(Closed) Open Bar?

posted 10 years ago in Reception
  • poll: How long is your Open bar for?
    Not Having one! : (15 votes)
    13 %
    1st hour (Cocktail Hour!) : (9 votes)
    8 %
    Half the Reception : (8 votes)
    7 %
    The Whole Reception : (74 votes)
    64 %
    Other! : (9 votes)
    8 %
  • Post # 4
    2022 posts
    Buzzing bee

    We’re having an open bar for the whole night, but probably closing it down during dinner service and instead will offer a wine pour during dinner to cut down on costs.

    Post # 6
    177 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: August 2008

    We set an amount for the bar and once that was reached, it would turn into a cash bar.  We didn’t reach that amount, so I guess it was open bar for the entire night.

    Post # 7
    2640 posts
    Sugar bee

    We had it for the whole night.


    Post # 8
    2022 posts
    Buzzing bee

    Yea it is going to be pricey.  My parents have very few requirements and an open bar is one of them! 

    Post # 9
    41 posts
    • Wedding: August 2009

    we are having on for the whole night and we are doing it per drink instead of a lump sum or charge for each person…hopefully, this will be more cost efficient!! we are doing because my father insisted (and will pay for it) and because 100 percent of our guests are from our of state…the least we could do is buy them a drink for flying all the way to the great state of maine for our big day!!

    Post # 11
    93 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: July 2009

    We’re not having an open bar.  We’ll have wine and beer all night, and may have two or three special drinks during the cocktail hour, and at the start of dancing.  Most of our guests don’t drink much, and will appreciate a couple glasses of wine just as much as an open bar.

    Post # 12
    6009 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: May 2009

    We are doing an open bar, but instead of a full bar we’re just doing a limited bar.  Our reception is only 4.5 hours, and we think by only offering beer and wine we can cut down on costs.  Plus, our families and friends will probably be just as happy with free beer and wine as they would be with hard A.

    Post # 13
    124 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: March 2009

    We having an open bar so that my Future In Laws don’t kill each other… Just Kidding… I think.

    We decided to go with an open bar for ease of the event and because my Fiance family likes to have a good time. We will also be making sure that when they shut the bar down, bottles of water will be available for those that need some hydration.

    Post # 14
    1091 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2018 - Oakland Manor

    We’re purchasing all our own alcohol so we’re having an all night open bar.  I like Erindesmar’s idea about cutting down during dinner service, because we can return any unopened bottles (wine, liquor, etc) We haven’t decided if we’ll do just beer/wine/alcoholic punch or more hard liquor.

    Post # 16
    398 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: February 2009

    We did open bar all night.  We had 110 guests and bill at the end of the night was $3k.  We paid by consumption not by per person/per hour.

    The breakdown of cost was:

    • $5 for Wine & Domestic Beer
    • $6 for Import Beer
    • $7 for Hard Liquor

    The breakdown per person per hour was $24 for first hour and $14 every hour after that.  More than $8k!

    Just thought our venue cost might give other brides something to go on.  We figured only about 50% of our guest drank.

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