(Closed) How does your open bar price compare to this one?

posted 5 years ago in Reception
Post # 2
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Sugar bee

Unfavorably. My wedding is in IL also – Chicago in June at a $$$$ venue, which impacts the price. Whether that is a fair price depends on many factors: on the formality of your venue, the type of liquor (well, top shelf, or something in between), whether there will even be liquor or if it’s just beer and wine, what type of drinks are available (e.g., is it a full open bar or do you just have signature cocktails/limited choices), season, where in Illinois, and probably other things I’m not listing here.

Post # 3
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

This was in line with the venues in my area (not sure where you are getting married).  

I know the wedding coordinator at one venue recommended having an open bar for the first 3-4 hours of a 5 hour reception as many people generally leave about that time and switching over to a pre-paid bar maximum (400 or so). That way we wouldn’t be paying per person for people not coming and would still allow others to drink as they wished. It definitely cut the price down for us in our quotes and we can always choose to add more if we reach the limit and people are still enjoying the bar. 

 

 

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

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futuremrsdavis28:  The term you are looking for is “Call” brands – common name brands, but non-premium.  I am in the mid-Atlantic, where weddings are fairly pricey.  My venue is fairly upscale.  My open bar is $42 per person for a 4 hour open bar with similar brands when you include sales tax and the caterer’s service charge.  

Post # 6
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Sugar bee

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futuremrsdavis28:  I grew up in the south suburbs and I think that’s an OK price considering it’s on NYE. It works out to a little more than what two drinks per hour per person would cost at a bar in the area, which is a lot of booze but people will probably drink that much on NYE (~5-6 drinks a person). I think it’s fair when taking into account the wedding surcharge that exists no matter when and where you’re getting married.

ETA: Is it at the Rialto?

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Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

I think that sounds about right.  My wedding was at a upscale and pretty expensive venue in the LA area (right on the ocean).  We paid $79 per person for 5 hours of the mid-level open bar, i.e., Ketel One, Don Julio, Black Label, JD, and whatnot.  My wedding was in July, so prime season.  

Post # 8
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Helper bee

I am in Toronto, Canada, we are being charged 55.00 /person for premium bar for the night (5 or 530-1am). 

how are you getting away with 4 hours of bar on NYE? (correct me if my math was off on that)  unless you are having dinner at 8 and cutting the bar off right after midnight I think you might need to add a coupe extra hours

Post # 10
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Newbee

My reception is going to be 3 hours. 1st hour full bar $15, last 2 hours beer and wine only $2/hr. So alcohol for my wedding will be $19/person. 

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2016 - Surfer\'s Beach, Grand Cayman

Ours is $8 pp per hour, but thats Canadian so it’s probably comparable or more even with the conversion. It will be open from 8-12.

Post # 12
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Busy bee

Big city in the midwest – $34 pp for 5 hours, top shelf with cordials. Thought it was a great steal.

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