(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 # 17
    10285 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2011

    We’ll be having a limited open bar for the entire night. This will include beer, wine, soda, 2 signature drinks and a champagne toast. Hard liquor will be available to those who want it but they can pay for it themselves. 

    Post # 18
    829 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    We’re having two cases of white wine & two cases of red wine, plus 2 homebrewed kegs (5 gallons each = about 50 beers).  Once it runs out, well, that’s it!

    Post # 19
    5110 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: November 2011

    We will not have an open bar.. Its not in the budget. We are doing wine and beer but thats it.. the rest is cash bar.

    Post # 20
    2188 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    This makes me so sad! I wanted a really fun, loose wedding reception but no where the in contract of my reception venue said “no hard alcohol” well they changed their “rules” within the past year, and now we can’t have hard alcohol. I am trying to see the positives in it: certain cousins would be getting too wild, certain gm’s won’t be grinding on random girls that are too young for them, and most importantly there won’t be any drunk driving.

    There will be beer, wine and champange but the venue only allows one drink per person…

    Post # 21
    726 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    @littlekitty: I would be interested to see a poll on which part of the country everyone is from. for example by Fiance cousins are not that well off but all have open bars at there new jersey weddings, and from reading on here it sounds like most people from the south do this as well. Im not having an inexpencive wedding, it will come in at almost $25,000 and I am have one hour open bar (cocktail hour) Im in the boston area. I would love to have it open all night but the cost is outragous!

    Post # 22
    4886 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    Limited open bar, I believe.  Two or three signature cocktails and beer and wine.

    Post # 23
    1501 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    We can supply the booze, so we are going to supply wine for everyone and then do a toonie bar. This will hopefully offset the cost of the alcohol. Of course everyone can drink as much pop/juice as the want for free.

    Post # 24
    706 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    No options for me, either.  We are not having any alcohol.  Not that we don’t want to!  Fiance and I love a nice glass of wine, but its not in the budget.  Even with bringing in our own alcohol, the increase in venue fees, insurance and security (and hiring a bartender) were very cost-prohibitive.

    Post # 25
    2319 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    since we are having a very small reception we scaled it back a bit, but it still might work for you!

    we decided to stick with 4 or 5 types of alcohol that we knew our guests would drink. we choose jack daniels, tanquary gin, patron tequila, kahlua, and appelton estates rum. these will go with standard mixers.

    we budgeted about $25 per head for drinks (are only having 20 guests of drinking age). we will also have a large selection of microbrews and we are doing a couple bottles of the house red and white wine.

    Post # 26
    173 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    We are doing a full open bar for cocktail hour, wine poured at the tables, and wine/beer/softdrinks the rest of the night.  We’re hoping we’ll save some money by limiting the open bar to beer and wine the rest of the night because people tend to use open bar to try out new cocktails that they may or may not like and set aside.  We also feel that people tend to go a bit more overboard and the intoxication level will be higher with a full open bar all night.

    Even with our limited bar, we were still quoted over 6K for it all.  Hopefully it will come in under the estimate!


    Post # 27
    122 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    open bar all night but limited to drinks less than $7

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