Post # 1
I’m curious about how much others were charged for bartending. I’m finding the prices to be absolutely ridiculous. $400 for one bartender for 3 hours, and we provide everything for them? Uh no, no thank you. I’m not paying someone $133 an hour to stand there and hand out beer. And then the insurance fee on top of that? MmmNOPE.
I’m seriously at my wits end. We had one bartender… and then the venue contacted him and found out that he let his license expire, so we cant use him. All these other places charge way too much, or aren’t insured either, and now I have 12 freaking days till the wedding, and I don’t know what to do. I’m seriously panicking at this point.
Post # 2
Well, there is more to being a bartending then handing out beers. He/she needs to know how to properly mix drinks, know what drinks ARE, know when to cut people off, etc. Also he/she needs to maintain their license which has a cost. DO they also need to set up and clean up? Does that include a gratuity as well? I don’t think $400 is actually that bad…
Does your caterer have one? Maybe contact a local restaurant or bar and see if they have anyone that would like to work a private event on your date for $250 or something? Call your state’s ABC dept and see if they have a list of licensed bartenders?
Post # 3
We used thumbtack.com and posted what we were looking for and received a result within 24 hours. We knew we would be providing our own alcohol, but needed someone to keep the drinks flowing, keep an eye on the booze, and keep everyone happy. Our reception will be about 8 hours (lol) and he’s charging us $25/hour (we have about 100 guests, open bar). He’s insured and certified in PA, as well. We will put a tip jar out, too. Good luck!
Post # 4
Eight hour reception? Tip jar? Yikes…
Post # 5
allyfally: Our caterer is having us pay 25$/hr for our bartender. So Id say thats a good price and you could offer a 100$ for your bartender at the end since you have a short day — so 200$ total? Im sure you could find a bartender who would love to work for 3 hrs for 175-200$? Good luck!! Itll all work out!
Post # 6
antisocialite: I wouldn’t think $400 is bad for a full bar or anything. But we’re only expecting maybe 40 to be drinking, and we’re not doing mixed drinks. And this price is before the insurance fee as well.
Barbiestylez: I wish we could use our caterer! But they’re coming in from another state, so they aren’t licensed to serve alcohol here.
But we did manage to find a bartender. It will still be a bit more than we had wanted, but oh well, this late in the show I don’t think I can afford to be picky with prices.