Post # 1
So we are planning on having an open bar for the five or so hours of our reception. We are renting a private residence for a week on the ocean and will be having the reception there one day during that week. This “venue” allows us to not have to follow those specific alcohol rules rgarding the service and purchase of it. Our plan is to DIY our bar by purchasing all alcohol, and then hiring a bartending service. So far it appears we will save about $2,500. My quesstion is….Has anyone purchased beer, wine, and liquor for 120 people? What would be a good estimate for cost? Im having a few liquor stores quote us and was windering if anyone had experience with this?
Post # 3
Best luck. We looked into this and the hardest part for us was figuring out how we would rent/purchase all the stemware (glasses, etc). We ended up going with a venue that included the bartending and they just used 8 oz plastic cups, wine glasses that we provided ($8 from Bed Bath and Beyond is the best price anywhere), and bottled beer.
Post # 4
I can get you pretty close with alittle more information. Are there any specific alcohols that you know people will drink (ei. Myers rum, UV Blue) or any they will not prob drink (ei. Gin). Once I put all this into my equation I came up with my cost. And, are you serving keg beer or bottles. How big of wine drinkers are your guests and what level of wine would you like to serve?
I do this all the time for large functions, if you would like to PM me I can help you figure out exactly what to order. Some liquor stores will give you a great discount if you order all at one time from them, but I saved alot by getting alot directly from the distributors (through my bar) but was sometimes cheaper at the grocery stores sales.