So I’m having an open bar, in which I am providing the liquor, and am having 200 guests, though only 150 are old enough to use it. I’m having one of my bridesmaids’ sister, who just acquired a bar tending license, to bartend. How much should I pay her for 4 hours? I am giving her a tip jar. How much should I also tip her?
The quotes that I got from bartending agencys around me ranged from 40-100 per hour for them to just do the setup/serving/clean up. We will be tipping the bartenders, I don't want to ask my guests to do that. Are you also having mixed drinks? If you are that would be a lot of people to serve with only one bartender.
I know half of those people won’t even touch the bar and we will personally already have the bar set up for her when she arrives. Clean up will be wiping down the bar top and helping out with putting liquor away in their boxes. I will have disposable cups. She told me the maximum people she would serve by herself would be 150.
Don’t hire a friendor. Hire a professional who has done this before. Also do not put out a tip jar. Your guests should not be spending money at the bar for your wedding. You should be paying and tipping the bartender.
I didn’t read the comments so if I’m repeating I’m sorry... is there a way you can hire 2 people. I’m in the business and 1 person tending bar for that amount of people is a lot. People will wait for drinks for a while. With that said. I would think at least $200 for 4 hours. You don’t need to tip her on top of that just allow her to have a tip jar.