(Closed) Open bar?

posted 8 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
170 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I’m also having about 120 guest, but not all will be drinking. I hired a bartender for $150 flat for 5 hours. For my open bar what I am doing is picking 2 signature drinks and 3 different types of beer, the guest can choose what they want and I think it’s fair enough. I’m not doing a completely open bar with all different liquers and beers and wines because this isn’t a bar, it’s a wedding. I’m buying Tecate, Corona, and Bud then tequila, and vodka and a few mixes. My father is spending about 800-1,000 on alchohol.

Post # 4
2539 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

Our ‘open bar’ package came with call brand liquors (with the option to upgrade to premium brands for more $$$), wine and beer, and soft drinks for four hours, including the bartender for 4 hours. The cost was per person attending the wedding, and it’ll depend on your venue.

We also had the option to add additional hours past the included 4, obviously at an increased fee.

Post # 5
1243 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

It depends on your venue.  

Does your venue allow you to set up your own bar?  It is siginificantly cheaper if you are able to do this.  It really depends on your location regarding the bar.  I think that we spent around $5000 for a full (that included scotch, rum, rye, etc) open bar, 4.5 hours.  I’m in Toronto and generally our booze prices are very high compared to the States.  It was very important to us (and my parents, who were paying) to make sure that our guests had anything they wanted to drink.  We had a cocktail party reception during the Holiday Season though, and that might have contributed to the bill.  To be honest, we went all out on our food and drink and cut pretty much everything else down to be able to fit it in the budget.

I’m not really sure what you’re asking, so I’ll just reply in general.

Pretty much all weddings I have been to are full open bar (a selection of beer, wine, and hard stuff), but you will also find people who have bars where  beer and wine (and perhaps a signiture drink) is provided.

I’ve never not seen a bartender and I would want one because of liability concerns.

If you have a venue coordinator, they will be able to tell you how much to budget for approximately.  They were pretty much right on with our estimates and we weren’t so sure because we had a mix of non or very light drinkers and people who enjoy many cocktails. 🙂  


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