This is all very true. My SIL got married in the same city (Birmingham, AL) as we had our reception... only two months after we did. Our venues were very different (ours: swanky, modern (smaller) wine loft setting, hers: traditional country club). They also had different policies regarding the bar... Ours was $38 "priced per person" for the first 150 people (then $32/person thereafter), while hers was a flat fee of $6000 for serving up to 300 people. It worked out for both of us, as we had about 120 guests and SIL had between 200-230 guests (about $28-ish/person). If her venue had the same policy as ours did, she would be out over $7500!!audball|1377534345|3509966 said:This is something that varies WIDELY by geographic region and venue. Unfortunately there just isn't a going rate that can be expected. More upscale venues will likely have higher bar tabs. Some venues are just venues and don't supply alcohol leaving you to rely on a caterer who has a liquor license. If you can post some more information about where you're looking, some current (or former) brides may be able to give you a better estimation.
I think the venue that you select should quote you several prices for open bar. It depends on if you're doing wine and beer only or if you're also offering cocktails & hard liquor. It also depends on the quality of alcohol you're offering.jmarshall|1377476838|3509717 said:We are currently discussing the reception, current focus is revolving around the bar..... Anyone have an estimation of how much an open bar will cost per person per hour of reception?