(Closed) How much does open bar typically cost?

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Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2016

48$ per person for middle grade full bar. Im in Tennessee. 

Post # 17
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Blushing bee

If we do the bar package, it’s about $45 per person for 5 hours of beer and wine. 

We are likely going to opt for the consumption based bar option because the majority of our guests are not heavy drinkers. My venue didn’t advertise the consumption based option, but they are willing to do it. 

Post # 18
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Worker bee

We are doing a beer and wine bar for 3 hours, and then after that a cash bar. I think it’s a fair comprimise. That is $800. For open bar at our venue it would have been atleast a couple grand (we live in a less expensive area).

Post # 19
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2017

One of our catering choices open bar package is $20 pp which is liquor, wine, beer, soft drinks and a champagne toast for 4 hours. For top shelf liquor it’s $25 pp. 

We do not want an open bar until after our sit-down dinner, so only for 2 of the 4 hours, so we are going to try and negotiate the price down a little.

We are offering a signature cocktail during cocktail hour and then wine on the table during dinner – this should keep our guests happy while keeping our costs down.

We’re in Miami btw.

Post # 20
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2017

We’re paying $30 per person and we have about 130 guests so if you do the math it’s about $4000. It’s 3 hours open far and the venue included one hour open bar for cocktail hour so we have 4 hours open bar

Post # 21
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2016

A 4 hour hosted bar ranges from $18/pp – $26/pp for beer/wine (premium and luxury options) or $22/pp – $30/pp for House to Luxury bar.

We are doing consumption, betting people are going to drink less than doing the 4 or 5 hour hosted bar price above. They are able to not stock the super good stuff like Patron or Grey Goose. We calculated it out and max drink price is $10/drink down to $4-$5 for a beer so we’re taking the gamble.

We’ve calculated maybe $2k but ready for $3k for 100 adults, 7 kids/pregnant. Soda/juice/bottled waters are $2-$3 each. 

Post # 22
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Busy bee

Our Open Bar is $31.50 pp for Brand name. $27.50 for Call. It’s more than the food package!!!

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Post # 23
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Buzzing bee

Clairetoris:  Weddings are expensive, and if you are on a budget then I don’t see how your guests can think they are entitled to drinks. We priced it out and it was an extra 2,000. Now that might not mean a lot to some, but for me, and I want a wedding under 10,000 it be expensive.

Do you have the option of buying a keg or wine at they can serve behind the bar and once its done its done. WE priced this out adn came to 700 bucks. way cheaper. And then people can pay for their drinks.

Post # 24
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

We had an open bar for about 120 guests and it came to around £3,000. We didn’t include spirits though, just beer, wine and soft drinks. I was worried that people would take the p**s but no one did. 

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