(Closed) How much are you spending on alcohol at the wedding?

posted 7 years ago in Reception
Post # 17
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

We can bring in our own alcohol. Planning on getting 3 cases of white/red wine, 1 keg, and around 10 handles of liquor And a few mixers and soft drinks. We’re having around 110 people. We’re budgeting $600, hopefully less!

Post # 18
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Our reception is at a vineyard, no liquor allowed- just wine, beer and Champaign.

We are also serving sangria.

Our guest list is small, so we were able to keep everything at priemium quality, top shelf quality Champaign and three cases of good aged wine, fresh sangreia and imported beer for 41 guests for 5 hours- 1200$.

Post # 19
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

It looks like we’ll be going with full open bar for first two hours and then hosted beer/wine/non-alcoholic for the remainder of the night (with the hard liquor still available for cash if people want it).  We’re also having a champagne toast…no per person drink packages are offered, nor can we bring in our own…my guess is we’ll be at around $3500.

Post # 20
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Our open bar is $27 per person. 50 adults (est.) = $1350 * 21% service charge (yikes!) = 1633.50 * 6% tax = 1731.51.

What stinks is that about half of the people invited don’t even drink much (or at all), but I’m just having the open bar for those who do.

Post # 21
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

in the uk. £10 per person (58 guests) for 1 glass bucks fizz, 1 glass of wine with meal and 1 glass sparkling wine for toast. 

Post # 22
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

We found a great bartender who is charging us $250 for the entire 5 hours and we decided he would make out better with a tip jar rather than charging us $1-$2 per head. We are questioning how much liquor we will need for a completly open bar (Patron, Grey Goose, Bacardi, Absolut, etc.) for approx. 50 people who will be drinking.

 

Does anyone have any idea?

Post # 23
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013 - Pavilion overlooking golf course scenery, reception at banquet hall

It is not common to have an open bar in my area, so for our ~100 guests we are hosting…

Cash bar: 4 hours with the main bartender all night, and 1 hour with a backup bartender for cocktail hour: $125
Champagne toast: $300
Keg of Coors Light, about 180 cups, or at least two per guest (several of our guests are either children or do not drink): $250

Then add in the mandatory 20% gratuity and it adds up to about $800.

Post # 24
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

We have 50 guests. We’re doing a cash bar because it’s a daytime wedding and didn’t think an open bar was necessary, and we’re supplying two bottles of wine per every 6-8 people (about 2 drinks each). It costs about $250.

Post # 25
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

We can BYO so will buy some really nice wine and champagne.We are looking to spend about $3500 for 70 guests. 

Post # 26
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

In Aus – at this stage we’re going to put $3000 on the bar – we’re having 50 guests, so it works out to be 7.5 drinks per guest, i know some will have more and some will have less, when it runs out people can just buy their own. I’m a little worried as it’s not customary in our area to have an open bar, normally beer and wine is hosted and guests buy their own spirits so i’m really hoping people don’t go crazy and it doesn’t run out too quickly!

 

Post # 27
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

I don’t even know how bad ours is going to be… the minimum spend for our venue is $22000 which includes food at $149 pp and an included drinks package with optional extras – given we only have about 100 people attending we’re likely to use the extras!  Knowing my dad he’s going to be pulling for NZ wine so I honestly don’t know what it’s going to come to.  My parents are spoiling me rotten for this even, I can’t begin to express how grateful I am to them for all of this.  Dad won’t even let me think about it, he’s basically handling the whole venue side of things (when it comes to the $$ anyway). 

Post # 28
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

At the venue my fiance and I chose, we can bring our own wine and beer. So I believe either A: I can get my relatives to pay for alcohol and I won’t have to pay for any of it. Or B: if I do pay for it, between $50-100 at the max.

Post # 29
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

We are being charged per-drink for about 6-7 hours of open bar. We are estimating about $4500 for our 130 guests plus we spent $790 on making our own wine for dinner.

Post # 30
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Newbee
  • Wedding: April 2014

We’re having an open bar for beer and wine, and then giving out our guests 2 drink tickets for our “signature cocktails” ……mine is sex on the beach and my fiances is white russian 🙂 good luck on your decision!

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