(Closed) What is the % I should allocate per person for Open Bar?

posted 8 years ago in Money
Post # 3
4485 posts
Honey bee

This is something you need to discuss with your caterer or bartending company. Also, be aware that not everyone drinks alcohol (including adults) and those who do drink, will not drink the cheapest beer or wine if you have other liquor available they prefer instead. Most caterers/bartenders have package deals based on qualities of liquor, as well as other options.

Something else that countless people do not realize or care about, at least online, is that every location and geographic area will charge different prices for the same thing. For that reason, it is extremely difficult, if not virtually impossible, to even make a ballpark guess as to what you will pay at your venue in your area.

Most people believe that folks will drink 2-4 beverages per hour, but again, that is a random guess as no two groups of people at a special occasion are equal so they should not be treated equally in those terms. You can make a guess based on others’ experiences, but it won’t be 100% accurate since your guests and their guests are completely different.

Post # 4
913 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

Our venue charges a set price per person, per hour – regardless if they are 21 or not!.  I couldn’t see spending $11/hour/person for people who don’t like to drink or aren’t able to drink!  We are putting down $1000 towards an open bar – when its gone, it turns into a cash bar.  I’ve been to a lot of weddings lately in which there wasn’t any open bar or appetizers during the first hour – a great let down.

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