If your family and friends are anything like ours’, the answer is yes. This decision should be based upon the crowd you’re inviting. You know better than we do whether or not your guests are big drinkers. We understand that you may be hesitant to include an open bar due to its high cost, but you definitely want everyone to have a good time. Not to mention, even if they aren’t big drinkers, it still may be worth considering, especially for those guests who are enjoying a night away from their kids. If your budget doesn’t have much wiggle room to include an open bar during your reception, you can ask your venue if they’ll do it strictly for cocktail hour.