Has anyone had/is anyone planning to have an open bar at the evening reception and how much did it cost/have you budgeted for?
Hi no we were advised not to have an open bar as it would cost far too much :)
We are! But providing the alcohol ourself. We have catered for 2 drinks per person per hour. Bar is only open from 7.30. Then we bought spirits, beers in deals and went to France for wine.
Am haveing free dink after service and free drink with the meal
Ours was part of of package
I am having my wedding reception in my garden and building our own bar, we are a bit fussy so want to pick all our own drinks.
We're providing a drink on arrival. Half a bottle of wine per persona during wedding breakfast. Drink for toast and then there will be plenty of infused tap water around to help yourself too.
My h2b wants to, I said no. It's too expensive. Wine on table and one drink at the reception.
We are having a drinks package with ours and if people want extra drinks they will pay for them, stops people drinking too much - me included lol!
Hiya, we couldn't afford to do an open bar. We are doing two drinks pp at drinks reception (between ceremony and wedding breakfast), half a bottle of wine each at wedding breakfast and then champers for the toast which I think is plenty for us to provide x
We are having an all inclusive bar with ours.
No we cant afford it, guests will have to pay for their own but we may do the first drink on us, not sure how we will monitor this though
We are not planning on a free bar as it will cost too much. You could always put money behind the bar so it is a free bar until the money runs out. X
Jayne T, you can buy vouchers on amazon for one free drink, that's what I am doing xxx
We paid in advance for our venue to order in two kegs (140 pints!) of a specific ale that my husband loves and for it to be served free of charge. Once the beer was gone, they had to pay! Loads of guests were drinking it and it lasted til around 10:30pm, so was pretty good value!
Our wedding is at a dry venue so providing all the drink ourselves. cocktails before the wedding breakfast,wine and sparkling with then beer and spirits for the party after.
Rather then having an open bar we put a certain amount behind the bar then once it was gone people then had to pay for drinks themselves
We're paying for wine for the tables, a drink at the drinks reception before the meal and a drink for the toast. I think this is the norm for weddings these days if you are providing any drinks at all. I personally would never expect to have all my drinks paid for when attending a wedding and an open bar could cost a fortune. If you have money to splash out and want to pay for all your guests then I'm sure they will be happily surprised but if it is going to cause you months of worry about whether you can afford it then I think it's an added expense that not many people would expect you to be paying for.
We are having a welcome drink, 3 bottles of wine to a table 1 white 1 red 1 rose and a toast drink. The rest people can buy themselves
We aren't having one as we have be told it will cost too much and we also have seen what happens when our family's have an open bar and its not good.
Yes we are having an open bar all day but we don't expect it to cost more than £600 (but we've budgeted £1500). We only have 38 guests, many of whom don't drink or are light drinkers. None of our guests are heavy drinkers or are the type to get roaring drunk. Plus we have paid for a post ceremony drinks reception, wine with the breakfast and a champagne toast so they will have plenty of booze floating around before they need to hit the bar. The first person to hit the bar will be me, because I don't drink alcohol so I'll want a soft drink (with appletize for the toast get it looks like champagne) .