(Closed) Least amount of open bar time to not be tacky?

posted 5 years ago in Food
  • poll: LEAST amount of open bar time to not appear cheap, tacky etc.?!
    One hour open bar : (1 votes)
    3 %
    Two hours open bar : (16 votes)
    47 %
    Three hours open bar. : (12 votes)
    35 %
    Other - explain : (5 votes)
    15 %
  • Post # 6
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    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2013

    One hour for cocktails

    Post # 8
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I would just have the whole reception be cash, except for beer and wine if thate the situation.

    You said you’re covering beer and wine all night anyways, so just eliminate the “open” bar for part of the evening and leave it at that. I think that’s very fair.

    Then it’s not confusing to guests, and it’s simper and possibly cheaper for you.

     

    I think you’ll find that everyone will drink what’s free tho, so prepare to pay a good chunk of change on the beer and wine.

    Post # 10
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: November 2012

    Two hours.  I think that should cover cocktail and dinner.  I  see drinks as part of the meal so if it was me, I would cut it off right after.

    Post # 11
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    We will be having an open bar for beer only up until the time the dance starts (about 3.5 hours) or until the 3 kegs of beer run dry, whichever comes first. All other drinks are cash. But this is also the norm for weddings in my area, so that may not be too much help.

    Post # 12
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: March 2013

    +1 on what pp said – cocktail and dinner.so 2 hours minimum. preferably 3 😛

    Post # 13
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    Worker bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    We are only providing wine to go with meal and everything else (including beer) is cash bar. As a young couple (20 & 22) we simply can’t afford to pay for an open bar even if its for a limited amount of time. Plus going this route we hope that people won’t drink in excess. Everyone likes to have a good time but no one likes the overly drunk person ruining the party.

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