Post # 1
We are hiring a woman to bartend our wedding – she’s an experienced bartender, but has never done a wedding, so she’s not sure what to charge.
Our bar will be simple – two types of beer (in kegs), two types of wine, two/three mixed drinks. We are providing everything – alcohol, ice, the actual bar, etc.
What do you think a reasonable price is? I don’t want to underpay her, but we are on a budget, of course.
Post # 3
I would say $150 and I’m sure she’ll get tips throughout the night
Post # 4
Marking. We’re looking into a portable bartending service and we’d love a baseline price, to see what is too much. We’re going with a cash only beer and wine bar. I fear that $150.00 will be no where near anyone’s price – much too low!
Post # 5
- Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry
Caterers quoted us $150 for additional bartenders.
Post # 6
Our venue is charging us $200 for their bartender and presumbly he/she will also get a portion of the 18% gratuity they will charge for the total bar bill. Not sure how that should compare to a bartender your bring in yourself. It also might depend on how many hours the person will be there.
Post # 7
I think you should talk to her about the prices and ask for a quote . We are hiring bartenders too, but through a compnay so we don’t expect to set the prices. I also would speak to her about tip, I wouldn’t want a bartender putting out a tip cup or expecting tips from your guest.
Post # 8
We got our bartender from a local bartending academy. He HAS done weddings before. We are providing all the alcohol, glasses, ice, and the bar. He is proving shaker tins, strainer, 8 pour spouts, bottle opener, and wine key. His fee is $75 and he will have a tip jar on the bar.
Post # 9
I definitely don’t want a tip jar out, and I don’t think most guests tip at an open bar at weddings anyway.
@TwoCityBride: We did ask for a quote, and she’s asking around, but she’s never done a private event before. (She bartends at an actual bar as a part-time job.)
Post # 10
We hired a bartender in Vegas through our caterer. They charged us $25 an hour with a minimum of 4 hours…so $100. Since it was a catered event, they were going to include in the original price the person to deliver, set-up, and clean up but we needed one with bartending experience. She was INCREDIBLE and helped us cut up the cake and with the champagne toast. We tipped her very well and so did the rest of our guests.
Post # 11
I would say it depends a little bit on how many guests there are and how long the reception is. Maybe $30-$40 an hour. I don’t think that most guests bring a lot of cash with them to weddings to tip for drinks; as a guest, the assumption is that the hosts will pay the staff adequately. It isn’t as if the guests are supposed to leave a tip on the table for their dinner service.
Post # 12
If you’re not going to allow her to have a tip jar out (I wouldn’t either, personally), then you should at least be tipping her on the amount of alcohol consumed.
Post # 13
Our bartenders are $75 an hour, with no “tip jar” allowed (caterer’s rule).