Post # 1
Sorry if there are a bagillion and one threads about this but…
What is the price difference of getting your own alcohol vs going with a caterer? Specs: top shelf open bar.
Extra kudos if you can help me out with Delware pricing!
Post # 3
If you have the option of getting your own alcohol do it!! Most caterers/venues greatly increase their alcohol prices to rediculous amounts! Mine included. I wish I had the option to provid emy own liquor or even my own wine, but the corckage fee is $20 per bottle! Outrageous
Post # 4
I had my own alcohol…now granted I only had wine and beer…but I spent $700 for 250 people versus going with a company @ around 7.00 per guest =$1750…
I would buy your own…even if you get top shelf it’ll be much cheaper than the caterer’s prices…
Post # 5
A LOT. Definitely worth it if you can bring your own alcohol.
I was looking at a venue that charged $30 pp for beer and wine bar. I had 130 guests. So I would be spending $3900 just for beer and wine and no liquor. (Plus I wasn’t happy about spending $30 for people who don’t drink like kids or non drinkers… just didn’t make sense to me.)
I found a place that allowed outside caterers and the caterers I talked to could supply the bartenders and all I would have to buy is the alcohol. I spent $900 for about 10 different kinds of beer and a few bottles each of gin, vodka, rum, tequila. Each different flavors. Plus wine. You name it we had it. I think we bought about 30 bottles of alcohol. Our guests loved it. Oh, my caterer charged $50 an hour for a two bartenders. (5 hours= $250)
Yeah so, $3900 for a crappy beer and wine bar or a $1150 for a loaded open bar.
Plus, we had bottles left over. The liquor store even let us return unopened bottles.
EDIT: By the way, my wedding was in West Chester, PA. Shhh but we crossed over into delaware so we wouldn’t get charged the tax. I went to Total Wine near the Concorde Mall.
Oh, and my caterer didn’t have a corkage fee.
Post # 6
Thanks for the tips everyone. I’ll check out the Total Wine store (we too are planning on being subversive and going into Delaware)
Post # 7
If you can bring in your own alcohol I would DEF do it. Just make sure there aren’t any associated fees and if they will serve it for you or if you have to bring in your own bartenders etc. GL!