(Closed) Alcohol for the reception…

posted 5 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
4439 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall

Most venues (at least in my area) do not let you bring in your own alcohol!  So you are figuring out why people don’t do open bars — $$$!


You would think people would be happy with beer, wine and signature cocktails but at our wedding people were going to the attached restaurant to buy shots and more.  Which personally I was NOT a fan of.  My Darling Husband kept disappearing to go do shots with his college friends, then part of the family would be gone…. UGH.  I wish I would have just had an open bar.


Like you said you have time before yours, the guest count will likely go down.  Can you save in other places to put the money towards your bar?


I’m really not a fan of open bar until a certain time or amount of drinks have been served because usually the guests have ZERO notice, go up to get a “free” drink and the bartender charges for it!  But I guess on the other hand if you tell people it’s going to switch to paid drinks at 8:30, they’re just going to hoard drinks at their tables before that time and you’ll end up paying for it anyway….

Post # 4
9675 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

Why don’t you get rid of the signature drinks and just have beer and wine?  Get an extra keg and some extra wine.  Then just keep the open bar.  Whatever combination you get just make sure you have about 1 drink per person, per hour.  I imagine that is a good way to average it out.  Some people might do more, some less.

Honestly…as fun as the signature drinks sound I’d probably only ever drink one of them.  Most signature drinks are sweet drinks and a lot of people won’t have more than 1 of them for that reason.  I’d have one and end up drinking wine the rest of the night.

It gets confusing when it all of sudden becomes a cash bar.

Post # 5
176 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

That seems a lot for a keg. Kegs normally cost $120 down here in Texs. We took the venues keg and filled it for $120 at the local liquor store. We went to Goody Goody liquor and bought 4 cases of wine for $155. We bought the brand St Helena (2 reds and 2 whites) I’d never heard of it and was skeptical bc it was $2.99 but regular 6.99. They let us taste it in the store…which they aren’t suppose to but I think they sense I was skeptical of a $3 wine. lol   We had two wine snob friends and they raved about the wine. Turned out to be a great brand.

Down here in Texas, everyone frowns at cash bars…considered tacky. I thought about it too but the venue doesn’t let you anyways. They do charge you for serving and the licensed bartendar so our total alcohol added to $1000 all together. The venue was inexpensive but the alcohol service adds. That’s what I’ve noticed in Texas at different venues.

Post # 6
1935 posts
Buzzing bee

is it possible to offer the hard aocohol for charge at the same bar? That’s what we did and it worked out great. I just made the bar menu very clear that beer, wine and our sig drinks were free and rum, vodka, whisky etc.. were $_ a shot..

Post # 8
2390 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

@collegebride621:  I don’t like the idea of charging for some things and not for others.  It’s confusing.  Same with starting a cash bar at any point.

Just host what you can afford.  I really think the 3 kegs will be enough – could you just add another one that night if it’s not?  It would be pretty easy to cut $300 from somewhere else.

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