(Closed) Completely closing the bar during dinner?

posted 6 years ago in Reception
  • poll: When is the best time to close the "open" bar?
    During dinner (and reopen after) : (35 votes)
    54 %
    At 8:30 (One hour before reception ends completely) : (12 votes)
    18 %
    Have reception start @ 5 so the bar wouldn't close until 9, Keep open during dinner : (10 votes)
    15 %
    One hour cash bar at some point (when?) : (5 votes)
    8 %
    Other (please explain!) : (1 votes)
    2 %
    Results! : (2 votes)
    3 %
  • Post # 3
    5892 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: October 2010

    My cousin closed it during dinner. Everyone is eating so no need to pay for the drinks. However, please let everyone know it is going to be closed (her’s went to cash bar for that hour) so they can get a drink to have with dinner.

    Post # 5
    7560 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: January 2013

    We closed the bar during dinner and I didn’t hear any complaints. There was ample time before dinner (during the cocktail hour) to grab a drink though. 

    Post # 6
    12247 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: May 2013

    I would close the bar during dinner, but be sure that the DJ gives a 15 minute warning before it closes!

    Post # 7
    5892 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: October 2010

    @Ms.Sugarsnap:  Either the DJ or just word of mouth. 

    Post # 8
    4272 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: April 2012

    I have been to a few weddings where they had closed it during dinner.

    Post # 9
    2640 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2014 - Italian Villa

    Every wedding I’ve been to, people did the majority of drinking AFTER dinner. So I would keep it open until 8:30 if you can. Generally there’s not tons of time between the ceremony and dinner, and then people dance/party after dinner.

    Post # 11
    8695 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2013

    I would close it during dinner if I had to. I’m in Nj and I have never ever been to a cash bar wedding.

    Post # 12
    1466 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: March 2012 - Father's Vineyard Church/ A Touch of Class Banquet Center

    I have been to several weddings there they have closed the bar during dinner and no one really seems to mind. I would probably do it that way!

    Post # 14
    1299 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    it’s very typical for an open bar to be closed during dinner hour.

    Post # 15
    8695 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2013

    @Ms.Sugarsnap:  Technically, yes. However, I wouldnt bat an eye at it being closed while people are expected to sit for a little while and eat.

    Post # 16
    112 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    Our bar will be closed during dinner, but during that time there will still be wine service tableside as well as the champagne toast.

    I enjoy cocktails, so I was apprehensive about this, but I’m ok with it knowing there will still be some type of booze available.

    My friends are pros….they will have no problem hitting up the bar to replenish prior to dinner 😉

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