Post # 1
I have the option of per person vs per drink. I’m not sure which one I should go with though. The crowd is 25-45 year old normal to semi heavy drinkers. The reception runs 4 hours with 30-50 guest. 3 people coming do not drink at all.
HOST SPONSORED BAR PER PERSON*
These packages include Full Bar Setups and are designed to assist
your budget guidelines. The packages are priced per guest, and are
charged based on the guarantee or actual attendance, if higher.
First Hour 25.00
Second Hour 14.00
Each Additional Hour 12.00
HOST SPONSORED BAR PER DRINK*
Full Bar Setups are included in the package and charges are based
on the actual number of drinks consumed.
Domestic Beer 8.00
Premium and Imported Beer 9.00
Select Wine 9.00
Mineral Water/Juices 4.00
Soft Drinks 4.00
Champagne (by the glass) 9.00
Tropical Drinks 10.00
Post # 3
i would go with per person just to know exactly what you are paying in advance. besides people might not finish drinks and i’d hate to feel like i was wasting money everytime I saw that!!
Post # 4
We went through this too. The best explination of it I got was this: if you pay per drink, you’ll end up spending more. Someone will go get a drink, drink half of it, set it down to go dance, forget about it and then go get a new one. So, you’d be paying for 2 drinks right there just b/c they didn’t bother to finish the first one. If it’s unlimited drinks per person, it’s best to pay per person rather than per drink.
Did that make any sense? It did in my head, just making sure I explained it the right way!
Post # 5
I think with the details you gave us on your guest list, you’re probably better off going with a per person bar. If you had an older guest list, or more people who don’t drink at all, then maybe it would make more sense to go with a consumption bar.
Post # 6
We’re going per person. It really seems like its cheaper that way.
Post # 7
I also agree with per person. Then you can set a limit as to how long you want the bar open, and know exactly what you will be spending. When it’s on consumption, the tab can get very expensive
Post # 8
I think it depends on your group. If we end up with a place like this we’ll probably do consumption because a good portion of our guest list doesn’t drink.
Post # 9
Is a champagne toast included in your package otherwise, or would you be paying for that per glass?
Other factors to consider: will your guests have to drive home or to a hotel? Or is the reception at a hotel? People will drink a lot less if they have to drive.
What day of the week is your wedding and what time?
Post # 11
Can you put something in your contract that says you will pay either, whichever is less after the fact? I heard a speaker at a bridal expo explaining that per head is usually cheaper, but you can try to get a phrase like that in the contract.
Post # 12
We got the package deal only because I agree with Candy Nee — I am sure people will put a glass down to dance, and then the waitstaff will grab it and I’ll end up paying for drinks no one drinks. Plus, I would hate to pay per drink and see drinks wasted (if someone orders a cocktail and then decides they don’t like it, etc).
Post # 13
Based on your description of your guests, I’d do per person. We don’t have that many drinkers (maybe a couple of dozen)–mostly non-drinkers who are in their 50s to retired, so we’re doing per drink with just wine & beer because we figure that would be cheaper based on our demographics!
Post # 14
Can you do both? We’re doing a hosted bar for 4 hours (cocktail hour and part of the reception) and switching to a consumption tab later in the night.
Post # 15
On second thought, for 4 hours, it’ll be $64 per person. To reach $64, you need to drink 8 domestic beers. Even if someone just has the most expensive drinks, they have to have 6! That’s more than one an hour. Are you also having a dinner? If so, it’ll be tougher to consume that many drinks.
Post # 16
Ouch! This sounds expensive, if you’re having an open bar for more than a couple of hours 🙁
We ended up going the “by consumption route” b/c our group on average are light drinkers (with some non-drinkers and some average drinkers mixed in). In your case though I think you might want to go the per-person route, since it sounds like there are more serious drinkers in your group. At least in that case you’ll know up front what you will end up paying, rather than ending up totally surprised by a giant bar tab at the end of the night.