(Closed) need help for open bar pretty please ; o )

posted 6 years ago in Food
  • poll: what would be your bar budget?
    $300.00 : (0 votes)
    $500.00 : (4 votes)
    11 %
    $800.00 : (0 votes)
    $1,000 : (33 votes)
    89 %
  • Post # 4
    7779 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper

    I think $1000 is reasonable. That’s what we were going to do before we decided on a venue that included the bar in the pp amount with dinner.

    Post # 5
    8438 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper

    $1000 for the bar but I think you guys should tip the bartender and ask her not to have a tip jar out. Is the bar tender an employee or does she own the company etc? If she owns the company I would give a small tip if the service was good- if they are an employee then I would just do the stanard tip for a bartender in your area but more if they provided stellar service.

    Post # 6
    5763 posts
    Bee Keeper

    Our bar bill for 85 guests was $1500., which was a full open bar for 5 hours.

    I asked that no tip cups be out on the bars, and tipped each bartender $100.

    Post # 7
    13015 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I would do $1000 at the very minimum, honestly, but in my circle, cash bars are not done, so my opinion is a bit biased.

    Personally, I would recommend not having a tip jar out because it looks kind of cheap.  My caterer actually forbids the bartender to put tip jars out on the precedence that they are already being paid, and the hosts can opt to tip them at the end of th evening.  I agree with what @ItWasntMe: suggested – tell them no tip jars, and give them $100 at the end of the night.

    Post # 8
    95 posts
    Worker bee

    For 5 hours… 

    $1000 is 3 alcoholic drinks and one soft drink each for 100 people. I think that’d be a minimum. Less than a drink an hour… Depends how much/how quickly your guests drink. I would assume this would probably only last 3 hours tops. But that gets people through to 9 anyway…

    Post # 9
    2981 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    A $1K bar sounds pretty reasonable, but I wouldn’t bring the budget lower than that. Our venue forbid the use of tip jars, so we just tipped the bartenders ourselves. My reception was about 85 people all together and the bar opened at 5 and reception lasted till 10, so as long as yours will be. If I remember correctly, the final tab was a little over $1k, but some families like to indulge a little more than others.

    Post # 10
    1361 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    We capped our open bar at $4K for about 100 people for 5 hours.  The venue said that’s probably higher than we need, but we wanted to be safe and that’s how much we budgeted for.  I can tell you in 27 days whether that was enough!

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