Post # 1
I want to have a limited open bar (wine and beer, no hard alcohol) for my reception, but probably 1/3rd of the guest don’t drink, so is there a way to do wrist bands or something for those who are drinking so the venue can charge me accordingly (they charge per person)? I don’t want to seem stingey, but it seems silly to pay for open bar for a bunch of people who aren’t going to be drinking….
Post # 3
Why don’t you ask to do a consumption bar?
Then they will only charge you for the drinks being purchased!
Post # 4
Could you maybe just pay for the drinks that are actually consumed?
Post # 5
Could you ask them if they’ll do a consumption bar? You will pay for the number of bottles instead of per person.
Post # 6
I agree with PPs – do a consumption bar. Wristbands remind me of those 18+ college nights at the bars when you had wristbands if you were over 21. Not exactly the feel I’d want at a wedding!
Post # 7
Another consumption bar vote.
Post # 8
I doubt a venue would agree to do that since part of the way they make money off an open bar is that not everyone drinks, or drinks much, and that’s true at every wedding.
If your venue offers a consumption based package, figure out how many of your guests do drink, then look at the consumption bar prices per drink, then look at the cost of an open bar. Then you can figure out how many drinks each drinker would have to drink to equal or exceed the cost of the open bar, and you can make an educated guess about which would be cheaper (consumption or open).
Post # 9
You need to ask your venues what your options are. For our venue if we opted for per person we were charged the number of adult guests over the age of 21. Regardless if they all drank or not.
Post # 10
Another vote for consumption service. There are very few people who are going to get drunk that $3500 for our open bar (the rest of the reception, everything, is only $6400) is just too much. Our venue has us pay a $200 set up fee and then the cost of the drinks.
Post # 11
Yeah I was thinking about the consumption bar too, but I don’t know if that’s an option… I guess the problem I see is that it’s only $20/person for limiited open bar, and one beer is $6, so I think with some of the younger people they’d more than make up for the non-drinkers… I also kind of want to discourage hard alcohol because certain people might get out of hand and I’d like to avoid that (not that they couldn’t get wasted between the ceremony and the reception, but I dare to dream! haha) and with a limited open bar I think that all that they have is beer and wine, no booze to even buy…