Post # 1
For my daughter’s wedding we have a bar package for four hours. One hour will be the cocktail hour and three hours of the actual four hour reception. Not sure how we should handle the last hour of the reception. Do we go ahead and pay the $3.50 per guest for the extra hour or pay by consumption? Not serving anything to me means the party is over! (Definitely no cash bar!)
If you had only a four hour package, what did you do?
Post # 3
@emnk: How much are the drinks if you’re paying by consumption in that last hour?
Post # 4
We had a four-and-a-half hour package, and closed the bar early for alcohol (it was still open for soda/water/juices) to prevent drunk driving. I think it’s perfectly fine to close the bar a bit early, as long as there are non-alcoholic options available still. I think the $3.50 per guest for another hour will be a waste, because that amount of alcohol likely won’t get consumed.
Post # 5
Where I’m a lot of places only include a 4 hour open bar for a 5 hour reception. I think it’s pretty common practice to close the bar for the hour while dinner is being served. Most guests grab a couple drinks before they sit down to hold them over for the next hour.
Post # 6
@emnk: does the 4 hour reception include the dinner hour? do you want the bar to be open over dinner or will you just be serving wine at dinner?
do you know what the average price per drink is at the venue? i personally think $3.50/person for the extra hour is pretty good. my venue drink prices were double that. if every guest had 1 drink during the last hour, what would that total be on consumption compared to the per guest price?
Post # 7
@emnk: It really depends on how much drinks are. There are consumption calculators online that can help you estimate how many beverages your guests will imbibe so you can do out the math.
Post # 8
I’d find out how much for just non-alcoholic drinks for the last hour would be. That could give the lighter drinkers time to sober up before having to leave. Everyone getting home safe and sound at the end of the night seems like a really good end for the day!
Post # 9
@emnk: Hi there. My venue requires the selling of alcohol to cease prior to the end of the reception. Not sure if it’s a city, county or state requirement too but that’s it. If I had the option of extending open bar the additional 30 mins or an hour (I can’t remember when it gets cut off), I’d probably do it how it was most convenient. If I had cash or check, perhaps by consumption. If I just wanted it settled, I’d pay per head upfront.
Post # 10
I’ve def heard of people closing it the bar for dinner to stretch the 4 hours. I wouldn’t want to pay extra esp since you know people are going to start leaving during the last hour.
Post # 11
I’d probably pay by consumption for that last hour because the only people who will be left drinking are the people who probably shouldn’t be LOL. Most people will have stopped because they have to drive, or they will have left. We actually closed the bar half an hour early which kind of gave people the hint that it was time to start moseying out, without flat out stopping the music and being like “thanks for coming now beat it!”
Post # 12
@emnk: We had a 5hour package, so that was a cocktail hour, close for dinner (wine on tables), and then opened back up at 9 pm until 1am – my DH wanted to make sure all drinks were available during dinner for people who don’t drink wine, so we paid by consumption for the dinner hour. We estimated the amount of drinks that we thought might be served, and actually wound up getting money back.
Post # 13
@emnk: 3.50 per hour sounds like a better deal than by consumption to me!
Post # 14
Thanks eveyone for your comments! It has taken me a while to find out the consumption prices. Beer is $4-$5 and wine is $5. The bar will be open during dinner. If we paid the $3.50 per person price that would run about $600. A bit much on a budget that is already stretched!