Post # 1
Ok, I might just be really cheap but….
I got a quote from my (possible) reception venue. They stated that the bartender is $75 an hour for the reception (making is $375, more than the cost to rent the room). Does this sound really high to any one else? We are not having an open bar, so this would just be a charge to have the person there. I asked if this included gratuity for the person, I haven’t gotten a response yet. All the other venues I’ve looked at include the bar tender in their rental fee. Has anyone ever been charged seperately for the bartender? If so how much?
The room rental fee only includes the room, tables, and 2 servers. Napkins, food, tablecloths, ext are all an extra fee. I just feel like I’m being seriously ripped off.
Post # 3
@angelapicklebottom: I feel it is a little high especally when you say it cost more then the room rental. Our bartender fee is a flat $150 for the night plus 20% gratuity but this is at the Hyatt and we are having 3 signature drinks and a cocktail hour.
However, I guess since the price of the room was so low they will find their money in other places. So not cool. Good luck.
Post # 4
- Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry
Our venue is just the venue (museum, so we get tables, but caterering is all on us.) A couple of the caterers we’re looking at will charge $150 per bartender for the night, if we BYOB. Your quoted price seems high- having an extra staff member is usually around $30 an hour, so that $75 should include gratuities.
Post # 5
That’s pretty high… my venue is on the expensive side and they’re charging $25 per bartender per hour with a 2 bartender minimum, per hour. So basically I’m getting two bartenders for 2/3 of the price your venue is asking. I’d try to negotiate that one down for sure.
Post # 6
The more I think about it the more ridiculous it seems.
I’m only having 50 people at the wedding. That would break down to the bartender just being there costing us 7.50 per person, even if that includes gratuity, it’s still pretty high.
Post # 7
- Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort
In my area, that is cheap, cheap, cheap. A bartender will often be $150 an hour with a 4 hour minimum.
Post # 8
@angelapicklebottom: Someone making $75/hour pulls $156,000 a year if they were working 8 hour days. That’s a ridiculous amount of money to pay for a bartender.
Even in my bartending heyday I was making about $50,000/year, which is $24/hour. Don’t pay it!
Post # 9
I think that’s expensive. My wedding is in downtown DC on a Saturday night, and our bartenders (through the caterer) are $35/hour.
Post # 10
We are having our laid back reception on a Friday night. We are doing everything ourselves, but having it at a hall .The hall sets up the tables. You can rent from them or buy your own: tableclothes and napkins-we’re renting theirs. You can bring in your own alcohol but you must:
hire 2 bartenders-$40/hr per bartender ($320)
hire 2 security gaurds-$50/hr ($400)
all these people have to be off their list of people, so can’t hire outside security or bartender.
+ all alcohol
The room was $275… People ask why we’re not having an open bar.
Post # 11
@mrsSonthebeach: Agreed, I was going to say the same thing since I’m from South Florida as well.
Post # 12
@mrsSonthebeach: I need to move down there to bartend!
I guess it depends on your area. One caterer quoted me $150 for 4 hours. I’m a manager at a night club and the bartenders want to bartend for my wedding because it will have a lot of people in the biz there so they are hoping to make lots of money. Not allowing them to have a tip jar but if someone tips them they can accept it.
That seems pretty high to me
Post # 13
I think it’s way too high, especially since it’s not an open bar. Our venue doesn’t provide bartenders so I’m looking for one now and running into people who are weirdos, charge way too much, or aren’t available. You can try talking to your venue, and bring up the fact that the bartender is more than the room rental and state what their duties would be. They may be under the impression that you are haivng an open bar. Maybe it’s where I live, but I’m a former bartender and occasionally worked private events. My hourly was never that high (although I often made tips – but I did work events where there was no tip jar and my hourly was still less)
Post # 14
Umm yea that’s a bit high…. Our bartender fee is a flat 50 bucks plus the cost of the bar package per person. (15-45$)
Post # 15
We just got a quote from a caterer…and we’re told the cost would be $175 per bartender, so a total of $350 as we’ll need 2. But that’s for the entire 4 hours. So I’d say your venue’s quote sounds steep!
Post # 16
That does seem high. The ones I’ve looked at here are 18-30/hour. You said you weren’t having an open bar so maybe the venue decided that it just wants to squeeze more money out of you. I know plenty of catering companies here will include the bartending fee if it is open/hosted bar, but will charge an hourly rate and/or hundreds of dollars in extra fees for a cash bar because they want to guarantee a certain profit per wedding.