(Closed) Open bar By Consumption or Flat Fee?

posted 6 years ago in Reception
  • poll: By Consumption or Flat Fee?
    By Consumption : (8 votes)
    21 %
    Flat Fee : (28 votes)
    74 %
    Other? Please specify below. : (2 votes)
    5 %
  • Post # 3
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    5890 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: May 2012

    honestly, i’d probably do flat fee- i feel like it would be super easy for you to get ripped off by consumption (i mean, they aren’t actually counting EVERY drink)

    Post # 4
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    5786 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: May 2011

    I’ve heard too many stories about people being completed shocked by the bill at the end of the night. I’d rather overpay a little than risk some enormous tab.

    Post # 5
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    128 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    Flat Fee. Our open bar is part of our package, but I have a girlfriend who spent about $2500 more on a consumption bar than she would’ve on the flat fee. I guess it depends on your group though, if you don’t think people will drink too much than go for consumption. 

    Post # 6
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    3720 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    We are doing a consumption bar with a cap. That means I can’t be shocked at the end of the night, but everyone feels like they got a nice bar experience. What we did was go through the guest list and calculate how many drinks we thought each guest would drink at an open bar and see what the projected total would be for a consumption bar. We did this without accounting for anyone who would be pregnant or driving. It was still a lot less than an open bar, so we set a cap for that amount and limited it to house liquors, beer, and wine only. I have heard that 95% of the time, the house wins on an open bar.

    Post # 7
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    3569 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    I say flat fee or cap. No one wants to be shocked by a bill they can`t afford at the end of the night!

    Post # 8
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    637 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2014

    agree with the PPs.  Flat rate or cap.  seriously, I have seen someone had 6 drinks through out the night and people tend to drink WAY more when the booze is free 🙂

    If you don’t do cap, your bill is gonna be expensive.  I heard it from SO MANY people they can’t believe how much more they have to pay for open bar charged by consumption!!!

    Post # 9
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    2775 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2010

    Flat fee.

    “Consumption bar” is a misnomer because you are really paying for drinks ordered, not consumed.  People can get really cavalier toward the alcohol when they aren’t paying.  So they will misplace their drinks and get new ones.  Let them get watery, and get new ones.  Try something new, not like it, and get new ones.

    While you might be able to guestimate how much booze your guests will consume, there’s no telling how much they will order.

    Post # 10
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    5890 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: May 2012

    @sailor:  oooo this is an excellent point.  i’m guilty of this.  i lose my drinks all the time!

    Post # 11
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    2775 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2010

    @Mrs. Meowerson:  I’m guilty, too.  If I’m not paying for my drinks I am very apt to set it down somewhere and forget about it.  

    Post # 12
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    3626 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    We’re doing by consumption because every person would have to have 5 drinks for it to be worth it. We’re having a Sunday morning brunch.

    Post # 13
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    996 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2009

    We did consumption but it worked out well for us. We had a lot of heavy drinkers and some who didn’t drink at all, but the drinks were reasonably priced and the venue didn’t take advantage of us. I do like the cap idea but I’m not a big fan of the flat fee- unless you are getting a pretty good deal.

    Post # 14
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    1111 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    We are planning on doing consumption with a cap, based on the advice of several of our married friends.  A friend of mine ended up being super pleasantly surprised by the total bill when she paid based on consumption, which is what I am hoping for.  We have too many guests coming who don’t drink at all and not enough super heavy drinkers to make the flat fee of ~$20/head worth it.

    We are also having only beer and wine on our open bar, with hard liquor available for purchase.  I have gone back and forth on this one a lot, but I feel like it’s the best choice for us.  Hopefully that will help keep costs down, and also help discourage people from mixing alcohol types too much, wasting drinks, getting too crazy, etc…

    Post # 15
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    2849 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    We’re doing consumption. Since our wedding is on a Sunday, I can’t imagine people would want to have a hangover at work the next day. We’re also just serving beer and wine to keep costs down.

    Post # 16
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    130 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    It seems fair that the venue would charge you the lesser amount.  Can you talk to the venue about that?

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