Dinner, Dancing and Reception
Whether there is wine at the table or not, one drink for each guest per hour is enough.
Example - 2 drinks per person for one hour of cocktail plus 5 drinks per person for a reception lasting for five hours adds up to 7 drinks per person. Multiply 7 by the cost of the median expensive drink in the bar package to estimate the average cost per person. For example, if a margarita that costs $5 is the median number, cost per person will be $35.
This may sound too expensive, but it balances out older guests who drink less and younger ones who drink a lot more. It also caters for those that leave half full drinks on the table and ask for more since they are free. Always request your catering manager to alert you when you approach your budget limit so that you decide whether to close the bar or leave it open.