Post # 1
I’m still in the early planning stages of our wedding and I’m curious to know how much open bar packages are in your area. We’re having our wedding in the San Francisco/bay area and I’ve noticed open bar packages start at $32 per person for the entire evening. If we opt to pay on a drink by drink basis, it varies between $8 to $10 per drink.
How much is it in your neck of the woods?
Post # 3
- Wedding: March 2010 - Calamigos Ranch
In LA, with the venues I’ve looked at, the per head cost sounds pretty right on (my place charges only $15 per head, which is remarkably low… but it better be, because they charge up the wazoo for everything else!). The per drink basis sounds very expensive for a hosted bar at a wedding, though. For that I’ve usually seen more like $4-7 (of course, none of it is exactly top shelf ;).
Post # 4
Our wedding was in Long Beach and while we opted out of the price per person for the bar we spent $6700 (including service charge and tax) on the bar for 220 guests (on consumption). Drinks ranged from $6-$10 depending on if it was beer, wine, well drink or premium drink. $32 per person sounds pretty standard, how long is it for?
Post # 5
I am doing an all inclusive wedding with all drinks for 4 hours of open bar and 3 course dinner included for 89.95 per person!
From the other venues I looked at the recommended 3 drinks per person for 4 hours and the drinks prices ranged from 4-7 for host bar! More expensive for cash bar!
But keep in mind as a saving tip you can restrict the bar to the cheaper (basic = vodka, rum, whisky etc.) drinks
Post # 6
We provided the liquor and the bartenders. After slipping them each $100 to tend bar and about $700 in alcohol, beer, and cups and whatnot, we came out just under 1K. Not too shabby for 120 people. All we had left are 12 bottles of white wine so we bought JUST enough
Post # 7
I’m doing all inclusive $125 per person ( I upgraded to top shelf so otherwise it would have been $110 per person-no filet!)
Post # 8
We were told to budget $18-24/person for an open bar. We went with just beer and wine and ended up spending roughly $20/person on alcohol.
Post # 9
We’re looking at $28 per person for 4 hours of local beer, house wine, fountain juices & soft drinks. We could add house brand liquor for an additional $4 (premium for $10), but I doubt anyone will miss it once the wine is flowing. Beer & wine works for our daytime wedding b/c no one drinks nearly as much as they do at night…
I think $32 for an open bar ALL NIGHT is a great price 🙂
Post # 10
Our open bar was included free of cost since we decided to have a wedding on a Sunday morning. They figured that not that many people would drink since it started at 10am and ended at 4pm. But I also got a great deal since I worked in Human Resources and did company events and told her that we may potentially do our Christmas party there if she gave us perks for the wedding.
My sister-in-law who works for a large magazine also did that for her wedding and almost got everything paid for.
Post # 11
Our open bar in WI was $19/head (not including gratuity or tax). Included all cocktails, beer, wine, shots, really anything, etc. Obviously, it will be a lot cheaper in Wisconsin than in SF though 🙂
Post # 12
Thanks for the info, it’s interesting to see a spectram of prices based on location.
Post # 13
we provided our own liquor/beer/wine/non-alcoholic beverages and we spent only about $17/pp–and we bought a lot of booze!! If possible, ask if you can bring your own drinks.
Post # 14
At my venue, we negotiated a price of $85 per person, which includes the gratuity, for dinner, a four-hour open bar (the fifth hour includes beer and wine) and our wedding cake.
Definitely try to negotiate a lower price.
Post # 15
Ours is around 22 per person for 4 hours. I like the idea of paying on lump sum for everything. Thats sounds like a good idea.
Post # 16
we paid about 1700 for 75 people (not everyone drank) including many draft and bottled beers, wells, and 5 varieties of wine. not too shabby IMO