(Closed) What did you spend or have budgeted for your OPEN bar?

posted 8 years ago in Reception
  • poll: If you had an open bar or are planning one, what did you pay or budget for?
    up to $1,000 : (20 votes)
    31 %
    $1,001-$2,000 : (5 votes)
    8 %
    $2,001-$3,000 : (10 votes)
    15 %
    $3,000+ : (8 votes)
    12 %
    budgeted per person - up to $20pp : (6 votes)
    9 %
    budgeted per person - about $30pp : (7 votes)
    11 %
    budgeted per person - about $40pp : (4 votes)
    6 %
    budgeted per person - more than $50pp : (5 votes)
    8 %
  • Post # 3
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    Worker bee
    • Wedding: December 2010

    I think the better question might be, what did you budget per person, as an open bar is almost always charged by head. Ours is $30/person

    Post # 4
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    922 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    Our open bar was included in our per person – which included open bar, all food for cocktail hour and reception, and the cake – it was $175 per person plus tax and tip, so came out to $225 per person. – so with 115 people it came to $25,875 for food and drink.

    I am in NYC hence the cost.

    Edit – I actually just looked at my contract – It looks like my bar portion was $6503 which was $56.54 per person for open bar.

     

    Post # 6
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    6998 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 2011

    ours is $27 per person, but just for beer and wine. $27 x 150 (hopefully less) = $4050

    *not including gratuity

    Post # 7
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    11325 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 2011

    We’re having 100 people and I have budget $1000 (although I kind of have in the back of my head we might spend a little more if needed). The reason its so cheap is because we found a venue that would let us bring our own alcohol. We’re doing beer/wine/champagne only. The venue is charging us $3.95/person for all the glassware and water/soda, so that leaves us $600 for the alcohol. 

     

    Post # 8
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    1303 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2012

    Im hoping I can get away with 3k at a venue where I can bring my own alcohol. (for 180-200 people)

    Post # 9
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    6998 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 2011

    @CorgiTales: That is clutch! i looked everywhere for a venue that will let us bring alcohol. no luck.

    Post # 11
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    1986 posts
    Buzzing bee

    Why do you always capitalize OPEN? Laughing

    We’re $30 a head ๐Ÿ™‚

    Post # 12
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    608 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    We can bring in our own liqour so that saved us a lot.  We are planning to spend about $14/pp for alcohol.  Luckly a local liquor store delivers it and then picks up whatever we don’t use and credits it back to us so we will probably plan to order extra since we can just return what we don’t use.  Also we are only doing beer and wine.  no hard liqour so that makes it cheaper too

    Post # 14
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    7300 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2012

    $10k

     

    SIKE!

    We are getting married outdoors and providing our own alcohol. Buying in bulk is saving us and we don’t have to pay for the mark up from banquet halls.

    Post # 16
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    922 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    @cj_one2000 – Ha ..yeah…definitely a little pricier here!  And I’m not a DIY’er and would rather just pay than figure out ways to reduce cost sometimes..

    I often ponder the question if its worth it – it was ALOT of money for the entire wedding – think that was just food and drink…but my husband and I didn’t get in debt over it even paying for it ourselves and it was our dream wedding – so I would say it was worth it.  I’m only doing this wedding thing once and wanted it done the way I wanted!

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