Average Wedding Cost for Event Bar Service

  • $2,368 is the average wedding cost for Venue, Catering & Rentals Event Bar Service in United States
  • Roughly 57% - 67% of couples purchase this

Note: Average Cost is based on the spending of couples recently married not wedding vendor prices. This includes all types of weddings, event locations, purchases of both new and pre-owned items and purchases of services from professionals, someone that simply provides the service, or a hired family member or friend. Spending and prices can vary widely.

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What's Typically Included in Venue, Catering & Rentals > Event Bar Service

  • Bar service for X number of hours, according to the bar package you select, which may offer top-shelf liquors, premium brands or just wine and beer
  • Bartender service offered at a wedding venue
  • Drinkware at a wedding venue

Additional Cost Items to Look Out For

  • Signature drinks
  • Specialty drink bars like vodka luges and signature drink bars
  • After-dinner drinks
  • Specialty drinkware beyond the site's standard designs, may take rentals of specialty styles
  • Champagne service, just for the toast or offered all night
  • Artisanal ice
  • Custom coasters
  • Custom napkins
  • Stirrers
  • Bar menus
  • Bar signs, such as signs announcing a specialty drink
  • Sourcing liquor from a local brewery or winery
  • Rental of the bar itself
  • Specialty bar like one made out of ice
  • For an at-home party, rentals of drinkware and bar accessories
  • For an at-home party, booking bartenders
  • Specialty lighting at the bar
  • A non-alcoholic drinks bar
  • Soft drink decanters on display at the ceremony
  • Specialty drinks offered at the ceremony
  • Tipping

Why Does It Cost This Much?

Guests know their liquors. They're very savvy about their wines and hard liquors, and they expect high-level, great-tasting drinks. So a bar package featuring top-shelf liquors is of tremendous value and a noted aspect of successful weddings.

Having enough bars and enough bartenders to prevent long lines is also a factor in the cost of bar service, with talented mixologists becoming a part of your wedding's entertainment. A trained bar staff makes all the difference and is well worth the investment, particularly if you'll host an at-home wedding or at-home parties. The bartender makes the drinks, makes sure there is enough ice, and handles bar spills so that you can remain a guest of honor ' not a worker ' at your wedding or party.

We're seeing a return to after-dinner drinks, and the trend of multiple signature drinks, plus specialty drink bars like bourbon and tequila bars to make the festivities all the more exciting and indulgent for guests.