Post # 1
We’re inviting 225 people and I am guessing half of them will drink. I want to host open bar for at least 3 hours but I’m not sure how much to put down. I’ve used the alcohol calculators and such, but it comes out to $7,000! yikes! I’m hoping that’s a lie:)
How much did you spend for how long and how many people?
Post # 3
Does your venue offer a per person deal. My venue is charging $25pp + tax for top shelf. Maybe you can limit the selection of alcohol, or just have wine and beer. Also factor out all those under 21 if you are having kids at the reception.
Post # 4
We had 220 guests with a full open bar for 5 hours and with service charge and sales tax our bar bill cane out to about 6700. Check with your venue and see if they offer hourly pricing or maybe do full hosted for cocktail hour and a limited hosted bar for the rest of the time (beer, wine & soda)
Post # 5
- Wedding: August 2009 - St. Thomas of Villanova Church & the F.U.E.L. House
We’re buying all our own booze, and we’re estimating it’ll be close to about $1,000 for our 80-ish person wedding. I’ll share more details with the hive when I have them!
Post # 6
We bought all our own but only spent aobut $700 on 120 guests. We had a keg of bud light, 2 double barrels of red wine, 24 bottles of white wine, and 3 cocktails–a gin and tonic (for the boys, teehee), a blueberry passion fizz (vodka, sprite, blueberry passion schnapps), and a blackberry peachtini (blackberry liquor, peach nectar and vodka). We had a large handle of gin (tanqueray, we don’t mess around) and 2 handles of vodka (skyy? can’t remember but it was good stuff)
All we had left was 1 bottle of red wine and 12 bottles of white wine
Post # 7
We just got the quote yesterday for the bar! We have max. 150 guests. We’re not doing open bar, but serving 3 types of beer, red and white wine and will have 2 speciality cocktails – one rum based, one bourbon based. It ended up being $12 per person and including glassware the total is about $2000. Our wedding is a Monday night so while we wanted to provide free alcohol to our guests we didn’t feel the need to provide a complete open bar.
Post # 8
this was mrs. bee’s take on her open bar (they hosted for 7 hours and she said a lot of her guests were drinkers):
Mrs. Bee’s Alcohol/Drinks
We had a lot of heavy drinkers at our wedding. Mr. Bee’s friend owns Starr African Rum, so he donated a case that we used to create two signature cocktails. Most of our guests drank those signature cocktails all night long, which enabled us to save a ton of money on alcohol!
Bar: K&D Liquor Price: $2000, but refunded approx $1k for unopened bottles that were returned.
96 person wedding
- 4 bottles Vodka
- 2 bottles Gin
- 2 bottles Bourbon
- 2 bottles Scotch
- 2 bottles Sour Apple Schnapps
- 2 bottles Triple Sec
- 2 bottles Dry Vermouth
- 2 bottles Sweet Vermouth
- 1 bottle Baileys
- 1 bottle Amaretto
- 1 bottle Kahlua
- 1 bottle Chambord
- 1 case Champagne (for the toast)
- 2 cases Champagne (the good stuff for drinking)
- 3 cases Chardonnay
- 3 cases Cabernet Sauvignon
- 2 cases Corona
- 2 cases Heineken
- 2 cases Amstel Light
- 6 bottle Starr African Rum (donated by Mr. Bee’s friend)
i got the info from the bees’ budget series here: source
Post # 9
- Wedding: June 2010 - Tannery Pond at the Darrow School
I have budgeted about $4,000 for alcohol for a 175 person wedding where the vast majority will be drinking…More than likely, we will be buying it ourselves from like, Costco or something so hopefully that will cut down on the price but then we also have to pay for 2 bartenders…