Post # 1
Hy ladies – I recently talked to two different caterers about the cost of alcohol for our wedding, and both gave me estimates WAY below what I expected (so much so I feel like they may not have understood what I was asking)…. I was told by both if we were to host the whole night, we should expect about $500 for a full bar (2 kegs – 1 domestic, 1 microbrew, plus an assortment of bottled beer; 2-3 liquors; soft drinks, 2 wines, and champaigne for the toasting). With either person, we will be paying for the liquor bottles rather than by the drink, but that still seems extremely low to me. We are expecting 125-150 people, and the reception will be on a Saturday, probably starting around 4:30 and ending at 11 at the latest. Does that seem reasonable? What did other bees pay/are expecting to pay for alcohol?
Post # 3
that seems very low to me too. But hey if you can get that in the contract saying you’ll pay that much for all that then great!
Post # 4
We are paying $500 for an open bar with sodas and beer for quests. (If they got mixed drinks they would have to pay) And we will have full open bar for bridal party. We invited 150 and are only expecting maybe 75? But the place we are getting married at we have to have a minimum of $250.
But we are also not expecting to use anywhere near the $500 limit
Post # 5
God, I wish I lived in Montana. Anyhow, gett this in writing though.
Post # 6
That sounds really low to me. When I was doing my initial research, I was always quoted open bar prices per person….mine is about $50 per person for the evening.
If you can get it in writing- go for it! Just make sure it’s a set price, not consumption- like, they will keep serving and give you a bill at the end.
Post # 7
That sounds super low – at 125 people, that only $4/pp – for the entire night. If they can make a profit on that margin, I would be very concerned about the quality of the alcohol provided.
Post # 8
I think we are going to end up paying $25-$35 a person for 4 hours.
Post # 9
That is REALLY low! I was quote per person pricing for open bar and it was usually between 25-35/ head for a full 5 hours.
Post # 10
We were quoted $48 per person for open bar.
Post # 11
I agree that is extremely low. We paid $30 per person for open bar for 5 hours which works out to $4,500 for 150 people.
Post # 12
Do you think they maybe meant that quote as $500 per HOUR? Because that seems so much more plausible… this is just crazy cheap!
Post # 13
Yeah that is what I thought! One guy told me they did a wedding the weekend before we spoke and it was just over $1000 for 300 people. That just seems outrageous to me. We are doing a tasting with one of the caterers this weekend so I’ll try to get some more answers but I just find it hard to believe….
Post # 14
Wow! If that’s tight, I’d jump on it at that price. We paid slightly under $1500. for 85 guests.
Post # 15
thats really low!! We are budgeting around $5,000 for our open bar – 175 guests – 5 hrs