- 5 years ago
- Wedding: October 2013
I was extremely lucky to get a gorgeous venue at a great price – I get the whole banquet hall for only $400 for the whole day. Awesome, right?
Well I am sacrificing a bit! Because my venue is technically a state park, the bar in the lodge operates under a private club license and can only serve beer and wine. So liquor is off the table from the start. I requested a list of the available options this morning, so I guess I’ll see later what they’ve got.
But given this fact, I can’t decide what to do. I know that a lot of people choose to offer an open beer and wine bar as a cheaper option, but here it’s my only option. Given that there will be no hard liquor, what should I do? We are working with a very limited budget.
Any way I do it, there will be a $25/hr for a bartender:
1. Open bar. There is no set price for this, in the words of the venue coordinator, ‘the cost could be limitless.’
2. Serve unlimited drinks with dinner, switch a cash bar afterwards.
3. Cash bar all the way
4. Pick a ‘signature’ red and white wine and one or two beers to serve unlimited; if people want something else, have a cash bar option.
Does anyone know what the estimated cost usually is for about 50 people who are moderate drinkers? Not heavy, not light. Just middle of the road. I know this is regional, I’m just asking in your experience.
It’s the big unknown of ‘it could be limitless!’ that has me terrified.
Side note. If all you’re going to do is tell me that I should under no circumstances have a cash bar, save your breath. It’s quite common in my area, it is an option that I am considering (although I would prefer another option, that’s why I’m asking for advice) and I disagree with the opinion (and yes it is an OPINION that cash bars are impolite, that is not a fact).
I’m not making this a poll because I’d really like people’s input, not just a number of votes one on choice over another.