(Closed) open bar after dinner?

posted 8 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
1328 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

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
642 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

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
5889 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2012

that sounds perfect.  i would totally drink after dinner.

Post # 6
566 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I like your choice.  It gives people options!  I think people will appreciate an open bar after dinner.

Post # 7
769 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

Sounds good to me!

Post # 8
295 posts
Helper bee
  • 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
14494 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

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
1962 posts
Buzzing bee

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
1067 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

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
566 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

That sounds completely reasonable. Can you have pitchers of sangria on the tables as another option? Drinks and dancing go very nicely together.

Post # 14
1518 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

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
173 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

It’s nice to give people the option to drink after dinner.  I would definitely drink after dinner!

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