Post # 1
I’m having hosted bar during cocktail hour from 6-7pm.
Reception is from 7-11pm.
I’m thinking of having wine and soft/juices only during dinner and then having hosted bar open after for two hours.
I can’t afford to have it open the whole time. The only other option is to have it open from 6-9pm but I don’t know if people actually will drink during dinner and if it will be worth the money.
What do you think?
Post # 3
You can definitely do that!! We are having an open bar for the whole night except during dinner, when they are doing a wine pour but the bar is closed. So it’s open for cocktails (6:00-7:00) then for the reception until dinner (probably 7:00-8:00) and then after dinner (9:00-11:00). It’s not going to save us a ton of money to close it for an hour or two and give everyone wine, but it’s what our wedding coordinator and the 5-star hotel recommended so I think it’s definitely ok to do!
Post # 4
I think that’s fine, especially since you’re having wine service with dinner. Hardly anyone gets up to get drinks during dinner, so if you need to save money, I think this definitely makes sense. I think people would much rather have the open bar until 10 than until 9. That’s pretty early to close it.
Post # 5
We are also planning to have just wine/soft drinks during dinner. We are also going to have our DJ annouce that they will be closing the bar during dinner so anyone that does want something different has a chance to get it before they close up.
Post # 6
Thanks for the feedback everyone!
I think we will go with this route.
What is the best way to communicate this? on the menu card or dj announcement or both?
Here’s what I was going to write on the menu:
Please enjoy wine, soft drinks and juices during dinner.
Hosted bar from 8:30pm-10:30pm.
Post # 7
I think that’s fine! People usually aren’t up and at the bar while they’re eating anyway.
Post # 8
At the venue where we are getting married, they ALWAYS close the bar during dinner, and just have wine on the tables, so I think this is pretty standard, and you shouldn’t worry about it! 🙂
Post # 9
I think you’d be fine closing the bar during dinner. Your menu phrasing is good, too.
Post # 10
As long as people have a chance to grab something for the toasts!