Open Bar Problems: Here’s How You Can Control Drunk Guests


One of the things many people get excited about on weddings is open bar. Yes, there are actually a number of people who look forward to getting a lot of free drinks at your wedding. While this is something you can typically expect from guests, you can control the amount of alcohol they consume. This is particularly true if you are worried about anyone acting drunk or damaging the venue.

Here are a few tips on how you can avoid drunk guests at your wedding:

Limited Bar HoursAn open bar is like an open invitation to get drunk. If you have a lot of friends who are looking forward to this, you need to make sure that you set a limit on the time that the bartender will be giving out free drinks. When you want to limit the open bar hours, you can follow one of two options:

  • At the start of the dinner reception, you can have the bar opened for a brief time. Throughout dinnertime, the bar can be closed. Once your guests are done eating dinner, that’s the time you can have the bar reopened.
  • You can also have the bar opened only for 2-4 hours during the reception. Usually receptions don’t last more than 6 hours so this is a good option to choose.

Limited Selections- If you can’t control the time your open bar will be available, you can certainly limit the alcohol options that your guests will have. Instead of serving expensive brands, you can tell your bartender to serve local alternatives and just produce mixed drinks. This way, your guests won’t have to keep ordering something that’s too expensive.

Apart from controlling people, you can save a lot of money when you don’t exceed your open bar budget.

The Black Horse Inn is a perfect location for a dinner reception where you can set up an open bar. Call us today to find out more about celebrating wedding reception with us.


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