Post # 1
Ok hive, I need some insight here.
We are trying to avoid spending an arm and a leg on alcohol. During our cocktail hour, guests will have sangria along with the appetizers (my venue recommends two glasses per person). When the official reception begins, there will be a champange toast. Also, red and white wine will be served during dinner.
So here’s the deal, can we keep the open bar closed until after dinner and then open it up for the dancing portion? Would you drink after dinner? Or would you be too full that you wouldn’t want to? Is it weird to have the bar closed until after dinner?
Please advise. Thanks a million!
Post # 3
If we were having alcohol, we were planning on closing the bar after dinner. Just because I’d want people to “sober down” before they drive home.
I don’t think it’d be weird to close it during dinner, but to each their own!
Post # 4
I actually think that is the way most venues do the bar packages anyway. Usually it’s full open bar for cocktail hour, wine/beer/champagne/soda for dinner, and full open bar resumes after dinner. What you are doing sounds perfectly fine to me!
Post # 5
that sounds perfect. i would totally drink after dinner.
Post # 6
I like your choice. It gives people options! I think people will appreciate an open bar after dinner.
Post # 8
- Wedding: October 2010 - The Atlantic Beach Club
We are closing the bar during dinner , too! I was wondering the same thing if it would seem strange.
Post # 9
I think that would be fine, my only question is are you only serving sangria during cocktail hour? If you are might I suggest offering something without juice. Personally I don’t like sangria and would kind of be lost if that were the only offering. Maybe they would be willing to serve the wines used to make the sangrias at the same price.
Post # 10
I think closing the bar during dinner is fine. Prepare nice signs to place on the bar so people have somewhat of a warning and don’t chew out bartenders for not serving them.
Post # 11
Hey, your plan is almost exactly like mine!!! We are doing hosted beer and wine during cocktail hour, hosted wine (red & white) at dinner, and at 8:30 once dinner is open 2 hours of hosted bar including mixed drinkd and shots (2hrs is included in our package). We may even add one more hour to the hosted bard.
As to not confuse guests I am going to post this at the bar in a nice frame.
Post # 12
That sounds completely reasonable. Can you have pitchers of sangria on the tables as another option? Drinks and dancing go very nicely together.
Post # 13
thanks for the feedback ladies. I feel alot more comfortable about the setup now!
Post # 14
This is exactly what we did and it worked out well. We had a champagne reception before the ceremony then the ceremony and dinner. At dinner we just had red and white wine. Then we moved to the dancing area and had wine, beer and specialty drinks. I think people are more likely to want a cocktail drink (something other than wine or beer) either before or after dinner anyways- not as likely to drink them while eating!
Post # 15
It’s nice to give people the option to drink after dinner. I would definitely drink after dinner!