So, the wedding bells have chimed, the ceremony is over, now it’s time to party! You want your guests to have a blast during your reception, but you don’t want things to get out of hand. After all, you want this to be a night they’ll never forget and not a blur they’ll never remember!
Here are a couple of tips to ensure that your guests don’t go overboard during your reception:
1. Have a Limited Open Bar (or none at all!)
If you are concerned that your guests would partake in a few too many complimentary shots, consider limiting your open bar options to just beer and wine. You could even forgo an open bar altogether if you prefer and hand out a limited number of drink tokens to each guest (again valid for just wine and beer).
2. Tasty Mocktails!
One great way to encourage your guests to drink less alcohol is to provide some delicious non-alcoholic alternatives. Work with the venue to create a signature mocktail that everyone will be dying to try!
3. Fill everyone’s Stomachs
Ensure that your guests have plenty of food to eat in order to avoid them drinking on an empty stomach. This may mean that you need to provide snacks throughout the night after the main meal is over.
4. Cut-Off Point
Consider having a set time at which the bar will stop serving free drinks (or potentially stop serving any alcoholic drinks at all), perhaps a couple of hours before everything winds down.
5. Designated Sober Guests
If you have guests coming who do not drink alcohol, you could potentially enlist them to help spot anyone who is over-indulging. Of course you don’t want to ruin their night by burdening them with looking after other guests, but a simple heads up that some guests should not be served any more alcohol could go a long way!
6. No Bar Service During Dinner
A great way to make sure that guests will stay at their tables and not spend all their time running up and down to the bar during dinner is to open the bar later on in the evening. You can still provide a couple of bottles of wine for each table to ensure everyone will have something to drink. This will also have the added bonus of pushing your guests to socialise at their table instead of congregating at the bar.
So there you have it! If you need any further advice on how to keep everything under control during your reception we’d love to hear from you!