(Closed) Day-of timeline…need a lot of help.

posted 9 years ago in Logistics
Post # 3
5839 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2011

I’d expect cocktail hour to have alcohol for the duration. Is there any way you can shut the bar down for 30 minutes post cocktail hour? Thats what my venue suggested we do since everyone is migrating/finding their seat and won’t be looking for the bar anyway. FWIW I don’t think 6pm is late at all for dinner.

Post # 4
2825 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

Can you hire the bartender for another half an hour?  That seems silly to change the whole day around just for a half an hour…  He can stop serving alcohol at 10:30 to start getting people out of there by 11 when the reception officially ‘ends”… if that makes sense.

Post # 5
7172 posts
Busy Beekeeper

It’s vital, IMO, that you serve drinks when the cocktail hour begins.

It’s not abnormal for the bar to close before the wedding ends – ie:  my wedding the bar HAD to close one hour prior to the end of the event.

Start the cocktail hour at 4pm (when the cocktail hour begins) and have it end at 10pm.  Have your DJ announce last call shortly before the bar closes.  Everyone will have had PLENTY to drink by then!!

Post # 6
4594 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

I would suggest trying to hire the bartender for 30 minutes extra.  Or as PPs have said, try and split the time.  Or, close the bar early; I think it’s fine to have last orders 30minutes to an hour before the party winds up.  It means people can finish their drinks in leisure.

Post # 8
4594 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

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@Kant:  Have you asked them what other couples do?  You can’t be the only ones who have come across this problem.

Post # 9
2104 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

6 pm is not late AT ALL for dinner. Most people don’t eat until around then (I used to work at a restaurant in college).  We’re starting dinner at 7-7:15.  Remember- guests will be eating food during the cocktail hour as well. 

Post # 10
337 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

My dinner starts at 8pm so I don’t think a 6pm dinner is late at all. I do think you should have the bar open for all of the cocktail hour, and just have a “last call” when the bar shuts down for the night….by then, people will have been drinking all night, so they probably won’t miss it as the night winds down?

Post # 11
6 posts
  • Wedding: December 2003

I would push everything back. 6pm is not late for dinner, especially in the summer. From my perspective, you may run into issue when it’s time to take photographs. June in PA sunset won’t be until about 8:25, so just be aware and speak with your photographer if you want to take advantage of some gorgeous sunset shots.

Post # 12
14055 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Is there any way you can pay overtime to the bartenders to do an extra half an hour?  I think it’s inappropriate to have a cocktail hour without offering any sort of alcohol, but shortening the reception isn’t ideal.  A 6 pm dinner isn’t late at all, so I wouldn’t be concerned about that.

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