(Closed) Budget help – how much does open bar/wine with dinner cost per person?

posted 9 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
1514 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

This depends on the number of guests, how long your party is, what type of drinkers you have and quality of liquor/wine (top shelf, well, 2nd tier, 3rd tier, etc).  Can you give some more information? 

As an example, if you have 100 guests, you’ll need approximately 400 drinks.  This breaks down to 200 bottles of beer, 20 bottles of wine, and 6 bottles of spirits.  But if you have more wine drinkers or mixed drink drinkers, this will change the formula.  It will also change if they’re heavier drinkers.  One this our caterer said was that we needed to "know" our guests.  The cost will change too depending on the quality, it could range anywhere from $2000 to $800 for the drinks (still for 100 people).

Post # 4
68 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

I agree that it really depends on many factors, including your location.  Without having details, I’d guess they should reduce by about $15 per person.  

Post # 6
14183 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

Depends, but our dinner is like $30 per person (nevermind the 5K "venue cost" that nobody else had in our area) with $5 open bar (we’re providing the liquor ourselves). So, total under $50 pp

Post # 7
2204 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

we are paying approximately an exta $20 per person for the alchohol…what sounds like a similar package.  Hope that helps!! ($55/pp total)

Post # 8
304 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I think this depends on where you’re getting married.  My caterer is charging $22/person for 6 hours, but if we provide our own liquor, the price drops by $17/person (the rest goes towards mixers).

But if I was getting married 15 miles south, it wouldbe $27/person for 4 hours.

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