Post # 1
How much are you estimating for drinks per person?
We’re doing an open bar and it’s per consumption so I’m just trying to get an idea of how much it will cost us. We’re having champagne at the ceremony and signature drinks and champagne during the cocktail hour so I’m not including that in the numbers. We have came up with approx. 12 drinks per person. It’s a restaurant reception starting at 6pm (or 6:30, haven’t decided yet) and we have the restaurant and bar area rented out to us until 1am. The 12 drinks per person includes 2 glasses of wine with dinner. All non-alcoholic drinks are free with our dinner package, and every guest is staying at the hotel where the reception is.
Do you think this is reasonable? I would like to overestimate if possible.
Post # 3
Hello, we did 8 drinks per person not including the wine at the table. Our estimated bar bill including the cocktail hour, wine on the table and reception was $6500 and it came to $6400. Ours was per consuption as well.
Post # 4
4-6 drinks per person fully stocked open bar.
Post # 5
@orchidaloha: i think that is over estimating. you know your guests and if they are heavy drinkers or not, so maybe you are accurate.
i estimated for each guest, 2 drinks/hour for the first 1-2 hours and then 1 drink/hour after that. we had half heavy drinkers and half light weights so they balanced each other out. our bar bill ended up being considerably less than i anticipated.
Post # 6
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
@orchidaloha: We have always calculated two drinks per person for the first hour and then one drink per person each hour after that. We also know exacly which guests are teetotalers and won’t drink any alcohol at all so we subtract them from the calculations. It has worked out for every party we have ever thrown.
For a party from 6pm until 1am I would recommend 9 drinks per drinking adult. Remember that some guests will dirnk less and some will stop altogether at some point. I would be hard pressed to drink 9 drinks in an evening wtihout passing out.
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Post # 8
@orchidaloha: i’d go with 2 drinks in first hour, 1 drink per hour after that,
some people will stop drinking after 3, 4, 5, drinks, others will keep going, and others won’t drink at all.
12 drinks per person is a ton.
do you pay ahead of time or pay at the end?
are you just trying to over estimate so you can budget correctly?
the last wedding i was at, one of my FI’s friends told him he was going to have 15 drinks. he stopped at 8.
Post # 9
Thanks for the replies ladies!
They’re billing us after the wedding so I’m just trying to get an idea of where we are at. We have already given them a big deposit and right now if every adult has 12 drinks, we will still come in at just under what that deposit was.