(Closed) Questions about open bar!

posted 11 years ago in Food
Post # 17
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Blushing bee

I have not tried this out personally, but I recently read in some wedding mag that the average drinker will have 2 drinks per hour for the first 2 hours, and one drink per hour after that.

 

That seems a bit high, unless the drinks are poured kind of light, what does everyone think?

Post # 18
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I think 2 alcoholic drinks per hour sounds about right to me.  1 seems a little low….

Post # 19
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2010

@BlueChampagne:

They actually priced ours that way, 2 per person. That is how they came up with the hourly rate. Even if others drink more, you will have many guests that don’t drink OR will only have one so in the end it balances out.

Post # 21
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I like MissIntent’s calculation – that seems about right for me LOL!

I always thought that my venue’s calculation was low, especially for our drinking guests, but I went with the per person cost instead. Which is calculated at 4.8 drinks per person for 4 hours.

I would check with your venue as well though to see what they estimate!

Post # 22
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I was at a wedding this weekend that had open beer and wine and then cocktails as a cash bar.  The prices were quite low (I think the families may have subsidized this a bit) so that drinks were actually much less than they would have been at a bar.  It’s my experience that for the most part, a lot of people won’t drink liquor until it’s free, and you really don’t want to encourage anyone to get too trashed.  Everyone enjoyed themselves and the cash liquor was totally reasonable if you wanted a cocktail or shots.  I was not offended in the least, nor was anyone else from what I can tell.  No one seemed to be opposed to paying $3 for a cocktail or shot if they wanted one and everyone had a great time.  Good luck with this decision, my fiance and I are still stuck on this one too…  Not an easy decision to make!

Post # 24
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I agree. I would budget for 2 per person per hour. If you know you have a lot of non-drinkers…maybe 1.5?

Also, in the Midwest I think it’s pretty standard to do cash bar after a while (some even start that way). I don’t know what’s standard in Canada though.

$6 per drink is pretty steep. Do they have a selection of drinks at different price levels that you could choose from? I.E. Well drinks are $5, Call are at $6? That might help if you can limit the guests’ selections!

Post # 25
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

@OttawaBride2011:  I’m sorry, I thought you might not know the etiquette and I was going on the assumption that no one wants to be rude to their guests or embarrass themselves with an faux pas.

Post # 27
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

@lisa105: I am having a LOT of trouble making sense of your post. You say “entertain on the level you can afford” but you are basically saying, you should always have to provide alcohol? What if providing alcohol for hundreds of people is just not on a level someone can afford? Then you say: you don’t ask your guests to take out their wallets so you can have the reception you want but in more cases than not, the reception is about what the guests want… not about what you necessarily want.

Can you just clarify? I’m not trying to be rude but your whole post is really contradictory. It sounds like you’re not sure what you’re trying to say.

 

Post # 28
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Newbee
  • Wedding: December 2010

I think 2 per hour sounda about right. I went out to dinner with a group of friends last friday and I would say a few had 1 per hour and a lot more had 3+ per hour.

Also at our veune beer starts at 5 and drinks are 6 maybe 7 & up

Post # 30
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

@OttawaBride2011: How long were you budgeting for? Maybe cut that time in half? How many guests do you have? Maybe just start with how much you think you’re willing to budget for drinks and go from there? It sounds like you can do whatever works with your budget and still have happy guests! Maybe budget for a cocktail hour and dinner only, then go to cash bar? Don’t freak out! Lol.

Post # 31
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

@invalid_username:  No, I’m not saying you HAVE to provide alchohol – you don’t.  If your budget only allows a cake and punch reception, then that’s what you have – you don’t plan on a seated dinner with bar but then ask your guests to pay for the things you want to offer but can’t afford.  You offer what you can pay for – period.

There’s nothing ungracious about providing minimum refreshments (although you shouldn’t plan your reception around meal time in that case) but it IS ungracious and rude to ask your guests to pay for their own.  You wouldn’t dream of inviting someone to dinner at your house and asking them to pay for anything and this is no different – your guests are your guests regardless of occasion or venue.  Not to mention many of the people attending your wedding have likely travelled to be with you on your special day AND bought you a gift.  Its just outrageous to ask them to take out their wallets at the reception that supposed to be about thanking them for celebrating with you.

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