(Closed) Open bar when a lot of guests don't even drink?

posted 9 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
3579 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Why don’t you ask to do a consumption bar?

Then they will only charge you for the drinks being purchased!

Post # 4
2405 posts
Buzzing bee

Could you maybe just pay for the drinks that are actually consumed?

Post # 5
3765 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

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
9990 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

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
1074 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

Another consumption bar vote.

Post # 8
554 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

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
2515 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

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
7384 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

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.

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