- 6 years ago
- Wedding: July 2013
Okay, so Fiance and I debated about this for a while, but to have the bartender come in and bring their own alcohol and charge us per drink would be a lot more expensive vs. if we provided the alcohol and mixers up front, so this is what we’re opting to do. Our local liquor store does a buy one get one free sale on Dec. 30 every year so we’re going to stock up then. We’re buying middle shelf liquor, we CAN go top shelf, but I figure most people will be okay with middle shelf. (If not, please let me know!)
Right now, this is what we figured we’ll buy – 175 guests (150 legal adults):
Red Wine: 18 bottles ($200)
White Wine: 18 bottles ($200)
Champagne: 35 bottles ($400) (only one glass per adult for toast)
Beer: 312 bottles ($300)
**The following are 1 liter bottles** (Prices include the buy one get one)
Vodka: 8 bottles ($80)
Gin: 4 bottles ($40)
Rum: 4 bottles ($40)
Tequilla: 6 bottles ($120)
Scotch: 4 bottles ($50)
Then: 20 bottles sweet and sour, 20 bottles margarita mix, 26 bottles club soda, 12 bottles tonic, 10 bottles of OJ, 5 bottles of olive juice, 10 bottles vermouth and plenty of soda and water.
If purchased seperately Grand Total: $2000, + $500 bartender fee for 2 bartenders for 5 hours + tip for both — $2500 (plus tip)
If full bar, pay by drink (pre pay ONLY): 150 adults, x 5 drinks each at $6 a drink (seriously… $6/drink INCLUDING wine, 1/2 glass champenge, and beer they said they “averaged” it) – $4500 + $500 bartender fee for 2 bartenders + tip for both
$5000 (plus tip)
We have to go with the bartender approved by our venue, which there is only one so they have the monopoly. Ideally we’d love to have a FULL bar, but I think we can cover most of the “popular” drinks with our selection above. The bartenders for the venue allow us to use our own beverages and liquor or order through them. I think supplying our own is a better option budget wise, but I do feel a bit guilty not having a full bar. However, for $2500 it just didn’t seem worth it for a few extra drink options. I know I’m missing brandy and bourbon, but after searching some of the more popular drinks (gin and tonic, martini, margarita, rum/whiskey and coke) I think I’ve made a pretty decent selection. If you can think of other mixers, let me know. My mixer price is actually priced at $300 with what I’ve listed (mixers are also buy one get one free) so I have PLENTY of wiggle room to buy more!
Let me know if I should change quantities based on your experience. I’d rather buy MORE and have left overs, than run out 1/2 way through the night. We can ALWAYS store the left overs for parties! We’ve only $3000 budgeted for alcohol, so we’d like to try and stay under that if possible. Thank you!