We are having about 100 guests at our wedding next summer (only about 50% of our guests will dringk alcohol).
Cocktail hour will start at 5:30pm. Guests will be seated for dinner in main hall at 6:30pm and the bar will close at 11:30pm with the party wrapping up at 12:00am. The bar will be closed for 1.5 hours during dinner (& only wine and water will be served during this time). The open bar cost is $35 per head. If we do consumption bar drinks will run from $2 (for bottled water) - $6 for a mixed drink or imported beer.
We are really trying to save money where possible...do you think we are better off paying $3500 for open bar for out 100 guests or do you think we will end up paying less if we do consumption bar?
Does anyone have a direct experience with this from their wedding?