- 5 years ago
- Wedding: June 2014
So I have always been very adament that I wanted an open bar at my wedding.
Well, the place where we are holding the reception does not allow us to bring in our own alcohol, we have to use theirs, period. Which is fine, but now that I am crunching numbers it is looking pretty pricey.
I still have over a year to go, so I don’t have a head count or anything, but we are expecting about 200 people. Both of our families drink, as well as our friends (we are all college students, in a sorority and fraternity, you get the idea). So big, big drinkers.
We were thinking of doing an open bar with beer, wine, and two signature drinks. There is a restaurant with a bar attached to the hotel should anyone want something else, they could go there and buy it themselves. But I don’t forsee this happening, as I think that everyone would be happy with the four options of beer, wine, and two mixed drinks.
One keg is $300 and will fill around 165 glasses. We were thinking of getting 3 kegs which would be 495 glasses and would cost us $900. That is about 2.5 glasses per person, of course many people will drink the signature drinks and many people (although not as many) will drink wine instead. My Fiance said if he was at an open bar wedding, he would have about 6 glasses of beer. Going off of that, 6 glasses per person would cover 82 people. I know that not everyone will drink that amount, some will drink way less and some could drink more. I am just nervous about not having enough alcohol, but I’m not sure we can really afford another keg.
My Fiance suggested maybe only doing an open bar to a certain time to alleviate this problem. Cocktail hour will begin at 4:30 so he was thinking we could do open bar 4:30-8:30. That would be four hours, people would be able to drink during the cocktail hour, dinner, and an hour and a half after dinner. Then it would turn into a cash bar. What do you guys think about that? I know it’s sort of frowned upon to do a cash bar, and probably frowned upon to take away an open bar after a certain time. But, I really have no other ideas.
Or, do you all have any other suggestions? Do you think 3 kegs would be enough? Keeping in mind that both of our families love to drink and our friends are a huge group of college students. Also keeping in mind that our reception is at a hotel so all anyone has to do is take the elevator upstairs at the end of the night, no driving home to have to worry about.