Post # 1
Our venue doesn’t allow us to bring in liquor/beverages and so the bar is based on their set prices (a country club north of Boston) and by consumption. We’ll probably have about 110 guests. Anyone in a similar situation and have thoughts on ballpark costs for open bar? Our coordinator did say that the first hour (“cocktail hour”) can run $12-$18 pp on average…I wonder what it is after that (she couldn’t really say)? We are having a champagne toast prior to dinner.
All thoughts and suggestions are welcome! What did you do for your wedding?
Post # 3
I think my coordinator suggested estimating 6 drinks per person for a 5 hour reception. Now, assuming beer, wine, and hard alcohol aren’t priced the same, there are some good calculators out there that show the average breakdown of percentage you should buy. I assume the percentages would also be good for an estimate of the bar tab.
It depends on your crowd too though. We have a lot of guests that don’t drink for religious reasons. I’m estimating a little over 1 drink per person per hour. I ran the math a bunch of different ways (even going line by line and estimating by guest knowing their drinking proclivities) and that was what ended up being the most reasonable average in my mind.
Post # 4
Posting to bookmark this thread, I’m interested in other bees experiences as well. 🙂
Post # 5
We chose comsumption over a set amount based on the advice of the restarant owner.
For 100 guests, our tab was $2200(with tip) for an after noon cocktail-type party (4 hours).
Our guests could have anything they wanted; the restaurant did know if anyone asked for anything outrageous ($100 shots), they had to check with us first.
We also had an “after party” tab for friends that stayed, which came to $450.
Post # 6
most open bars charge between $35 -50/pp for 3-5 hrs (depends on top shelf vs well brands and the area) so i would say thats probably a good estimate bc bars usually are in the business of making.money so yhey wouldnt offer that deal.if it wasnt a decent estimate
what are the per drink prices? whats your crowd like? (mainly your collehe age friends or more your grandma’s prayer circle)
i think that about 1drink per person per hour is about right bc for everyone that slugs down 2 there will be someone who only sips a glass of wine for 2hrs
Post # 7
@NAvery: I was thinking of doing the same thing, i.e. looking at the list of guests attending and estimating based on what we think they would drink. I would say that our crowd is a drinking crowd, for the most part…although a fair amount of “lightweights,” who will have a couple early on and be feeling good for the rest of the night!
@dkacerek: That seems very reasonable…were you surprised by the total? What were the charges for beer, wine, liquor/mixed drinks? Depending on the quality of the alcohol (we’ll probably go for basic brands…nothing too fancy), beers are $6, wine $8 and $10 for cocktails/liquor.