Post # 17
Not all open bars are consumption. Ours was a flat per head fee per hour. For 69 people, it was about $2800 for 5 hours. We had upper shelf liquors and some really amazing wine we selected, though. Could have gone way cheaper.
Post # 18
I know everyone says cash bar is not cool, but I have been to SOOO many weddings that did that. It cuts your cost down, and I think people drink less. It’s a wedding so they are still going to drink and have a good time even if they have to pay for it. Good luck with your decision!
Post # 19
One thing you have to keep in mind is where these Bees are from: drinks in some parts of the country are WAAAYY cheaper than in Boston. My friend got married in Kansas and she did open bar by consumption, but the drinks were only $2…
Post # 20
- Wedding: September 2014 - Lodge
Our venue only allows beer, wine or champagne (no hard liquor). So we’ll be buying it all before hand (they don’t have an actual bar there) and when it runs out, it runs out.
Post # 21
My bar tab was $1009 for 39 people.
That included a champagne toast, which we paid by the bottle ($45) and for staff to serve ($90), then all the drinks at the bar. We served top shelf liquor, liquers, and local and imported beers (I saw a LOT of bottles of Oberon on tables). We were charged $5 or less per drink depending what they had.
Post # 22
@sweetiejewels: Great question! Thanks for asking it! I have been wondering the same.
Post # 23
I paid a flat per person price for our open bar — I wish we had gone with a consumption bar, it would have been cheaper (everyone said they were too busy dancing to drink much). We did a consumption bar for the rehersal and our money went way further than I thought it would. I think around $750? was enough for 50 odd people for around 3-4 hours — I think drinks were around average ($4-6? each). We know plenty who aren’t scared to drink. Just pick a number you are comfy with, and have them tell you when you are getting close to hitting it. You can always up the limit. Your money goes further the later in the night it is — most of the drinking ends up happening at the beginning (cocktail hour, dinner).
Our bar ended about an hour or so before the end of the reception and I don’t think anyone even noticed. Either the bartenders just kept going, or people had had their fill.
Post # 24
It’s really going to depend on what you’re serving!
We had beer and wine only (it was at a wine tasting room). The wines were about $18-25 a bottle, and they offered us a 10% bulk discount. With 80 people, we came out to about $900. We budgeted $2500!! 🙂
Post # 24
kaitybug: Thanks for your numbers for comparison purposes. That was a long reception with more guests that I’m having, so it makes me feel better. How much was beer and wine individually?
Post # 25
kelmac: 7 to 8 hours?! Wow! That’s a steal! Was is a set cost per person?
Post # 26
- Wedding: March 2014 - Chicago, IL
We had top shelf for 20 people. It was $700.