(Closed) How much did your guests drink?

posted 5 years ago in Reception
  • poll: Average drinks per person:
    3 : (0 votes)
    4 : (0 votes)
    5 : (2 votes)
    25 %
    6 : (3 votes)
    38 %
    7 : (2 votes)
    25 %
    8 : (0 votes)
    9 : (0 votes)
    10+ : (1 votes)
    13 %
  • Post # 3
    Member
    14 posts
    Newbee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    I haven’t had my wedding yet, but I tried to estimate how much each person on our guest list would drink. My FI’s friends/family drink a lot more than my side do. I compared this to the cost of the full bar pacakge. It was never worth it to get the flat rate bar package. By a long shot. Not even close. My estimated overall average was around 4 drinks per person. That being said, there were quite a few guests on my side who don’t drink at all.

    Even the venue coordinator advised that she’s never seen it worth it and the flat rate bar package at our venue was just $35/person, especially if it doesn’t include drinks during the dinner portion. It might be worth it if your guests are big drinkers or like premium liquors and the bar package may include these (not sure in your case?) but that doesn’t sound like your situation.

    If it’s in your budget, I would go for the full host consumption bar. $5 a drink is actually pretty good.

    I’ve been to one wedding where the couple partially subsidized the drinks so the alcoholic beverages were cheaper. That was okay. But if you can do it within your budget, I would recommend the full host consumption bar.

    Post # 4
    Hostess
    2999 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2014

    In this case I would choose option #3 for you, seems to be the most cost effective! That way you’re not paying premium price for those people who just want 1 drink at a wedding.  I’m an average drinker who likes to drink at weddings and I would say I would drink 6 drinks and maybe 2 pops at your wedding, I would cost $34 as opposed to the $39/pp option.

    Post # 5
    Member
    7904 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

    Most people drink 1 drink per hour, some will dinrk twice that, some will drink none. If your crowd in general likes to drink, then the flat fee is probably better than the consumption. Plus, people abandon drinks oftena nd try new things when there is an open bar and so someone might drink 7 drinks but order 12.

    Why do you need to do something else during dinner? Most wedding dinners have iced tea and water table service and guests can go off to the bar if they want a drink.

    ETA: with the fixed bar, at least you know the cost. You may come out ahead or not, but at least you can budget for it. With either twoonie or consumption, you could be surprised with a much bigger bill than you expected. What if your guests average 10 drinks a person? Will you be able to absorb that cost on your wedding night when it’s time to pay the bar bill?

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