(Closed) How to make the most of our (by consumption) bar budget?

posted 5 years ago in Reception
  • poll: How best to spend a 3K bar budget (for 110 guests)?
    full open bar for 2 hours and then beer/wine (with hard liquor for cash) for next 2 hours? : (2 votes)
    10 %
    beer/wine/signature cocktails for all 4 hours (with hard liquor available for cash)? : (15 votes)
    71 %
    full open bar for 4 hours (if this would even work with a 3K budget)? : (4 votes)
    19 %
    other : (0 votes)
  • Post # 3
    Member
    3968 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    Could you do just wine and beer? I think that’s a great compromise (what we’re doing ๐Ÿ™‚ ) An “open bar” just wine and beer the whole time, and anything else is cash? 

    Post # 4
    Hostess
    7561 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: January 2013

    I would do just wine and beer for all 4 hours. Having everything for two hours then just wine and beer for two hours would be kind of confusing for guests. Also I wouldn’t offer anything for cash as I don’t ever bring cash to a wedding. 

    Post # 6
    Member
    3968 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    @babycakes24:  I’m not sure about budget. There are some websites that help you calculate total drinks consumed… But honestly, if people want hard liquor in my opinion (coming from a not big drinker), if you want something above and beyond what’s in the budget, you’re coming to 1) my party and 2) if you’re worried about drunkenness then no hard liquor readily available just seems like a natural decision. Then again, I don’t think you need alcohol to have a great time. 

    Post # 7
    Member
    3968 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    Let’s say… 110 people (all adults) ALL drink 1 drink every hour. 4 hours  times 110 drinks (let’s do beer here) *5 dollars (assuming this includes taxes and grat) = $2200. With ALL wine, 4 *110 *8 = 3500. So assuming people do somewhere in the middle, it makes sense that it might work for $3000 without any hard liquor at all. 

    Post # 9
    Member
    3968 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    @babycakes24:  Yeah you can’t please everyone. I guess that’s why I’m more conservative with “if you want hard liquor you can pay for it.” The average person who wants to have a little alcohol will have maybe 2-3 wines or beers, enjoy themselves, and not let things get out of hand. To me (and this might be a controversial opinion), I understand the importance of alcohol, especially in some cultural/family expectations of “what a wedding is,” but guests should not be taking advantage of an open bar to fuel their blood alcohol percentage ๐Ÿ™‚ Beer and wine is a nice offering, and if anyone expects more than what you feel you can provide— PONY UP THE CASH ๐Ÿ™‚

    Post # 10
    Hostess
    8576 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2014

    I would do drink tickets, honestly. Maybe give each guests 3 tickets, and if they drink more than that, then its cash.

     

    Post # 12
    Member
    3968 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    @babycakes24:  You’re not charging for alcohol. You are hosting wine and beer. If people want something different, they can purchase it themselves. Hopefully they are not attending your wedding just for the free booze. I guess in terms of the bar, that’s why I’m like, if you really have a problem with my bar choices, you’re not here for the right reason ahaha

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