How long was your open bar

posted 2 years ago in Food
Post # 2
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Our was open for 4.5 hours, starting at dinner until our exit. 

Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

Ours was also 4.5 hours, ie the length of the reception. 

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

SilaC:  We had a consumption bar so we only paid for what people actually drank. At another venue we looked at, the premium open bar was $16 or $17 pp per hour, so that doesn’t seem overly pricey to me. 

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

 

SilaC:  It depends on what all is being served. Ours was $14 a person (300 people) for the whole 4.5 hours for 6 types of bottled beers, four wines, and bar brand mixed drinks, plus soda. If yours is more top shelf liquor or a more expensive area that might be the norm.

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

SilaC: You should have the bar open the entire time the reception lasts. If you’re having a premium open bar, $17 seems reasonable considering one top shelf drink would likely cost $10 at a bar, so that’s about a drink and a half an hour per person. 

Post # 8
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Blushing bee

Our open bar will last for 5.5 hours, which is the entire length of our reception and cocktail hour.

Post # 9
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Sugar bee

My daughter recently married and she had a 4-hour open bar. Don’t know if that was the venue rule or the state (Penna.). It was $16 for the first hour and $28 for the next 3 hours (Maybe $12-8-8), plus 20% service charge. No sales tax. For the six under 21 we were charged half each (not that they could drink that much soda). So $52.80 per adult. Full-service during the cocktail hour, a half-hour break while everone took their seats, bridal party entrance, 1st dance, toasts (champagne was extra), and then 3 hours of open bar. The last half hour of the reception there was no bar, which seems to be common (they usually don’t serve around here, for the last half or full hour).

My other daughter was married last year on Delaware. They had an all-inclusive price. The venue/or state rules allowed a maximum amount of open bar service for 5 hours, for the evening. Cocktail hour plus the first 4 hours of the 4.5 hour reception. (only one under 21 – a bridesmaid – and no discount for her).

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

all night. 5 hours

Post # 12
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Busy bee

SilaC:  Ours was open for 4 hours total at a cost of $26 per person total. That was for 3 beers (Miller Light, Yuengling, blue moon), 4 wines (moscato, white zin, pinot grigio, merlot), and average brand liquors (Jack Daniels, Canadian Club, Smirnoff, Captain Morgan, etc) plus all mixers. We had it open one hour for cocktail hour, closed an hour for dinner, then reopened again for the rest of the reception. Ours was at a hotel and the total cost per person including food, alcohol, gratuities, and taxes was $85

Post # 14
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

We are doing a DIY bar and hired a bartender, we are leaving it open all night.. we are offering 11 signature drinks and we have all of the regular bar staples as well, so they can get whatever we have the ingrediants for.

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