Worried of open bar closing too early?

posted 3 months ago in Reception
Post # 2
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2018

I think that rather than switching to a cash bar for the last hour, you should just close the bar completely for the last hour.  I really don’t think that $15 a person is worth a half hour.  Not many people can drink $15 worth of alcohol in a half hour anyways.

Post # 3
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Blushing bee

Are the other two hours during cocktails? Can you make it 1 .5 hrs before dinner and 1.5 hrs after?

 

Post # 4
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Bumble bee

I wouldn’t add an hour if you only actually get half an hour. Will they adjust the price since you are only actually getting 30m? 

I’m also confused on your timeline, are you doing a 3h cocktail ‘hour’, wine service at dinner and then 1 hour of dancing after dinner? 

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2017 - historical mansion

BostonBride0917 :  See if you can negotiate with the venue. Would you have to pay $15pp for a half hour of open bar? That seems high. If you can talk them down a bit, it might be worth it. 

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2017 - Poppy Ridge Golf Course

$15 pp seems high for a half hour so I would see if you can negotiate like pp suggested. Also a bit confused on your timeline. Are you saying that there will be open bar until dinner, wine and champagne through dinner service and then no alcohol during the last hour? If so I’m not sure if its the general norm but the few weddings I’ve attended seemed like most drinks were consumed after dinner, especially if there was dancing through the night. So does your reception basically end after dinner?

Post # 7
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Helper bee

As a guest, I would be pretty pissed if the bar closed early unless the servers kept the wine flowing.

Post # 8
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Busy bee

Just curious, why are you switching to wine/champ during dinner? As a beer drinker, I wouldn’t want to move to wine. I would think there would be a higher chance of feeling sick. 

Post # 9
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Newbee

Personally I think if you are going to have an open bar you should just either have it the whole night or not at all. The last hour I would negotiate it down because by the end of the night everyone will have drank so much theyll each have one MAYBE two. You dont want the party to die down and people get bored at the end though!

Post # 11
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2017 - Poppy Ridge Golf Course

Got it. I don’t see how it would be a lot for servers to take specific drink orders during dinner…I’m sure they have plenty of experience with this. I would either have open bar for the entire event or consider shortening the event to 4 hours since thats when the bar would close. Seems like it could be awkward to continue a full hour after closing the bar but idk. 

Post # 12
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2017

Would you be able to just pay for consumption that last hour? We found that it was cheaper to have a consumption bar vs an open bar when half of our guest don’t drink. That should work for 30 minutes.

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