(Closed) Price difference with getting your own alcohol?

posted 12 years ago in Food
Post # 3
485 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

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
288 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

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
2208 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

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 # 7
1753 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

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!

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