(Closed) Questions about open bar!

posted 11 years ago in Food
Post # 62
227 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

@OttawaBride2011: I just noticed that you said you could host an open bar for $3000. I would definitely take that option! Unfortunately, ours was $1800 for one hour, so had we had an open bar all night, our bill would have totaled close to $10,000. Gulp.

Post # 63
643 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

It’s so annoying that every thread regarding bar/no bar devolves into name calling and etiquette throwing. 

Other things you could do would be to have the bar open for cocktail hour, close it during dinner, and then open it again after dinner/toasts/first dance, etc.  It’ll be cheaper if you limit the hours the bar is open.  Also, you could host beer and wine, and have cash bar for cocktails.  That’s what I did, and that is pretty standard here in Wisconsin.  The majority of weddings I’ve attended have been free beer/wine and cash cocktails.

You could also give each person a number of drink tickets, and have it be cash bar after that.  I’ve seen that at weddings, too.

I’ve actually only been to three weddings (out of 25) that were fully open bar with shots and cocktails included.

Post # 65
3625 posts
Sugar bee

How many people are you expecting again? We had 85 and our bar bill for full open bar (top shelf) was under $1500. That was with champagne toasts and signature drinks as well for 5 hours.

Your amount sounds pretty high, so if you’re fine with it you should be OK.

Post # 66
70 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Hehe. Totally love the “looney bar”!

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