Budgeting with open/host bar

posted 3 years ago in Money
Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@medbride:  Is consumption your only optino? Can you do per person? That will make things easier (plus with consumption the venue has a perogative to get people to order more. I’ve been at weddings where I’ve had two sips of a drink, put it on a table to chat with someone, and had someone take it so I had to get another drink…).

That said, get their prices, guesstimate 3-4 drinks per person and add anohter 10% (plus gratuity of 18% if not already factored in to your contract).

 

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@medbride:  We had an open bar based on consumption and for 100 people ended up with a bar tab of only 2300 dollars. That was WAY less than we were expecting! But we also had a lot of food, so folks may have just rather filled their bellies with food than booze. 

FWIW our signature drinks were charged at $7.75 a drink. Beer was 5.00 a bottle. Wine was 7.00 a glass. 

They had a per person option but if we’d done per person we would have paid a flat 7k. Our wedding coordinator said most people did consumption and it definitely worked out in our favor.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Also that 2300 included taxes and fees.

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@medbride:  Yeah our guests were split between light drinkers and heavy drinkers. It ended up working out in our favor. 🙂

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@medbride:  Our wedding was open bar and we were charged an all-inclusive price per person. This worked out well because we had a lot of party animals at our wedding.

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I think it depends on your crowd. We are only budgeting 1-2 drinks per person because almost half our guest list doesn’t drink.

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