(Closed) Open Bar Only After Dinner? HELP

posted 9 years ago in Reception
Post # 19
8066 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

@caramellady:  Are you paying consumption for all of this then or a flat rate?  If you are paying consumption you might be better off actually offering beer and wine at dinner as some people might choose to drink beer (which would be cheaper) instead of the wine.

If you are having a full open bar…doesn’t that usually include wine as well as liquor?  I think I’m a little confused Smile

Post # 20
836 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

What about a limited open bar…  like vodka & rum drinks only along with Beer & Wine, this could lower the cost a little bit.  i am not a wine drinker at all.  I do agree with the open bar during cocktail hour though, for sure.  Then, if people (like me) aren’t wine drinkers, they can just take their 1 drink that they got from the open bar, to have with dinner.  Or what about serving your signature cocktail during dinner?


Just a thought! good luck.!



Post # 21
281 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

you will get varying opinions on here, as some it is customary to have open bar for everything and outside of the us, or in some smaller towns, it’s ok to have limited options or cash bar. I say, go with what you can do. I think your compromise sounds great! 🙂 

Post # 24
8066 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

@caramellady:  I would definitely consider offering beer then!  Since I’m assuming the beer will be…$3-$4 a glass?  I do know many people who would rather drink beer and that will save you money to offer it during dinner.  Otherwise people that might have drank beer are forced to drink the more expensive wine!  You could consider offering the beer during cocktail hour too (I dont’ know how much you are paying for the signature drink) if it is the same as your signature drink because it would give people more options.

ETA: sounds like a good idea!

Post # 25
1875 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I think what you described in your OP would be fine!  I think it’s better to have an open bar AFTER dinner since not everyone comes for cocktail hour.  Plus, it would be really confusing to guests if you start with a full open bar, then reduce it later – they will wonder where all of their options went.

I also suggest offering beer during cocktail hour and dinner as not everyone is a wine or fruity-drink drinker.  And as a PP pointed out, offering beer might help lower costs since there would be people who would drink beer and not wine.


ETA: Just saw your update – sounds like a good plan!

Post # 26
7111 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

I think you plan sounds fine. My only suggestion would be to add in beer as it is likely to be less expensive than the wine and some people prefer beer to wine!

Post # 28
197 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

“The venue is at a private dinner club, so they try to be more fancy by offering more expensive wine. It’s the general manager who doesn’t want them to bring in wine that costs less than $28 a bottle, which I think is rediculous. But what are you going to do?”

@caramellady:  you’re paying them to use their facility for your event. they should be willing to wiggle a little bit to meet your budget needs, especially since your guests aren’t attending the supper club to scope it out. they’re not gonna care about how expensive seeming the wine is.  talk to the manager.  Be assertive. you’re their customer. not the other way around. oh and if the manager won’t budge, ask to speak with the owner.

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