Post # 1
So, the caterer at my reception site just told me that their license changed, and we have to provide our own beer/wine/liquor for the reception, which they will serve. Before, they had quoted us a price that included everything. Now, they say they will reduce the price. How much should they be reducing it by? They were going to serve like two beers, merlot and chardonnay or something, and our choice of five kinds of liquor. Anybody know what that should cost?
Post # 3
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
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 # 5
Thanks, IA Snowflake. It’s probably about 100 people, more heavy drinkers, but a few non-drinkers. Probably leaning more to mixed drinks and wine than beer, but there will definitely be some beer drinkers. Reception time will be like 6:30-11pm. I always forget which brands fall into "top shelf" and which are "well" – but we are not trying to give people a headache the next day – so I guess the lower end of top shelf.
It would be great if they would knock off $20 per person, but it sounds like they might not have budeted that much.
Post # 6
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
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
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.