(Closed) help choosing open bar or consumption

posted 7 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

Hmm, $38.00 is like five and a half of the most expensive drinks per person.  Only you know your guests, but that kind of seems like a lot. 

I’d say you’re probably safe to go with consumption unless your guests are big drinkers.

Post # 4
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Helper bee

6 drinks per person sounds like a lot but sometimes at weddings people think it’s free and they are busy so they leave a drink on a table frequently or forget which is their cup and just keep getting new ones and that would scare me into the open bar option.

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

open bar is safe and you know what the bill is gonna be. No surprise later!

Post # 6
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Busy Beekeeper

i think it depends on your guests. if it were me and i was having a bigger local wedding, i might do consumption just because of several muslim guests who i know don’t drink at all. also, i  have a couple of pregnant friends who won’t drink and so forth. i also know some people are not big drinkers. so i take a chance it would be cheaper to do consumption or at least break even if there are a few guests who have more than 5 – 6 drinks to go along with the ones that i am sure will not.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

My open bar price was only $25/person (not top shelf), so this was definitely more economical.  My venue recommended it since my guests were drinkers and we wouldn’t have ugly surprises at the end.  Both Mrs Beans and iloveflowers make very good points on why the open bar might be a better idea.

Post # 8
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

I went through the same debate. We had 115 guests. We had some recovering folks, a couple pregnant chicks, my parents don’t really drink, etc. However, my parents insisted on open bar (always when it’s not their money *smiles*) however good thing they did!!! My venue kept track of consumption and each person had approx 8 drinks! Really! I was shocked, but then I rememered I had a glass of wine at cocktail hour which I left upstairs, then a glass of wine, glass of champagne, and a margarita at dinner. I had 4 shots with friends and our signature drink the “Snowjito” So 9 drinks and I don’t really drink. I’m a one drink chump normally. You’d be surprised what 20/30/40 something people will do when they aren’t paying for it!

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

Um. My open bar was only $3 a person…yikes to those prices!! 

I would definitely contemplate your guests, but it sounds like consumption would probably be a safe bet.

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I would go with open bar.. I am a bartender and trust me  bar tabs go up fast. People leave their drinks and just go get another one. They drink more cuz its free. And in the end you wont be surprised!!

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Was 3$ a typo??? how could it be so cheap if not??

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

 

@afbacher: Was 3$ a typo? If not how was it so cheap.. How much was your food and venue?

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

@jenlee1: our venue, food, and open bar was $33 a person. 

 

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I would seriously think about how many people you have coming and whether or not they like to drink.    With my family, I know about half of them don’t drink anything, other than soft drinks, which is why we’re paying for drinks consumed.   Then again, we’re also only doing beer, wine, and soft drinks as full open bar is considered pretentious where we’re having our wedding.  

I know for my sister’s wedding last year, we had to do open bar as it was in Chicago and apparently they don’t do anything but open bar, and we got screwed on the final price.   We don’t have many drinkers in our family/friend group, yet ended up paying nearly $40 per person for open bar.  The final bar tab never came anywhere near that.  Total rip-off unless you know most of your guests are likely to drink a fair amount. 

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

@jenlee1: haha so no, not a typo 🙂 god love St. Louis and the insane amount of catholic drinkers. 

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@afbacher: OMG… I am sooo jealous.. Were looking at approx 110$ a head and thats not including a 3500$ venue fee.. geesh!

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