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Old 02-23-2009, 12:59 PM   #1
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Hey again Bronco fans....

My wedding is May 23rd and we have just about all the details in place. I wanted to get some opinions on the open bar situation. Some say to leave it open for a few hours and then let the guests pay after that......what do ya'll think?

We dont have a huge budget.....maybe about $1,000

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YES open bar. That would be the right thing to do.........
Where exactly is the reception again?
Like a date and time.
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YES open bar. That would be the right thing to do.........
Where exactly is the reception again?
Like a date and time.
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Old 02-23-2009, 01:10 PM   #6
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Every wedding I've been to has an open bar to a certain limit (like the first two kegs). You shouldn't have to foot the entire bill just so your guests can get wasted.
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Hey again Bronco fans....

My wedding is May 23rd and we have just about all the details in place. I wanted to get some opinions on the open bar situation. Some say to leave it open for a few hours and then let the guests pay after that......what do ya'll think?

We dont have a huge budget.....maybe about $1,000

Thanks

At my wedding, we ordered a couple of kegs, and had about 20 bottles of wine (about $8-12 bucks a bottle). Everything else was "pay to play." I think that's a decent way to go.
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At my wedding, we ordered a couple of kegs, and had about 20 bottles of wine (about $8-12 bucks a bottle). Everything else was "gay for pay." I think that's a decent way to go.
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Hey again Bronco fans....

My wedding is May 23rd and we have just about all the details in place. I wanted to get some opinions on the open bar situation. Some say to leave it open for a few hours and then let the guests pay after that......what do ya'll think?

We dont have a huge budget.....maybe about $1,000

Thanks

That's a good idea. Open Bar for a few and then close it down and don't annouce it either way.
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I think you should only do open bar for the people who spent over a certain amount on your gift. The rest can pay.
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Hell, yes, open bar. A wedding is pretty intolerable without one.
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I think you should only do open bar for the people who spent over a certain amount on your gift. The rest can pay.
Sounds good to me!

The place has a kork fee and when we figured it out, it was about the same to leave the bar open for a few hours.

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Old 02-23-2009, 01:53 PM   #15
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At my wedding, we ordered a couple of kegs, and had about 20 bottles of wine (about $8-12 bucks a bottle). Everything else was "pay to play." I think that's a decent way to go.
Word to your Taco...

Pay for the beer and wine, let your alcoholic friends buy their own hard stuff. If they want to just use your wedding to get hammered, they can go screw themselves. Save your money for a house or car...
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Since you are having an open bar, tell me when and where and I'm there. I'll also bring a wedding gift, a cheap gift, but a gift is a gift.
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If your budget is $1000, go with Taco's suggestion. My wife and I were footing our own bill for the wedding. I got married this past October and we had 70 people attend our wedding. We knew that open bar, where some drinks would be up to $10 (not including the tax and tip automatically added on to the tab) that we would basically be forced to cut the cost out of our honeymoon. I figured that for what we could afford an open bar would only be open for about an hour, knowing my friends. So instead we ordered a keg and $400 worth of wine and champagne. My feeling was - wine to keep it classy and a keg to get drunk. If people weren't good enough for what we were providing them, screw em, they can pay their own way. And really, I don't want to know anyone who is too good for free beer.

As it ended up the wedding was a blast and we ordered about another $100 in wine. Don't kill yourself over the finances on the wedding, keep it in a ball park that makes you comfortable and don't worry about anyone else the day of. If they're going to call you cheap for how you run your bar, screw 'em, they're probably chargers fans anyway.
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Old 02-23-2009, 02:38 PM   #18
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Open bar dude.

How many people you talking?

For about 100 people here is what I suggest:

2 bottles gin
4 Vodka
2 Scotch
12 bottles wine 750ml
Keg of brew
15 champagne

You can certainly scale it back depending on how many people and the vibe of your crowd but I've been thru over 100 weddings over the years and hate to come up short at a party!

Hit up a Cosco and shop around for the keg. Besides they'll be people wanting to chip in however they can. Easier just to toss a spread out and have fun!

Oh add in a little grub, and some good tunes and you are set!

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If your budget is $1000, go with Taco's suggestion. My wife and I were footing our own bill for the wedding. I got married this past October and we had 70 people attend our wedding. We knew that open bar, where some drinks would be up to $10 (not including the tax and tip automatically added on to the tab) that we would basically be forced to cut the cost out of our honeymoon. I figured that for what we could afford an open bar would only be open for about an hour, knowing my friends. So instead we ordered a keg and $400 worth of wine and champagne. My feeling was - wine to keep it classy and a keg to get drunk. If people weren't good enough for what we were providing them, screw em, they can pay their own way. And really, I don't want to know anyone who is too good for free beer.

As it ended up the wedding was a blast and we ordered about another $100 in wine. Don't kill yourself over the finances on the wedding, keep it in a ball park that makes you comfortable and don't worry about anyone else the day of. If they're going to call you cheap for how you run your bar, screw 'em, they're probably chargers fans anyway.

HAHAHA, thats funny you say that, because some of them are Chugger fans and they probably would say that. Thanks for the help, I will talk to the chick about that and see what we can do. Yea, i would rather just bring some wine and kegs, but we'll see what happens.
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Open bar dude.

How many people you talking?

For about 100 people here is what I suggest:

2 bottles gin
4 Vodka
2 Scotch
12 bottles wine 750ml
Keg of brew
15 champagne

You can certainly scale it back depending on how many people and the vibe of your crowd but I've been thru over 100 weddings over the years and hate to come up short at a party!

Hit up a Cosco and shop around for the keg. Besides they'll be people wanting to chip in however they can. Easier just to toss a spread out and have fun!

Oh add in a little grub, and some good tunes and you are set!

Congrats!


You are fonecoed!
Thanks Meck....
I just talked to the chick, and she reminded me that the place we are getting married at, they don't allow us to bring in kegs or beer. We can bring wine, but for a korkage fee. So we decided to have an open bar for up to $1,000. We have a woman in charge of telling us how much we have spent every 30 min or so. Its at a golf course so we have all the food and the facility taken care of.

Thanks dude....I am fonecoed!
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My wedding is May 23rd and we have just about all the details in place. I wanted to get some opinions on the open bar situation. Some say to leave it open for a few hours and then let the guests pay after that......what do ya'll think?
I don't mean to throw a wet blanket over the festivities, but my opinion on an open bar at a wedding?

Hell, no.

Not unless you're prepared to "police" the crowd to make sure that nobody leaves to drive drunk.

Not unless your bartender is professional enough to cut off the booze supply for someone who has clearly had enough already.

Not unless you're willing to get sued for liability and damages if one of your guests drives drunk after the reception and injures someone.

Personally, I wouldn't want any of those hassles at my wedding. NO bar, period.

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Thanks Meck....
I just talked to the chick, and she reminded me that the place we are getting married at, they don't allow us to bring in kegs or beer. We can bring wine, but for a korkage fee. So we decided to have an open bar for up to $1,000. We have a woman in charge of telling us how much we have spent every 30 min or so. Its at a golf course so we have all the food and the facility taken care of.

Thanks dude....I am fonecoed!
A golf course that doesn't allow beer is like a brothel that doesn't allow prostitutes.

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Well let's just get rid of all the food! Wouldn't want anyone to get food poisoning and sue you over a bad shrimp! Music? No wouldn't want to piss off anyone in the neighborhood. Wedding? Nah....Just head over to the court house! lol

Better yet 2438. Just get er done at a tailgate. Plenty of free booze, food, and music all over!
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