(Closed) Open bar, consumption-based. Ballpark range?

posted 6 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
2295 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I think my coordinator suggested estimating 6 drinks per person for a 5 hour reception. Now, assuming beer, wine, and hard alcohol aren’t priced the same, there are some good calculators out there that show the average breakdown of percentage you should buy. I assume the percentages would also be good for an estimate of the bar tab. 

It depends on your crowd too though. We have a lot of guests that don’t drink for religious reasons. I’m estimating a little over 1 drink per person per hour. I ran the math a bunch of different ways (even going line by line and estimating by guest knowing their drinking proclivities) and that was what ended up being the most reasonable average in my mind.

Post # 4
1274 posts
Bumble bee

Posting to bookmark this thread, I’m interested in other bees experiences as well. 🙂



Post # 5
883 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

We chose comsumption over a set amount based on the advice of the restarant owner.

For 100 guests, our tab was $2200(with tip) for an after noon cocktail-type party (4 hours).

Our guests could have anything they wanted; the restaurant did know if anyone asked for anything outrageous ($100 shots), they had to check with us first.

We also had an “after party” tab for friends that stayed, which came to $450.

Post # 6
2191 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

most open bars charge between $35 -50/pp for 3-5 hrs (depends on top shelf vs well brands and the area) so i would say thats probably a good estimate bc bars usually are in the business of making.money so yhey wouldnt offer that deal.if it wasnt a decent estimate

what are the per drink prices? whats your crowd like? (mainly your collehe age friends or more your grandma’s prayer circle)

i think that about 1drink per person per hour is about right bc for everyone that slugs down 2 there will be someone who only sips a glass of wine for 2hrs

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