Post # 1
Our venue is allowing us to pay a tab at the end rather than paying 25 dollars a person.
How much should we expect to pay?
Bottled Beer is 3.00 a piece
Wine is typically 4.00 a glass but we are buying cases ahead of time for a 10% discount
Hard Alcohol 5.00 a drink ( excluding extremely high end alcohol)
Our wedding is at a winery and they do not allow kegged/draft beer -it is next October so here’s to hoping they change that policy. Until then — I need to figure out how to do this!
We are having 220 guests…. 30 are kids, and I can only count 8 adults who wouldnt drink a single thing. We are young, and most of our friends and family drink quite a bit….
In my experience, a wedding with an open bar is much more fun – i dance all night, and i stay til the end. I would like to offer an open bar all night but I would also not like to pay 5000 dollars! is there any way I can limit this somehow without ruining the night? Or to any of you that are married – have a situation like this? Could you tell me how much of a bar bill you had?
Post # 3
There was a bar tab calculator a while back where you could rank guests by how much they’d likely drink (heavy, medium, light drinkers, etc.) and input prices and types of alcohol for a pretty good estimate. Generally, I think the wisdom is to assume two drinks per person for the first hour, and one an hour after that. You might want to think about what your guests like to drink and how much they’d likely drink, then compare that cost to the cost of just paying the $25 a head.
Post # 4
Those drink prices are very inexpensive which is great. I think with 190 people who are able to drink and $4 being the average cost of a drink, I would estimate around $2,300. That is half of what you would pay if you paid open bar per person.
Post # 5
@klb2748: Since the average cost is 4 per drink I will use that for the cost of drinks.
when talking with vendors they said estimate for everyone 2 drinks the first hour and 1 each additional hour. Some will drink more and others will drink less so this is an average
For a 5 hour reception
190 * 6 * 4 = $4,560
Post # 6
- Wedding: October 2010 - The Atlantic Beach Club
It’s so hard to say. It definitely depends on the crowd. I asked our venue for an estimate and we ended up doubling it. But, we also had a very young crowd at our wedding. So without knowing what your crowd will be like, it’s really hard to say. But if you have a younger crowd you can typically expect a higher bill.
Post # 7
My venue charge a flat $2k for the unlimited open bar with 2 bartenders for 6 hours (includes top shelf stuff). We are paying the gratuities on top of that, so our guests can just enjoy themselves. See if your venue has a flat rate and how much? If not, do what my friend does and have it open for the cocktail hours, close it during part of dinner and open it again later. Make sure you have non alcoholic beverages available throughout the night. This way you will split the cost with your guests who are heavy drinkers.
Post # 8
@klb2748:I would just do an open bar . Save yourself the shock at when you get your bar tab…I am a bartender and trust me when its free people drink.. and well drinkers soon become top shelf drinkers.. and if someone sets a drink down and forgets it , they just get another.. be careful you could be in for the shock of your life 🙂