(Closed) Help with Reception… keeping the party upbeat

posted 11 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
53 posts
Worker bee

My Fiance and I had this worry as well. Neither of our families are big partiers, but our friends are. We decided the best way to combat this was to have an afternoon reception and an after-party afterwards. This way all the non-partiers can get home before dark and the rest of us can have a good time by ourselves.

Because of the afternoon reception, we are not having an open bar. Our package includes a champagne toast and we are considering having a glass of wine served with the meal, but we feel that should be enough alcohol for the afternoon bunch.  

Post # 4
438 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2008

I don’t know why it is suddenly good etiquette to have an open bar.  I had never in my life been to a wedding that was open bar until after I had been engaged and have since been to one.  Yeah, its nice if you can afford it, but don’t worry about it.  We only had it because we had a minimum food & drink cost we had to meet, and we had a venue that supposedly fit double the amount of guests we had, so we had a ton of extras.  But the majority of our guests were shocked, and those who weren’t it was because we had already told them.  If you feel like you have to pay, stop reading those magazines and stuff!  If you really wanted to, you could just do open bar with beer and wine.

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