Post # 1
OK Bees were having an open bar at our wedding what do you think for 100 guest is a reasonable amount to give the bar for the tab?
it will be
bottle beer $3.00 each glass
well drinks only $3.00 each glass
glass of wine $3.00 each glass
soda (coke, sprite etc…) $1.00 each glass
we were thinking a $1,000 and when thats gone its a cash bar.
the reception is from 6pm to 11pm
and what should we tip the bartender
she will have a tip jar out.
thank you ladies
Post # 4
I think $1000 is reasonable. That’s what we were going to do before we decided on a venue that included the bar in the pp amount with dinner.
Post # 5
$1000 for the bar but I think you guys should tip the bartender and ask her not to have a tip jar out. Is the bar tender an employee or does she own the company etc? If she owns the company I would give a small tip if the service was good- if they are an employee then I would just do the stanard tip for a bartender in your area but more if they provided stellar service.
Post # 6
Our bar bill for 85 guests was $1500., which was a full open bar for 5 hours.
I asked that no tip cups be out on the bars, and tipped each bartender $100.
Post # 7
I would do $1000 at the very minimum, honestly, but in my circle, cash bars are not done, so my opinion is a bit biased.
Personally, I would recommend not having a tip jar out because it looks kind of cheap. My caterer actually forbids the bartender to put tip jars out on the precedence that they are already being paid, and the hosts can opt to tip them at the end of th evening. I agree with what @ItWasntMe: suggested – tell them no tip jars, and give them $100 at the end of the night.
Post # 8
For 5 hours…
$1000 is 3 alcoholic drinks and one soft drink each for 100 people. I think that’d be a minimum. Less than a drink an hour… Depends how much/how quickly your guests drink. I would assume this would probably only last 3 hours tops. But that gets people through to 9 anyway…
Post # 9
A $1K bar sounds pretty reasonable, but I wouldn’t bring the budget lower than that. Our venue forbid the use of tip jars, so we just tipped the bartenders ourselves. My reception was about 85 people all together and the bar opened at 5 and reception lasted till 10, so as long as yours will be. If I remember correctly, the final tab was a little over $1k, but some families like to indulge a little more than others.
Post # 10
We capped our open bar at $4K for about 100 people for 5 hours. The venue said that’s probably higher than we need, but we wanted to be safe and that’s how much we budgeted for. I can tell you in 27 days whether that was enough!
Post # 11
There are party calculators online that will take number of people, length of time and tell you on averge how much they will drink.
Here’s an example:
Post # 12
all of you lovely bees thank you so much!!!!