Post # 1
With my guest list getting out of control, I cannot imagine spending $4,000 for an open bar. What are folks doing? I’ve been debating between a signature cocktail, 2 wine bottles per table, or simply give up!
Post # 3
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
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
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
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
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
No alcohol at my wedding. I dont drink alcohol at all and neither do 85% of my guests…
Post # 9
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
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
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 # 12
Unfortunately, I can’t bring my own…. A full bar for 4.5 hours will cost me $7,000 and for 1 hour $4,000 ouch!
Post # 13
@meladoug: I’m totally jealous… That’s a great deal
Post # 14
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
our venue allows you to BYOB so we are doing open bar the whole night. It works for our 310 people wedding
Post # 16
we are also doing a purple signature cocktail