(Closed) Freaking OUT!

posted 9 years ago in Venue
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

Can you cut back on the food to compensate the bar costs? 

Post # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: March 2010 - Calamigos Ranch

I’d do the wine on the table anyway. But ouch! That is high for a wedding. 🙁

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

9*15 = 135. So is that an ok budget for you? how much would it be if the caterer provides the bottles of wine to put on the table (so to avoid the corkage)?

 Some options include, set up a website and send email to everybody about the website and your bar situation. Email everybody about your bar situation, Spread by word of mouth; send postcard update. Email is the cheapest and easiest.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Ha ours is a $30 corking fee for anything we want to bring…good luck with yours!!

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

You really don’t need wine for the table. Sure, it’s nice to have wine pairings for dinner, but it’s by no means necessary. A lot of people don’t even like wine. You could have the servers serve the wine and they can be instructed how full to pour the glasses. This way you’ll stretch your $$. 

You could also set a cieling for your open bar. We’re doing this for our Rehearsal Dinner. We’ll pay up to $100, then after that it’s cash bar. Obviously that number would be a lot higher for a wedding reception, but it’s something to look into. 

Lastly, did they tell you what liquor this 2k+ included? Was it top shelf, medium range or rail? That could save you a lot of money there. You can also pick what kind of liquors you’ll provide. You don’t need to have a full bar. You could have four or five signature drinks (you could take popular drinks and rename them something fun), and that’s it. The rest is beer/wine.

Good luck!

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

What are they basing their pricing on? That seems REALLY high. You can go to Costco and get a (I believe) 36 pack of Corona for at or less than $30, so are they thinking that every person is going to drink five drinks or something?

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

If you decide to go with wine, look for big bottles to stretch those corking fees out! My cousin did that for her Rehearsal Dinner. She got the wine from Costco I believe, and it came in much bigger bottles than usual. Only three were opened for a group of 35 people, and the wine was pretty darn good!

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

The corking fee exists because there is a huge markup on alcohol, and venues/caterers make a lot of profit providing alcohol.  To prevent brides from buying their own alcohol, some venues prohibit any outside food or drinks, and others charge a corking fee to make up for the lost revenue.   

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

Oh, and you also might want to inquire if the venue charges a cake cutting fee.  Some places charge a $2-3 fee per slice if you purchase the cake from another source.

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