Post # 1
Just wondering how much your bar tab was at your wedding. We are having a little over two hundred people, and I’m wondering if anyone had a similar sized wedding with an open bar and how much that cost.
Post # 3
Are you talking about doing a tabulated bar? Because my venue wanted $10 per person per hour for open bar.
Also- I think this cost will really vary depending on where you are located. Perhaps post this question to your local board and see what people have to say:
Post # 4
I agree that the cost will depend on where you are located. I am getting married at a winery in the East San Francisco Bay Area, and the cost for our open bar will be $29.90 per adult for four hours of a full, open bar.
Post # 5
Does your venue charge you per head? Or does your venue charge you per consumption (how many bottles are consumed)? If you are charged “per head” you will know beforehand exactly what your bar bill will be. If you are charged by consumption, you will not know your bar tab until after the reception (when all has been consumed) – Scary!!! Our bar was consumption (it was not the best deal but we fell in LOVE with our venue!) We also had 220 guests.
Our bar tab was Out.Rage.Ous!!! 🙂 But we knew that would be the case – we had an open bar for 6.5 hours, ordered an insane top shelf bar selection, provided tons of champagne, wine service at dinner and champagne toast at every table. There would have been many ways we could have cut down our bar bill if we wanted to…
Post # 6
@MrsK2be – do you know how many drinks, on average, each guest consumed? I will also be doing a consumption bar and am trying to figure out # of drinks since pricing is so varied.
Post # 7
We’re having 300 and my caterer estimated that the bar tab would be about $4k for a moderate crowd (i.e., definitely drinking, but not getting wasted). We’re getting married in MT, though, where things seem to be a little less expensive.
Post # 8
We had 86 guests and they estimated we allow for $16-18 for each adult (we just did beer and wine). I was surprised to find that we drank less than expected and actually got a little credit from the estimate.
Post # 9
We did an open bar for 130 people and hired our own bartenders. Total tab= Just under $1000 with a few handles of alcohol left over. It came out to $7.70/head…
Post # 10
For me – our Upstate NY wedding, estimated for 200 guests, open bar, is at $7500.
Post # 11
We’re doing an open bar and our venue lets us bring our own liquor. Our friends are all lushes, though, so we’re going to end up spending a fortune. I’m guessing $2000-3000 and hoping that I’m at least in the right ballpark.
Post # 12
I think our beverage company is quoting $16 per person for 4 hours. Yowza.
Post # 13
Dang. Our venue has an open tap so we can buy a keg (approx $200) so we’ll buy a few of those. Most of the drinkers, drink beer anyways so we’ll do about $1500.
Post # 14
We’re spending $300 fron the caterer for a bar set up and bartender and we’ll be providing beer, wine, champagne, cider, sodas and water. I’m hoping to get everything at Costco – not sure how much we’ll end up spending…
Post # 15
@betagirl: I really have no idea what the average number of drinks consumed per hour was…but I tried to do the break down. Our bar tab breaks down to $7.00 per head/per hour. I don’t know if this helps you at all, but that’s all I’ve got 🙂 We knew that our consumption bar would be expensive for three reasons:
(1) Open, top shelf bar for 6.5 hours
(2) Many of our guests like to drink!
(3) Our club alcohol prices were steep to begin with!
I will say this: Our club gave us an estimate for our bar tab (based on previous weddings of similar size, bar options, length, etc.) and sadly, our tab was DOUBLE their estimate! So be careful relying on a venue’s “estimates”. After the wedding, my parents kind of felt like they used that number to entice us, knowing that it was probably on the low end…
Post # 16
Our bar tab was about $800 with liquor and we gave two bartenders (friends of a friend) $100 each. We had 120 people…so it was cheap!