(Closed) Open bar advice please :)

posted 5 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

We had an open bar for the whole night, and people were at the bar constantly.  We had no issues with rowdiness or drunkeness, and definitely went through a lot of alcohol.  Personally, as a huge supporter of full open bars, I would go with option one and allow your guests the pleasure of getting whatever spirits they want, when they want it. 

Congratulations on your engagement, and welcome to the Hive! 

Post # 4
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

Do the whole event!

When people first get there, they’ll be looking for a drink to mingle with! And then something to have with dinner!

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I would do the entire reception, My family wouldn’t ever let me forget it if I didn’t. They like to eat drink and be merry:) 

Post # 6
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

I have never been to a wedding that did not have a full, premium, open bar. This question yields different answers depending on the region.

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I would do the whole night or the first 2.5 hours. It seems a bit odd to do it at the end because I feel like that could encourage drunk or buzzed driving.

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee

Whole night !

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

whole night for sure …. again its regional but for my family/friends its really the only way to go (though obviously if someone can’t afford it/doesn’t believe in drinking etc I wouldn’t refuse to go to their wedding over it)

 

In general people will drink most in the beginning during cocktail hour and then most people will slow down after dinner (older relatives etc) but if your crowd is more young adults and friends then it could end up heavier in the end

 

Post # 11
Hostess
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

We did open bar up until the last 30 minutes – my father was really concerned about making sure everyone sobered up before leaving. πŸ™‚

Post # 12
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

We’re doing a full open bar for the entire evening, but our guests don’t have to travel (the hotel, ceremony and reception are all at the same place).

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

We had full open bar for the whole night, but we provided transportation to ease our minds about potential drunk driving.

Post # 14
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Busy bee

Entire night! You’ll get some angry guests if it’s towards the end of the reception.

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I also think you should do the whole event! It’s so worth it… everyone likes to go to the bar at the beginning of an event. It will most likely dwindle off as everything comes to a close and people know that they will have to be driving soon.

 

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