- 3 years ago
- Wedding: April 2014
I’ve searched and found a bunch of old threads on paying for the bar by consumption vs per head but alcohol prices seem to differ quite a bit in Australia from the US so I was interested to hear from Australian Bees (or any catering experts out there!) about their experiences or thoughts.
Back story – we/many of our guests come from one of the best wine producing regions in Australia/the world so quite a few of us appreciate a nice wine. We don’t want to serve the cheapest package at our wedding (which is still over $50 head) just to save money but then have it be sub-par wine (we tried the cheaper package wine and it is quite average.) I also don’t want to get unexpectedly stung with a massive bar tab at the end though.
We looked at our anticipated guest list. Approx 85 people expected. About 20 of those either don’t drink at all or will only have a few drinks. Some of the 85 are quite heavy beer drinkers. The rest are your average drinker, would probably have 5 or so drinks. We need the drinks to go for 5 hours. The minimum charge, even when paying on consumption, for alcohol at our venue is $30 a head. So straight away that’s over $2500. The cheapest package whose wines we would be happy to serve is $64 a head (beer, sparkling wine, regular wine and soft drinks for 5 hours). That’s $5500. I do not want to spend that. We both thought it would be cheaper to serve the wines in that package on consumption – they are approx $40-45 a bottle. Beer I assume would be $8-9 a bottle. Can someone please confirm for me that given our guest list number and types of drinkers that it would likely be cheaper to go consumption?