(Closed) Cost of an open bar?

posted 8 years ago in Food
Post # 3
4770 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

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
301 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

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
2742 posts
Sugar bee

God, I wish I lived in Montana. Anyhow, gett this in writing though.

Post # 6
2204 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

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
2090 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

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
3182 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I think we are going to end up paying $25-$35 a person for 4 hours. 

Post # 9
14658 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

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
808 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

We were quoted $48 per person for open bar.

Post # 11
1927 posts
Buzzing bee

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
2313 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

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 # 14
5778 posts
Bee Keeper

Wow! If that’s tight, I’d jump on it at that price. We paid slightly under $1500. for 85 guests.

Post # 15
143 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

thats really low!! We are budgeting around $5,000 for our open bar – 175 guests – 5 hrs

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