(Closed) will you have an open bar?

posted 9 years ago in Reception
  • poll: what is your bar option?
    Full night open bar : (81 votes)
    84 %
    Just cocktail hour : (5 votes)
    5 %
    signature drinks only : (2 votes)
    2 %
    wine bottles on the tables : (8 votes)
    8 %
  • Post # 3
    6997 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 2011

    we did open bar, beer wine and liquor for 4 hours @ $37.00 a head

    can you bring your own alcohol to your venue? if so, thats the way to go – hit up trader joes for some 2 buck chuck 🙂

    Post # 4
    263 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    I think a signature cocktail would be a good compromise.  With my crowd, two wine bottles per table wouldn’t cut it.. although maybe your guests don’t drink as much as mine! 🙂 

    We are having an open bar.. but just because we got a STEAL on it.  $14.00/person for 4 hours of open bar.  In comparion the beer and wine only package is $12.50/person, so we figured we would spring for the open bar.

    Post # 5
    5147 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    None of those options fit what we are doing.

    • We are providing beer and wine all night.
    • No “signature drink”.
    • Cash bar if people want hard alcohol.

    Post # 6
    85 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    We’re doing a host bar all night. I figured out that the cost of the open bar was equal every guest drinking an average of 7.5 cocktails or glasses of wine (or about 9 or 10 beers I think, I can’t remember that figure). Sure, some people may drink that much, but I certainly don’t think the average will be anywhere close to that figure given the age of many of the guests. With a host bar, guests don’t have to pay for drinks, but we likely save money.

    Post # 7
    2111 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    We did a Toonie bar ($2). The hotel charged $5 per drink but we charged the guests $2 and my in-laws paid the remainder.

    Post # 8
    9028 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    No alcohol at my wedding. I dont drink alcohol at all and neither do 85% of my guests…

    Post # 9
    13095 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2010

    I voted full open bar all night because that is your closest poll option to what we did.

    We had an open wine and beer bar that ran all night but we didn’t have liquor.

    Post # 10
    1041 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    We are doing a full bar all night. That was very important to us and we are keeping  our guest list at a level where we can afford to offer that. But a signature drink or a beer and wine bar is a great alternative. And you can always offer a cash bar for people who want more than what you are hosting.

    Post # 11
    2580 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I agree with the PP who asked if you can bring in your own alcohol, that may be a good option because the upcharge from venues and caterers on alcohol is crazy! We are buying our alcohol wholesale and will pay about $1000 to stock a full bar for our 150-175 guests. To save a little, we will probably open the bar during cocktail hour, close it during dinner, and open it again when we cut the cake before dancing.

    If you can’t bring your own, I’ve been to plenty of weddings with just beer and wine or beer, wine, and a signature drink. Personally, I would rather have those options than a full selection of alcohol at a cash bar. It depends on your guests and how much you think they will drink. If they aren’t big drinkers, you can probably scale it back a bit.

    Post # 14
    3048 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: January 1991

    We’ll have an open bar with beer and wine only. We will buy the kegs and wine beforehand. So if it runs out, it runs out.

    Post # 15
    2702 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 2011

    our venue allows you to BYOB so we are doing open bar the whole night. It works for our 310 people wedding

    Post # 16
    2702 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 2011

    we are also doing a purple signature cocktail

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