday evening reception. We do not think most people will want to drink that much (mainly strong drinks) as everyone will have work the next day.
Post # 10
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
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
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
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.
Post # 14
@TwoCityBride: sodas & iced tea will also be available at the bar (the whole night) so there should be something for everything. even alcoholics like wine, right? 😉