Post # 1
Hi! I know this question has been asked a lot but I need some input. Unfortunately our venue does not let us bring in alcohol so I have the option of per person vs per drink. I’m not sure which one I should go with though. We are having between 50 – 60 guests with a 5 hour evening reception. I would say 15 are heavy drinkers 4 don’t drink at all and the rest are average. We also thought about only having beer and wine included in the open bar. All thoughts and suggestions are welcome!
Premium Brands 5.50/drink
Imported Beer 4.50/bottle
Domestic Beer 4.00/bottle
Soft Drinks 2.00/bottle
House Wine 34.50/bottle
Hourly Package (Paid per person, by the hour)
Beer & Wine Premium Bar
First Hour: 11.00 14.00
Second Hour: 7.00 8.00
Each Adt’l Hour: 5.00 7.00
Total for 3 Hours 23.00 29.00
Total for 4 Hours 28.00 36.00
All prices are subject to current 6% state sales tax and 21% service charge.
Post # 3
I seems like consumption would be cheaper. A premium bar for 4 hours is assuming more than 6 of the most expensive drinks per person, which seems like a LOT.
Sorry, just saw that you were looking at the wine/beer only option, but even that is like 7 drinks pp @ $4.00 each to 28 bucks.
A few additional questions: Are most of your guests having to drive home? Say even 1/3 people is driving home. They’ll likely have no more than 2 drinks if they’re relatively responsible, so that passes 2.5 drinks to each non-driver. Bringing it to 9.5 drinks per drinker.
Also, do those prices include tax/service fee?
Post # 4
We are paying by drink actually ordered. I am far more comfortable with this – even if it amounts to the same as the flat fee, at least I will know everyone was actually drinking!
Post # 5
I went with flat fee for a few reasons.
1. You know what the bill is, no surprises at the end of the night
2. When people see an “open” bar (they don’t know if its consumption or flat fee) they tend to put down drinks that are half finished and then grab another or wait staff clears drinks away.
After my wedding,when we calculated it out, flat fee was better. We also had wine served during dinner.
Post # 6
When drinks are fre, people tend to order more. Since the beer/wine option is affordable I woud definitely go with open bar. i have heard horror stories of consumption bars and how they wished they had chosen open bar.
Post # 7
Just looking at your prices, if a guest has more than 1 drink, you’re at the hourly rate, I’d estimate people will have more than one drink an hour.
Post # 8
- Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort
I think the rates in your case make flat a better deal.
Post # 9
Consumption I think is better
Post # 11
When we signed our contract we had a flat fee until 12 and then had the choice to pay per drink or consumption… We ended up going with consumption figuring the old people would go home and the party would have already gotten started by then (drinking would wind down): BIG MISTAKE!! It ended up costing us more than DOUBLE. It really depends on your type of guests but a lot of our friends were 18-27 so the party went til 3:30 and the liquor kept flowing. :S Did NOT expect that.
Post # 12
@Steph8765: DO NOT DO CONSUMPTION!!!! My cousin and one of my friends figured that they were inviting only a few heavy drinkers to their wedding…..little did they realize even a light drinker will drink more then usual if the bar is free for them on both of their weddings.
My cousin said her biggest expense was the bar!!!
Post # 13
Hourly package is by far your cheapest option. People will drink alot more then you think, especially since it is free, I wish we had an hourly rate option because by drink is absolutely crazy expensive.
Post # 14
Thanks for all your input!!! Sounds like we’ll be doing a flat rate.
Post # 15
I had this dilemma as well for my wedding. And the best thing my mother in law said to me was that she knew I would be watching all of the drinks all night if I did the bar based on consumption and she was right. I’m not sure if it was cheaper to do the bar package but I wasn’t looking at all the drinks and trying to guess how much it was going to cost. I knew that was the price no matter what.