How much are you spending on alcohol at the wedding?

posted 5 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Were allowed to bring our own alcohol in (and can return anything not opened). Currently, were planning on spending about $1,500-$2000 for a cocktail hour and open bar. 

Alternatives to an open bar are: having a signature drink, beer and wine only or just wine at the tables (Besides the obvious cash bar)

Post # 4
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Honey bee

We are allowed to bring our own alcholol. We also have a friend that own’s a liquor store, so he is generously allowing us to pay the “at cost” price. 

We have budgeted $450 for wine, beer and sangria for 80 people. That will be enough for about 4-5 drinks per person of drinking age. I am pretty happy with that cost ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2014

We’re based in the UK. we’re spending $7,000. That includes:

2 glasses of buck’s fizz, 1/2 bottle of wine (or two bottles of cider or lager), and 1 glass of champagne, for 54 day guests

Soft drinks for 5 day guests

Water on the tables

$3,750 behind the bar for the evening reception (90-100 guests) to be spent on soft drinks, some single spirits and mixers, house wine by the glass, and beer/lager/cider. If guests want anything extra, like cocktails/champagne/spirits they will have to pay, and when it runs out, it runs out (should HOPEFULLY last most of the night).

 

So, quite a lot for what we’re getting. We’d have loved a fully-open bar but would have been looking at probably $10k just for that, with day drinks on top, due to drink prices where we live.

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I sadly cannot bring in any a alcholol to my venue.  We are only charged on a per drink basis which is nice but our budget for deinkss for arond 100 guests is around $2500+.

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

$0 for the reception and whatever it costs for a keg of beer for the day-after pig roast.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2001

I am giving each of my guests 2 or 3 drink tickets. Each round is $1200 at my venue. Some say its rude to have a cash bar but I can’t afford all the drinks. 

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

We are having our wedding at our home, so obviously have to purchase all of our own alcohol.  We’re having just over 100 people, and are having 2 signature drinks and beer.  We came up with somewhere around 10-15 cases of beer.  A couple hundred bucks, not bad!

Post # 10
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

We spent about $3,000 for a premium open bar for the entire night for 130 guests

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2014

Urgh this thread is depressing me already lol. 

Post # 12
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

We had a 4 hour open bar at $27 per person.

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Ours is 5 hr open bar with beer, wine, premium mixed drinks, cosmos/margaritas/daiquiris at $14 person so for 300 people it’s $4200

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

We’re buying two kegs and several bottles of wine. It should only be around $200 all together! We have a bartender from our catering company that is going to bartender for us!

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@MayaM85:  we will have around 80 guests. Our reception is being held at a vineyard and wine will be provided for free. We will be buying beer, soda, and bottled water, and don’t plan on spending more than $300-400. 

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

About $2,500 for a premium open bar for our 100 guests for the whole night. That includes 8 or so different wines, 12 different beers, champagne and a signature cocktail (our venue doesn’t allow hard alcohol because of county rules).

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