(Closed) Hosted bar closed during dinner?

posted 6 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
5001 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

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
2214 posts
Buzzing bee

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
214 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

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 # 7
10453 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2014

I think that’s fine! People usually aren’t up and at the bar while they’re eating anyway. 

Post # 8
1572 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

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
187 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

I think you’d be fine closing the bar during dinner.  Your menu phrasing is good, too.  

Post # 10
10600 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

As long as people have a chance to grab something for the toasts!

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