Lets Talk Open Bar!!

posted 2 years ago in Reception
Post # 16
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251 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

I would do the unlimited and 500 mixed drinks. That sounds like a good deal and is easier than switching to a cash bar (as people get more drunk, not a good time to switch things up). The prices actually sound pretty reasonable. 

Our venue let us bring in alcohol so we offered several types of beer and wine, and champagne.. we didn’t do liquor because of licensing issues (would have been a separate license where we are from, and an additional cost – we just didn’t want to mess with it).. not that helpful but if I was in your situation I would just do the unlimited and 500 mixed drinks. 

Post # 17
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246 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2019

Our venue has a BYOB option where we bring in our booze, and they hire the bartenders to serve it. It’s  $10 pp for just beer and wine and $13 pp for beer, wine, and liquor, which is the option we are leaning towards. I’m estimating about 2k for our open bar for a little over 100 guests. 

 

Post # 18
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

Ours will cost $1,124 for 70 people. We chose an unlimited  pop, wine, and beer package. (Juice, coffee, and tea are also included.) We are having a cash bar for liquor. 

Post # 19
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2016

We did an open bar but on consumption vs the $30ish pp for unlimited and lucked out. Ended up $1400 total (drinks only cost) for 108 ppl, I think there weren’t a ton of drinkers and we even planned out these ppl will drink a lot vs moderate and light. Your mixed drink prices are really low, ours we capped at $10 with the liquor tier vs we didn’t offer top tier which would have been $12/mixed drink.

I say go for the 500 mixed, that’s about 3.34 drinks per person average which is a bit high IMO. There will be a lot of ppl who just get a glass or wine or only 1 drink, but depends on your crowd.

Post # 20
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Newbee
  • Wedding: December 2018

Our venue gave us the option for BYOB. We’re planning on purchasing our items at Costco and having an open bar with a bartender from the staff. 

Post # 21
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6591 posts
Bee Keeper

We did an open bar but brought in our own liquor. 

We had 60 guests (and 20 staying an additional day before/after that we included liquor for) – total was under $2k. Realistically it probably worked out to about $25 pp for the open bar because of all the liquor drank before/after the wedding lol. Bar tenders were another $400 I believe. 

Post # 22
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870 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

How many guests?

We had an unlimited open bar priced on consumption (and $25 for every bottle of wine opened) and our tab was about $1100 (including tax and tip) for 25 folks in the NYC area. and these folks don’t shy away from the booze.

Post # 23
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

Like many other PP’s we are bringing our own alcohol. It will be probably right around $2,000 including 2 bartenders and kegs, champagne, red and white wine, and alcohol for mixed drinks.

I would do the unlimited and 500 mixed drinks.

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