Weddings are about love, but they are also an awesome party. At the reception, you kick things into high gear with great food, dancing and of course, an open bar. However, when it comes to the bar things can get tricky. You want everyone to indulge, but not to the point where they're making a spectacle and ruining your day.
Serve Dinner First
The less food everyone has in their system, the more likely they are to get drunk. If you serve dinner before the open bar, you can ensure everyone has a full stomach before they start enjoying cocktails and other beverages. If you're hosting an evening wedding and you will also be hosting a cocktail hour, make sure you have ample supply of hors d'oeuvres so that your guests aren't drinking on an empty stomach.
Keep The Cocktail Hour Light
In addition to a plethora of food choices, it's also good to keep the liquor selection during the cocktail hour on the lighter side. Hold the hard stuff until after the reception program. You and your partner can design your own custom cocktails and have them be the only alcoholic beverage available during the cocktail hour. You can create them with just a small amount of alcohol, or none at all.
Let The Music Pump
Ensure you're keeping the party going. The more you can keep everyone active and on the dance floor, the less likely they are to over indulge and ruin your special day. An entertaining DJ or live band will keep everyone's focus and keep them out of their seats. The idea behind this is that everyone will be too busy having fun to even think about drinking too much.
Plan A Two-Parter
Sometimes, a couple will be concerned about their guests drinking too much when there will be small children around. This is an understandable request. If you know you have a party crowd, but you will also have a lot of children in attendance, consider planning a two-parter. For example, maybe the first hour of the reception will be for everyone and the last two hours be for adults only. This way, everyone can let their hair down and you don't have to worry about it.
From the dress to a venue like Deer Tail Lodge, LLC, to the table settings to the lighting, you and your partner have planned every aspect of this special day. Make sure your guests are having fun and enjoying the open bar, but not crashing your day.