Lunch wedding bar tab

posted 2 years ago in Food
Post # 3
3644 posts
Sugar bee

I don’t drink alcohol, either, but helped plan for 2 large bridal showers, where wine and mimosas were served at lunch. My guess is that hard liquor is unnecesary at lunchtime, but it’s according to your guests. I went to one wedding this year where only beer and wine were served, at an evening wedding.

Post # 5
5391 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2014

livhuss:  It depends on your guests (ie how much they drink) and the type of drinks you’re providing. Our bar bill (excluding the drinks during the day) was 3.5k. That was for about 75 guests, around a ten of whom weren’t drinking alcohol, and 7 hours and included some spirits (we basically had a ‘cap’ of about $9/10 per drink; anything more expensive and guests had to pay for it (we had some people buy bottles of champagne at $90,whiskies at $20 etc so glad we had that in place). So for a lunch time wedding which presumably won’t be lasting anywhere near as long, I’d probably allow about 1.5k, depending on the cost of drinks at your venue. 

Also, your venue should hopefully be able to give you an idea; ours said about £2-2.5k/$3.2-4k should cover us for the night for what we were offering and the number of guests, and they were right.

Post # 6
443 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I had a lunch wedding with 40 guests; our tab was $200-$300, which I was really happy with! But we had no DJ, so there wasn’t much dancing, and we only had beer, wine, and mimosas.

My cousin had a lunch wedding with 80 guests; she had an open bar, a DJ, and a lot of dancing. I don’t know what her tab was, but certainly many times what mine was.

So think about the atmosphere at your wedding; it can make a big difference. Mine really felt like a laid back lunch wedding; hers felt like a night wedding.

Post # 7
2704 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

livhuss:  For an evening wedding I would plan for 5 drinks per person, since yours is a lunch I would plan for 3 per person, some will drink more, some won’t drink at all.

Agree with PP about atmosphere, is there dancing and a party atmosphere, that might cause people to drink more.

Post # 8
795 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

We had around 42 guests and are bar tab for a formal dinner reception was around 1.2K. Most guests drank wine, martini’s, and soda. We had a live band which played throughout dinner. Yours should be less because its near lunch. 

Post # 9
18 posts

We had numbers similar to yours for lunch reception… We used 1.5 pony kegs of beer and 73 bottles of hard cider, plus 4 bottles of red and 9 bottles of white wine.  We also had juice, soda, and coffee (used about 25 of each).  It was July (indoors), reception 11:30-3:30.  Hope this helps!

Post # 10
232 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: Aug 30th, 2014

Our reception ran from 2:30 to 5:30, and there were sixty guests. Beer, wine, mimosas, and nonalcoholic drinks were covered under the tab, and it was $960 total after tax and gratuity. Our venue charged between $8 and $10 per alcoholic drink, and I believe nonalcoholic drinks (soda, bottled water, coffee, etc) were $2 or $3 a piece.

Post # 11
2782 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

livhuss:  For my evening wedding, or coordinator says the tab usually ends up being average 4 drinks per guest- and she was spot on.  I was actually really impressed with her guess/knowledge.  I will say I think some people drank a little less- because our tab included my husband and I buying a few rounds of top shelf shots for some of our friends and family LOL 🙂


I would imagine people might drink less in the afternoon– although you never know!!

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