Post # 1
We have an all inclusive package which includes: cake, centerpieces/flowers, dinner, 6 free rooms…
It is for 5 hours (1 hr cocktail hr, 1 hr dinner, 3 hrs dancing) and 4 hours of open bar.
I have 2 things we are going back and forth on:
1. We can increase that to 5 out of 5 hours being open bar. The cost is $6.00 per person for this. Should we increase?
2. Is this long enough? We currently have a 5 hour dj so it works well but we could increase both.
Post # 3
In terms of your open bar, my instinct is that you shouldn’t have it be open bar for the full 5 hours – I would close the bar at the 4 or 4 1/2 hour mark, so people have a chance to sober up before the evening wraps up. But I do think it would be a nice gesture to have an open bar for most of the length of your reception.
In regards to the length of your reception, it sounds like a fine amount of time. Our wedding was 5 hours from start of ceremony to end of reception, and we were already exhausted when it was over!
Post # 4
Five hours is standard, so you’re okay. And, depending on how late your reception is, longer than that would be too exhausting to take a drive.
You may, at the last hour is have the venue whip up a wine punch so that people could wind down. Get some fun props for it and serve in martini glasses.