(Closed) How to budget for drinks?

posted 6 years ago in Reception
Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

are you planning to have an open bar?  If not, you can always provide beer and wine only and you can give the catering a cap amount on alcohol.  Once it hit that amount, then they can’t serve alcohol. 

 

In my opinion, open bar is very hard to estimate as some people once hear there is open bar, they keep getting drinks without finishing the one in hand.  I have seen it with my own eyes. 

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

We provided the liquor for our bar and I guessed 4 hard drinks and 1 glass of wine per person.  I was WAYYYYYYYY over on that guess.  I still have wedding alcohol left over.  People drank a lot of Moscato, not a lot of Pinot Grigio and about 2 hard drinks per person rather than 4.  I’m just glad I bought the liquor and get the leftovers.  We always have a bottle to bring to parties!  Haha!

 

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

In another thread someone said to estimate 1 drink per hour for each person over 21. It seemed smart, that is usually my mental limit… Especially if is free to me… Plus if people do t drink that much then you have extra money! 🙂

Post # 8
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Newbee
  • Wedding: December 2012

At my sisters wedding we paid per drink since half of the people were not the drinking type, Average was around 6 drinks per person that did drink!

 

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

We are estimating about $50 per person which will give about 6 alcoholic drinks per person. I know some people are going to go nuts and drink about 10 standard drinks and I know some wont have any more than 1-2 so it should last the 6 hours. Once the bar tab runs out I was planning on putting more money on, but only for non alcoholic drinks. If people want to get plastered, they can pay for it!

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Hmm, in that case I think your best bet is to do a soft bar, meaning beer and wine, no hard liquor. And do a certain amount, after which it becomes a cash bar. Sounds like your budget is pretty fixed. For wine we are ordering our wine and paying corkage fees. There is a bottle of wine we love that ordered in bulk we can get for $6 a bottle even with the $10 corkage it’s still cheaper than the venues least expensive at $19/bottle. It stretches our alcohol budget a bit. Would that work for you?

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