Post # 1
I REALLY want to have an open bar for my wedding, but the vendor price seems absolutely INSANE to me. It’s like, they’re assuming that everyone I invite to my wedding will drink at least two hard alcohol drinks an hour. Which is not going to happen with this crowd. My plates are only $40/pp, but an open bar is $56/pp!!!
I’m definitely going to try to negotiate it down, but this price just seemed way over the top to me. How much did you pay for your open bar?
Post # 3
We are paying $57/person, on a Friday. Would be $62/person, on Saturday. It includes dinner and open bar. So you’re basically paying $96/person. It’s up to you, but I think that’s a lot and you can do better.
2 drinks an hour is easy for a lot of people, I usually do about 3-4 in a cocktail hour (I’m a lush, so what?)
Post # 4
I think ours is $8.00 per person. We’re paying $60.00 pp but only $52.00 for people under 21
ETA – top shelf
Post # 5
- Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort
The open bar section of my bill was $55/person for 5 hours and included the cocktail hour hors d’ouevres. That was about 1/3 of the total bill. If we hadn’t gotten a package, the premium bar alone without the hors d’ouevres was still $55/person.
Post # 6
Some people drink a lot, other’s don’t drink anything, so it sort of evens out by just saying 2/person/hr. You have to remember they don’t know the crowd. I know that doesn’t help though 🙁 Alcohol is expensive!
Post # 7
We opted for beer/wine/signature cocktail for $16/person. For the full bar it would be an extra $7 more, so $23/person. This is completely separate from dinner & apps, in case you’re wondering.
Post # 8
So far, we’ve mostly been quoted $100-120pp open bar for 4-5 hours, not always top shelf.
Post # 9
We went with a mid-grade 4-hour package of $15.95/pp (beer, wine, call brand liquors) in plasticware….glassware was an added $5/person and that seemed unneccessary. The top package my venue offered was $21/hour and that was beer, wine, and top shelf. $50+/pp for alcohol seems excessive; especially when you have to pay that rate for people who can’t/won’t drink.
Post # 10
Ours was $20 per person for 5 hours. That was the upgraded bar package but not the top shelf package.
Post # 11
We opted for unlimited beer/wine/champagne and that was $25/pp. Adding well liquor to that would have been $32/pp, and top shelf was $40/pp. That was on top of the $60/pp for one our app station, dinner, and nonalcoholic drinks.
Post # 12
Ours would have been an additional $21/pp + $150 per bartender (1 bartender for each 75 guests was their “recommendation”) for 3 hours of open bar service.
We are having an intimate wedding – like 25 guests. 2 will not drink AT ALL (AA) 1 will not drink due to other health issues (Huntington’s Disease) and the 4the is the wife of the gentleman with Huntington’s disease. 4 are “adults” but not drinking age…. since the “open bar includes mixers and frozen drinks – the $21/pp fee is charged for anyone over 18.
When we did the math it meant they would have to drink MORE than 4 drinks per hour x 3 hours to balance out. We are having a daytime reception, so I’m not sure people are going to be slamming vodka cranberrys at more than 4 per hour between 1pm – 4pm on a Wednesday….lol 🙂
Basically we wold have been paying $21/pp x 8people*not*drinking*alcohol = $168 x 3hrs = or an additional $500 for NOTHING. Multiply this x a larger wedding and that’s just ridiculous.
What they are letting us do is a “hosted bar”. It “appears” the same to the guest as an open bar, except we just “run a tab” and are charged per drink at the end of the night…… mixed drinks, wine and frozen beverages would be $5. Beer would be $3 and soda $1
This seemed better to us – and we aren’t even in a high cost area….. so I can’t imagine.
Post # 13
@3xaCharm: We almost did the hosted bar, but actually got talked out of it by our DOC. Basically, she warned us that people will sit down half-empty drinks to hit the dance floor, or just plain wander off and forget about them, then just go get a new one since they aren’t paying for them (same with sodas, etc). She said the majority of the time the tab is much higher than expected. Just something to think about, we were set on hosted bar until about a week before the reception when she mentioned this. I had never even THOUGHT about the half finished drink thing before she mentioned it!
Edit: Aaaand I missed the part about the daytime wedding because I fail at reading. Probably not as big of a concern for you. But for anyone else thinking hosted bar, something to keep in mind!
Post # 14
$47/pp for dinner and 6 hour open bar is included
Post # 15
Ours was consumption-based and was $4500 for what I would guess was around 50 drinkers.
Post # 16
Our venue offers an open bar for 4 hours and it’s $29/pp. Each additional hour is $10/pp.