(Closed) Deciding on open bar/consumption bar

posted 5 years ago in Reception
Post # 2
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Holy cow if an open bar is only 8$ pp that is DEFINITELY the way to go. Especially if you have a drinking crowd. Our open bar fee was 35pp PER HOUR so we went consumption!

I would opt to do that all night and save yourself the hassle. Thats the price of one drink and most people have one per hour- a heavy drinker will have much more! I would keep it open during dinner as not everyone likes wine and will want a beer or cocktail. Especially because big wedding dinners the food comes out in waves so it takes awhile. I would not at any point switch to a cash bar… thats just kind of ending on a sour note if youve been hosting them all along then cut it off for the last hour. And its just confusing to go from open to cash open to cash.

Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

I would either go full open bar or full bar. Or you could go open bar for the first half then change. It’s going to be really confusing for guests to have open bar, cash bar, open bar, crash bar. I would keep switching like that. 

Post # 4
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2016

Why on earth are you switching it back and forth from an open bar to cash bar? I’m sorry but that’s just stupid and going to confuse your guests. For $8 per person just have an open bar all night! 

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2017 - Poppy Ridge Golf Course

Agree, this will be confusing. If you can afford it I would do open bar all night or make 10pm the cut off point.

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Yeah, I think it would be confusing to go back and forth. Possibly just cut it off at the last hour if you think things are going to get really messy.

Post # 7
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Helper bee

Where the hell are you getting an open bar an $8 a person? Is that $8 per person, or per person each hour?!

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2017 - Poppy Ridge Golf Course

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musket87 :  I assumed it was $8 pp, per hour which makes sense. I could be wrong though. If its $8 pp all night thats one hell of a deal.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

If you can afford it, open bar all night, if not at least split it in half so it’s not switching multiple times. Like open bar until 8 then cash after that. 

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

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sweetness09 :  I still think in the end itll be cheaper to do the open bar fee during downtimes because 8$ pp per hour even, is as reasonable as it gets. And then atleast youll know what you owe- no surprises at the end.

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

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sweetness09 :  I just attended a wedding last year where the bar switched from open to cash several times throughout the night, and it was not communicated to the guests at all. We just went up to order a drink and sometimes it was free and sometimes it was cash (for the same drink) it was frustrating not knowing. If you are going to do this, communicate it well to the guests. I know a lot of the guests at that wedding were very put off by it.

Post # 14
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Buzzing Beekeeper

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sweetness09 :  I think it’s very confusing when you switch back and forth. In your case I would close the bar during dinner since wine is being served (and people will have brought their drinks from the cocktail hour to the table with them) and then open it back up again at the end of the night. 

Post # 15
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Helper bee

I got burned badly by consumption. My venue did not offer an open bar option, but I was told numerous times that the average bill was $17 pp. We had a mid tier offering, with one premium vodka. It ended up being closer to $45-50 a person with an extra hour extended at the end. 

 

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