Open Bar Vs Bringing your own

posted 4 years ago in Food
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Well, firstly you need to make sure your venue will let you do this. Most won’t, and if they do, many will require bonded bar tenders (couple hundred dollars per hour). Even if they don’t require the bar tenders, please get them. For one, if 100+ people are pouring their own liquor that’s going to take a while and it might not go as far if they’re pouring doubles, triples…bar tenders can help regulate the liquor consumption at the very least. Also make sure you get enough to cover the whole night…

 

ETA: And DEFINITELY do not have people bring their own. A wedding is a HOSTED event, therefore you need to HOST them. If you can’t afford to host, don’t offer it, but never ever request your guests pay for or bring their own liquor.

 

Post # 5
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667 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@Waitingbee57:  Still talk to your venue. Get them to quote you a price for open bar (I’d also encourage you to compare that with beer/wine only or beer/wine/signature drink)

Then you’ll need to explore what it would cost to hire bartenders and purchase liquor and (depending on your locale) whether you need to get a liquor license to even serve it….

No way for us to tell you whether it would end up being less expensive…

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