Post # 1
My fiancee and I are getting married and the venue requires us to have a bartender with a TAMS card (bartending licence). It a beer (kegs) and wine only bar, and she’ll be there from 3pm – 10pm, but the actual bartending won’t start until 5pm. She won’t be allowed to put out a tip jar, but I’m guessing some people will give her tips anyway. She doesn’t have a price in mind, so I’m trying to figure out what to pay her.
I feel like either $100 or $150 is the right amount, but I’m not sure. Thoughts?
Post # 3
I am going off my experience in the catering and food service business, I think that $150 is a fair and appropriate number.
Post # 4
@Flyin_Brian: Most catering/venue places I’ve looked at charge around $175 for a bartender. If she’s not allowed a tip jar, I’d think the price would be more.
Post # 5
I am a bartender. On a good night, 4 hour shift, I make $400 in tips. A slow night would be around $200. I would say it would depend on how many guests you have. I tip the bartender when I go out, $1-$3 per drink depending on service, attentiveness and friendlieness. But I also know how much a wedding costs. I would say her make her come up with a figure and work from there.
Post # 6
I think it also depends on where you are. In my area (DC), bartenders get paid a lot. I would say probably about $200 for one bartender for the night might be on the average side.
Post # 7
The bartender my caterer offers is $20/hr, so I think $150 is fair, for 7hours-ish but I would add a little extra for tips (if your guests don’t tip).
Post # 8
I used to be a bartender, and I wouldn’t work a 7+ hour shift for less than $200, unless it was for a friend or I was currently unemployed otherwise. Even bartending at a casual family restraurant, I took home more than that in tips for every PM shift. Kegs and wine wouldn’t make a difference for me, since mixing drinks was more fun and made the job more enjoyable.
You should really make her come up with at least a range of what she considers reasonable before deciding, and I wouldn’t even mention $50 as an option. Though if she’s brand new and has never worked but has gotten her license, it might be a different situation.