An attempt to settle the open bar 'debate'!

posted 3 years ago in Reception
  • poll: How much are you spending, and what type of bar are you having?
    Cash bar: $0-1000 : (11 votes)
    5 %
    Cash bar: $1001-2500 : (3 votes)
    1 %
    Cash bar: $2501-4000 : (2 votes)
    1 %
    Cash bar: $4001-5500 : (0 votes)
    Cash bar: $5501+ : (3 votes)
    1 %
    Open bar: $0-1000 : (36 votes)
    16 %
    Open bar: $1001-2500 : (45 votes)
    20 %
    Open bar: $2501-4000 : (35 votes)
    16 %
    Open bar: $4001-5500 : (18 votes)
    8 %
  • Post # 3
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 2013

    Our food and drinks are together, but for 125people its 16,000 for both.

    Post # 4
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: March 2013

    We only offered beer and wine selections for our guests. If they wanted mixed drinks. they purchased them. But we had alcohol available so it wasn’t a “cash” bar per say. For beer and wine, we paid $1250 since they charged by the case and bottle of wine.

    Post # 5
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: February 2014

    We will be having a bar tab of $2000 for beer, wine, non alcoholic and when that runs out they can pay for themselves. So I guess open bar until it runs out lol

    Post # 6
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2015

    Ohh I voted wrong! I meant to vote: Open bar – $5000+ but accidentally voted cash bar. Whoops. 

    Post # 7
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: March 2013

    full open bar 65 dollars pp. 50 pp – just over 3k

    Post # 9
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    We are having open bar for 5 hours, with all alcohol (beer, wine, hard liquor) for $2925. This is for 65 guests.

    Post # 10
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: December 2012

    @barbie86:  My parents paid, so I’m not exactly sure how much it cost, but we offered cocktails or beer immediately after the ceremony, 1/2 bottle of wine per person with the meal and champagne for the toast. Then everybody was on their own!

    I think it very much depends where you’re from. Most people do the same as we did where we live. I’ve certainly never been to a wedding with an open bar, and I wouldn’t expect to. It seems much more common in the US.

    Post # 11
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: March 2013 - Callanwolde Fine Arts Center

    We provided the alcohol and mixers and the caterer provided the bartenders for our 180 guests. The alcohol and mixers were about $2000 and the two bartenders for 5 hours were only $600. It turned out that we had a ton of leftover wine and a few bottles of liquor that we returned to the liquor store the next day, but my parents handled that so I’m not sure how much money we got back.

    Post # 12
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: March 2014

    in my area the alcohol is almost always included in the price per person, so i’ve never heard of this even being a debate until now.

    Post # 13
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    @barbie86:  100 guests (12.50 pp), beer and wine.

     

    ps. does not include tip and tax :).

    Post # 15
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: December 2012

    @barbie86:  Yeah, I doubt very much our venue even offers an open bar option!

    Post # 16
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    Our open bar for 100 guess will be $1000(or less). However, we are allowed to bring in all of our own alcohol.  Other venues we looked at were charging $30+ pp. 

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