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Per head cost or Consumption bar??

Sydney, on March 14, 2021 at 6:55 PM Posted in Wedding Reception 0 11
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My FH and I are having a reception in downtown Milwaukee, Wi. We have 100 guests invited (87 adults, 13 children). About 50 adults are moderate-heavy drinkers.


We are wondering what would be most cost effective...per head cost or consumption bar?
Per head cost isSmiley shame31 for 4hours$35 for 5 hours.
TIA

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Latest activity by Melody, on March 16, 2021 at 3:21 PM
  • Michelle
    Rockstar December 2022
    Michelle ·
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    Never ever do consumption bar because you will be charged everytime someone gets a new glass after taking 2 sips and there is no oversight with the final bill.

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  • M
    Super June 2021
    Melanie ·
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    Definitely per head! Say a drink is $8. 4 drinks in 4 hours, which is completely reasonable, and your're already at your open bar cost. Heavy drinkers will drink more than 4 drinks. Also factor in people who get a drink, put it down, never come back to it, and just go get a new drink. Consumption bars almost always end up being more expensive unless you have light drinkers.

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  • Elizabeth
    Super June 2021
    Elizabeth ·
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    If you have 50 serious drinkers and no teetotalers to balance them out, you're definitely going to want to do per head
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    Just Said Yes September 2021
    Sydney ·
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    There are 100 guest in total. Wouldn’t that balance it out?
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  • S
    Just Said Yes September 2021
    Sydney ·
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    Also, had to look up “teetotaler” 😂
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  • Michelle
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    Michelle ·
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    I would do per head. Consumption bar will end up costing way more.
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  • D
    June 2021
    Dj Tanner ·
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    I would definitely suggest her head count. There’s a lot of people like myself that can easily drink way past $31 in four hours!
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  • M
    Dedicated September 2023
    Meghan ·
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    1000% don't do a consumption bar, one of my family members offered to pay for a consumption bar at her son's wedding and it came out to like $140/person.

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  • KYLIE
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    KYLIE ·
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    There are plenty of times a consumption bar is financially the right choice, but 50 heavy drinkers is not one of them. $35 for five hours is a steal.
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  • Hanna
    VIP June 2019
    Hanna ·
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    I would definitely do per head. Consumption bars tend to be way more expensive in the end because at weddings, many people get a new drink before finishing their current drink (or they get up to dance and forget about their drink). And $35 for 5 hours is an absolutely amazing deal!

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  • M
    Expert April 2021
    Melody ·
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    In your case, I'd absolutely go per head. I'm doing a consumption bar because it will end up being cheaper in my case. We're just doing beer and wine and are supplying the wine so we're really only paying for the beer. Our beer drinkers are also people who will hold onto their beer until it's done, so I'm not worried about them taking a couple sips and forgetting where they put it. But with 50 moderate-heavy drinkers, and especially if it's a full bar, per head will end up costing you less.

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