(Closed) Married Bees…How much was your open bar tab?

posted 9 years ago in Reception
  • poll: How much was your open bar tab?
    Under $1500 : (10 votes)
    26 %
    $1500-$2500 : (11 votes)
    29 %
    $2500-$3500 : (5 votes)
    13 %
    $3500-$4500 : (3 votes)
    8 %
    $5,000+ : (7 votes)
    18 %
    Nothing, I did a cash bar! : (2 votes)
    5 %
  • Post # 17
    10363 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2010

    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
    111 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    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
    8 posts
    • Wedding: June 2014

    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
    3415 posts
    Sugar bee
    • 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
    3697 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    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 # 23
    1423 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2009

    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
    853 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    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
    104 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: March 2015

    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
    104 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: March 2015

    kelmac:  7 to 8 hours?! Wow! That’s a steal! Was is a set cost per person?

    Post # 26
    9764 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: March 2014 - Chicago, IL

    We had top shelf for 20 people. It was $700.

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