(Closed) How much was your open bar?

posted 6 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Worker bee

We are paying $57/person, on a Friday.  Would be $62/person, on Saturday.  It includes dinner and open bar.  So you’re basically paying $96/person.  It’s up to you, but I think that’s a lot and you can do better.

2 drinks an hour is easy for a lot of people, I usually do about 3-4 in a cocktail hour (I’m a lush, so what?)

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2012

I think ours is $8.00 per person.  We’re paying $60.00 pp but only $52.00 for people under 21 

ETA – top shelf

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

The open bar section of my bill was $55/person for 5 hours and included the cocktail hour hors d’ouevres. That was about 1/3 of the total bill. If we hadn’t gotten a package, the premium bar alone without the hors d’ouevres was still $55/person.

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

Some people drink a lot, other’s don’t drink anything, so it sort of evens out by just saying 2/person/hr. You have to remember they don’t know the crowd. I know that doesn’t help though 🙁 Alcohol is expensive!

Post # 7
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

We opted for beer/wine/signature cocktail for $16/person.  For the full bar it would be an extra $7 more, so $23/person. This is completely separate from dinner & apps, in case you’re wondering.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

So far, we’ve mostly been quoted $100-120pp open bar for 4-5 hours, not always top shelf. 

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

We went with a mid-grade 4-hour package of $15.95/pp (beer, wine, call brand liquors) in plasticware….glassware was an added $5/person and that seemed unneccessary.  The top package my venue offered was $21/hour and that was beer, wine, and top shelf.  $50+/pp for alcohol seems excessive; especially when you have to pay that rate for people who can’t/won’t drink.

Post # 10
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2011

Ours was $20 per person for 5 hours.  That was the upgraded bar package but not the top shelf package. 

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

We opted for unlimited beer/wine/champagne and that was $25/pp. Adding well liquor to that would have been $32/pp, and top shelf was $40/pp. That was on top of the $60/pp for one our app station, dinner, and nonalcoholic drinks.

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

Ours would have been an additional $21/pp  + $150 per bartender (1 bartender for each 75 guests was their “recommendation”) for 3 hours of open bar service.

We are having an intimate wedding – like 25 guests.  2 will not drink AT ALL (AA) 1 will not drink due to other health issues (Huntington’s Disease) and the 4the is the wife of the gentleman with Huntington’s disease.  4 are “adults” but not drinking age…. since the “open bar includes mixers and frozen drinks – the $21/pp fee is charged for anyone over 18.

When we did the math it meant they would have to drink MORE than 4 drinks per hour x 3 hours to balance out.  We are having a daytime reception, so I’m not sure people are going to be slamming vodka cranberrys at more than 4 per hour between 1pm – 4pm on a Wednesday….lol 🙂

Basically we wold have been paying $21/pp x 8people*not*drinking*alcohol = $168 x 3hrs = or an additional $500 for NOTHING.  Multiply this x a larger wedding and that’s just ridiculous.

What they are letting us do is a “hosted bar”.  It “appears” the same to the guest as an open bar, except we just “run a tab” and are charged per drink at the end of the night……  mixed drinks, wine and frozen beverages would be $5.  Beer would be $3 and soda $1

This seemed better to us – and we aren’t even in a high cost area….. so I can’t imagine.

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

@3xaCharm:  We almost did the hosted bar, but actually got talked out of it by our DOC. Basically, she warned us that people will sit down half-empty drinks to hit the dance floor, or just plain wander off and forget about them, then just go get a new one since they aren’t paying for them (same with sodas, etc). She said the majority of the time the tab is much higher than expected. Just something to think about, we were set on hosted bar until about a week before the reception when she mentioned this. I had never even THOUGHT about the half finished drink thing before she mentioned it!

Edit: Aaaand I missed the part about the daytime wedding because I fail at reading. Probably not as big of a concern for you. But for anyone else thinking hosted bar, something to keep in mind!

Post # 14
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Newbee

$47/pp for dinner and 6 hour open bar is included

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 1993

Ours was consumption-based and was $4500 for what I would guess was around 50 drinkers.

Post # 16
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2014

Our venue offers an open bar for 4 hours and it’s $29/pp. Each additional hour is $10/pp. 

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