Post # 1
So we were pretty set on doing DIY bar but I came across two BEAUTIFUL venues one that lets you bring in your own liquor and has no restrictions on food but is $2500 to rent (only includes tables and chairs and ceremony venue as well) but it can hold up to 300 guests another con is that it is 52 minutes away from our home. The other venue is 10 minutes away from home it is 675 to rent the place but you can only go through their bar. its 100 extra to hold your ceremony there, and you are only allowed to have licsenced caterers with servers on site.
We are leaning towards the closer one and was wondering if a 2000 dollar limit was enough for our guests we are estimating that 150 will be drinking. In my opinion it is not and that is all we can afford on alchohol…
What are your opinions?
Post # 3
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
@Waitingbee57: A $2000 bar tab should go pretty far unless you serve only premium top shelf liquor. Choose domestic beers, house wine, and mid-level liquor.
Post # 4
Statistically the Wedding Planning Sites say count on 1.0 to 1.5 drinks per person per hour (the higher number tends to be reflective of a Wedding Outdoors on a HOT Day).
Example… here is a website with that kind of practical info = http://www.salsbeverageworld.com/Reception_Guidelines.html
So find the average price per drink and there you have an Estimated Total.
Hope this helps,
Post # 5
We are going the best route possible. I forgot to mention that the second cheaper venue can only hold 180 people we were inviting 220 (most were kids) so we are just going to make some cuts to the children.
Post # 6
Here is a breakdown of what our open bar tab looked like at the end of the night. This was for 90 people (not everyone drank obviously). Bar was open from 5pm – 12am, and wine bottles were placed on tables as well as served by glass at the bar. We also got married in the distillery district downtown Toronto for reference.
Soft Bar – pop 9 2.50$ 22.50$
Soft Bar – juice 4 2.65$ 10.60$
Lg. Bottled Water 2 6.95$ 13.90$
Bottled 32 6.00$ 192.00$
Bottled 14 6.64$ 92.96$
Bottled 39 7.00$ 273.00$
Basic bar rail 104 5.53$ 575.12$
Basic bar rail 15 5.97$ 89.55$
Scotch 1 9.00$ 9.00$
Red 19 45.00$ 855.00$
White 20 35.00$ 700.00$
Post # 7
The venue should list their prices for their bar. Generally going through a venue’s bar will more than double your alcohol costs.
Post # 8
We had 115 guest and they went through $1386 of beer and wine. We were pretty impressed with the amount our guest drank.
Post # 9
Consider wine and beer only to keep costs down. $2k would allow you about $13/pp for alcohol for 150– not sure what that will get you, but your venue should provide a price list.
Post # 10
We brought in our own alcohol. For a full bar, we spent $1200 for 100 pretty heavy drinkers.
Post # 11
Our bar tab was… about $550 for 40 people for the evening. Grandparents weren’t drinking, but our friends were drinking A LOT. We had local microbrews (no Bud Lite) and top shelf liquor.
Post # 12
A full open bar for 3 hours would cost 4075 at the cheaper venue. the more expensive venue I would spend 1800 on liquor, mixers, garnish, etc. and we could have an open bar all night…Only problem is I love love love the idea of that have to do all of that…but either way I hope we will figure it out. What would you do if you were in my position?
Post # 13
I would probably chose the first venue that is an hour away.
Post # 14
- Wedding: September 2014 - Banff, Alberta
What if you did an open bar for cocktail hour and supper and then cash bar for the eveining? Where I am from that is standard for a wedding.
Post # 15
@MrsTVLover: Thank you…I think I just needed someone to say that to me to justify the fact that I am going to go with a venue that charges 2500 for not too much stuff over a 675 one that charges for more stuff…
Post # 16
@Pixienickie: I was thinking about that but in my family I would rather it go beyond that I would say on our website that there will be a limited open bar that will switch to a cash bar at some point throughout the night.
Once I am told that our tab is $300 away from being met we will have the DJ announce last call for open bar. My thing is if you feel like getting fall on your face drunk that should not be on our budget. you are here to enjoy our special day not to drink til you puke. I have seen so many weddings where people couldnt even walk to their hotel room after it was over (lets be honest I was a guest in one of those weddings that did that but to be fair I didnt know the people getting married and I was just a plus 1)