Post # 1
Is this a normal practice? Our venue suggested doing that for our 5/5.5 hr reception with our four hour unlimited open bar… I know some venues offer red & white wine during this time but this is unfortunately not be an option for us and we really don’t want to do an hour based on consumption because of a lot of weird corkage/bartender/misc. fees etc. associated with it and my family is Irish and likes their free booze….
Since our ceremony begins at 2 and will end by 2:30/2:45 at the latest, we figured the latest we could do the cocktail hour is 4:30 (most guests live local or will be staying at local hotels and will need to check in at 3 pm), which would end with our reception by 9:30/10. We would need to either close the bar during dinner or at 8:30 to keep the open bar to 4 hours with our current timeline… Which is better? :-/ I’m so conflicted!
Post # 3
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 # 4
@KoiKove: Would you have the DJ announce that it is closing before dinner?
Post # 5
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
I would close the bar during dinner, but be sure that the DJ gives a 15 minute warning before it closes!
Post # 7
@Ms.Sugarsnap: Either the DJ or just word of mouth.
Post # 8
I have been to a few weddings where they had closed it during dinner.
Post # 9
- 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 # 10
PS We have a shuttle to bring people to and from after party bars down the street from one of the hotel accomodations so even if the reception ends at 9:30/10 the party will not stop! 🙂
Post # 11
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
- 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 # 13
@gelaine22: Well I don’t want a cash bar, but technically if I closed it during dinner wouldn’t it become cash automatically if someone tried to get a drink during dinner?
Post # 14
it’s very typical for an open bar to be closed during dinner hour.
Post # 15
@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
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 😉