Hey all, not sure if this is the place to post this but it seems somewhat relevant. Also I already made this post under a friend's account by accident and she asked me to remove it and deleted her account.
Anyway, we live in Ontario, Canada and are looking at a gorgeous garden venue in
Newcastle, ON. They have an approved caterer that we must use, and she
is lovely and well known in the area. However, neither the venue nor the
caterer provide the alcohol that we need
for our bar.
The venue does, however, provide us with certified bartenders, all
glassware, and any mixes and condiments that we need. The bartenders and
glassware are included in the rental fee, and they charge for the mixes
and condiments based on consumption. They say
that typically ranges between $3-$5 per person depending on your
This all seems reasonable to me, however I am wary about having to
provide our own alcohol. I have been looking at calculators online but
I'm still not able to grasp how much I should expect to spend.
Our wedding will be about 90 guests which will include some light
drinkers but mostly people who really drink. We will be serving booze
for 6 hours (1 of which is cocktail hour) and it will be an open bar.
Anyway, to make a long story longer, I just want to know if providing
one's own alcohol is a common thing? Does it save money or end up
costing just as much/ more than when the venue or caterer provides it?
Finally, how do you know how much to buy? The worst
possible thing that could happen would be to run out of booze!