(Closed) how many guests and bartenders?

posted 3 years ago in Logistics
Post # 2
440 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

one does not sound like enough.  we had 2 for 72 guests and sometimes things got a little backed up.  

Post # 3
3332 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

You will have a line with that.

I was rec’d 1 per 50 guests. For your numbers I would get a second one. If you keep the bar open (ie dont close it for dinner/reopen later) you’ll likely get less of a line because people can come and go as they please. Once you close/open it, there is a huge rush to get a drink before it closes and a huge rush to get one back when it opens. So just keeping it open will probably help.

Post # 4
1389 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2016

We actually had a coffee bar, but we had 115 guests and 2 baristas.

Post # 5
5862 posts
Bee Keeper

We had 100 guests, open bar with wine on the tables, and 2 bartenders. It depends on your crowd as well as numbers- if your guests tend to be light drinkers or beer drinkers, you could be fine with one. We had a number of people doing group shots (mixed shots like Sicilian kisses) so we definitely needed a second bartender to cover the bar while the other one made up a dozen or so shots. 

Post # 6
586 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2017

We’re expecting between 110 and 120 guests and our event staffing company requires two bartenders for that size.

It could also depend on what types of drinks you are serving. I imagine lines move more quickly when you’re serving just wine and beer vs. a full bar with mixed cocktails. I was recently at a wedding of about 200 guests and they had three bartenders. Things never got terribly backed up, but they only served wine and beer (and the beer was served in the bottles). So, things moved quickly.

Post # 7
2528 posts
Sugar bee

We had 300 guests. 

2 open bars, 4 bartenders and wines and champagne on the tables.

From what I saw, there wasn’t any lines.

Post # 8
1115 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2017 - Mississauga Convention Centre

We are having 600 guests, with two open bars and three bartenders per bar.

Post # 9
4037 posts
Honey bee

My daughter’s venue recommended 1 per 50 guests, which would have been 4 for the 225 who attended. I ended up paying for 2 more, for the night, to avoid lines. When people were entering the cocktail hour room, from the ceremony room, 2 of the 6 bartenders already had pre-poured white and red wine, to offer guests, which really cut down on the initial line/clog.

Post # 10
654 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

150 guests and two bartenders who were very efficient!

Post # 11
552 posts
Busy bee

We are having 2 for about 150 guests, but our venue says if we drop under 100, they will only give us 1 bartender.

Post # 12
9806 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2016

We had 60 guests and 2 bartenders

Post # 14
1661 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

We’re having 2 for 60 people.

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