Has anyone heard of this? The venue we are looking at booking has a rule that we can't have the bars open, or serve alcohol, for more than four hours. This means that if we had our ceremony 6:30-7:00pm, and did a cocktail "hour" before 6:00-6:30pm then opened the bars right after (we are doing our ceremony and reception on site), that the bars would have to close at 10:30pm. Then the send-off would happen at 11:00pm.
This seems really short to us. Is it normal?
Does anyone have any suggestions?
We would have 80% of the guests riding out to our venue on shuttle buses, so would be able to serve them a drink on there as they are heading out to the location (it's a 30 min drive)... but ending at 11:00pm, especially with bars closing at 10:30pm, seems like it would leave guests feeling the party never really got started. There will be 200-300 guests.