Post # 1
I’m new here! recently engaged!! 🙂
i have a question, thought you guys could help me out!
for the reception we are having the basic alcohol package (beer,wine, soft drinks) but we have two choices for open bar
1. open bar for the whole reception.
2. open bar for the last 2.5 hours of the reception.
so my question is has anyone had a open bar for the whole night or been to a wedding that did? was it worth it? did people actually drink a lot at the beginning?
Thank you in advance for your reply! 🙂
Post # 3
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
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
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
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
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 # 9
Thank you all!! i’ve actually only ever been to 1 wedding that was open bar.. and that was fun 🙂 i’m convinced ! whole night it is!! thanks again everyone!!! =)
Post # 10
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
We did open bar up until the last 30 minutes – my father was really concerned about making sure everyone sobered up before leaving. 🙂
Post # 12
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
We had full open bar for the whole night, but we provided transportation to ease our minds about potential drunk driving.
Post # 14
Entire night! You’ll get some angry guests if it’s towards the end of the reception.
Post # 15
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.
Post # 16
all good points! i actually hadnt thought of people driving after trying to drink as much as possible the last 2.5 hours!! =/ very good point!