What is a realistic bar tab for 150 guests (Beer, wine, cider, soft drink)?

I have done a mountain of research and the calculations people provide leave us with a figure of about $10k but then when people who have been married make comment it is far less. I just need a realistic figure to put in our budget. We are looking into having the reception as a gin distillery so their drinks are a little pricier but they haven't officially opened yet so I don't have them. Thanks!


Question Asked: 15/06/2020 Wedding Date: 5/03/2022

Most Helpful Response

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(1) Posted: 14/07/2020

Hey there Jenna,

Every venue as every couple is different.

You can find a range of venues with different prices. for a 4-5 hour function, I would recommend $35 per person as a minimum.

We currently have a COVID special, offering no minimum spend.

Let me know if you would like more info on that special.


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(11) Posted: 3/07/2020

Hi Jenna - we would usually recommend a budget of $6000-9000 for a 4-5hr event with 150 guests. We usually find people drink a little more in Summer, a little less in Winter, and of the age and background of your guests can be a factor also. Negotiating a package will help ensure you know what your spend will be and dont get any unexpected suprises at the end when the bill is presented.

(5) Posted: 17/06/2020

Hi Jenna, this will give you a rough idea of how to work out how much you will need to put on a bar tab. Keeping in mind that you know your guests the best in regard to whether they are big or small drinkers. Guests number x time at reception x price per drink. eg 150 guests x 5 hours at reception x $10 = $7,500. Hope this helps, if you have any further questions please don't hesitate to contact me via email functions@thedunesoceangrove.com.au 

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