(Closed) Is 3 hour open bar enough???

posted 6 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Busy bee

Does it turn to cash bar afterwards or completely end?  If it goes completely away, I would say that’s definitely not enough time.  If it turns into a cash bar then that’s totally fine.

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

If it turns into cash after, I think it’s fine.  My reception was 5 and half hours and we had an open bar for 4 hours, it was fine.

Post # 6
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Busy bee

@RyanAndKristina2012:  Is there any way you can get the word out about cash bar for half the time?  Like through the grapevine, obviously don’t blast it on your website or anything.

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

For my group of guests, it wouldn’t be. But as long as it does turn into a cash bar, you should be fine. People by then are already tipsy and may not mind paying for it.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@RyanAndKristina2012:  Where I am, open bar is a standard. In fact, i’ve never been to a wedding that was a cash bar. From my perspective, which I know is different than others, 3 out of 7 hours seems strange. The way I see it, all or nothing. People either bring money and buy their own drinks for the entire thing, or it’s included. I would expect it would be confusing for guests, who have been drinking for 3 hours, to go get a round and have to pay for it. Additionally, i’d feel people wouldnt bring too much cash with them and be caught off guard. If it’s a cost problem, what about doing just wine/beer for the entire 7 hours? 

Post # 9
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Newbee

i like the beer wine bar idea and all other booze is cash only!

Post # 10
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I think how you have it setup is important.  We are also only having a 3 hour open bar but our schedule goes something like this:

5:30-6:30 – cocktail hour, open bar

6:30-8:30 – dinner, speeches, etc (wine served at table – maybe you could try this?) bar closed

8:30-10:30 – Open bar

Reception ends at 11:00, so last call for the bar is about 30 min before.

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@sfblondebee:  That looks like a fine schedule for it!

 

Funny story (kinda related): Fiance was the best man at his brothers wedding last year. They “paused” the open bar until after speeches/first dance (which makes sense, there were some really big booozers there). However, Fiance is very, very, very shy. Him giving the speech was a BIG DEAL. He was so nervous! So, Future Brother-In-Law and Fiance went to the bar to get a shot (of courage, naturally) before the speeches were delivered. The bartender and catering manager flat out refused and were incredibly rude. They kept saying it was out of “respect for the bride and groom”. You should have seen the look on their faces when Future Brother-In-Law said “I am the groom, and this is my best man, and i’m paying you a lot of money, so I would like two shots, please.”

 

Post # 12
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@kariface:  that’s nuts! At least the bartenders were doing what they were told right?! Did they end up giving him his shot?

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

@sfblondebee: Thats a great idea! 

I personally wouldn’t just do the 3 hours and then have it turn to cash. I would think that was weird…. especially for a 7 hour reception. Unless it was scheduled the way @sfblondebee suggested or something similar. 

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@MrsWBS:  Oh, you bet they did! It was ridiculous, because it was OBVIOUS Fiance and Future Brother-In-Law werent just “guests” – and the catering manager, who they had apparently had several meetings and interactions with (and whom Fiance had given an envelope with final payment + tip to about 30 minutes prior) was right there, giving them the “respect” line!

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

That is definitely way too short, maybe 4 at least. If you stick with 3 you definitely have to get word out about cash bar, I never go to weddings with money.

Post # 16
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Newbee

Where I live, cash bar is standard, but a lot of people still put it on their invitations.  Obviously that’s too late for you so I would probably just try to get the word out.  I don’t think that time frame is too short, but I also like the suggestion of having wine/beer free and hard alcohol cash.

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