(Closed) Alcohol?

posted 6 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
426 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

If you’re DIYing the bar, I would suggest buying 2 Buck Chuck (aka Charles Shaw, or any other very cheap wine that still tastes very good) and taking off the labels and decorating the bottles. You can also get a few kegs of beer. I think 1 keg starts at about $120 dollars, but they serve quite a few people. That’s what we’re doing.

Post # 5
1750 posts
Buzzing bee

@Mrs.T To Bee: Maybe a champagne fountain and a signature drink? I love a great cocktail but you have so many people.

Post # 6
1093 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

It was hard for us to estimate the amount of alcohol for our wedding of 150 guests. Some may be beer, wine or hard liquor drinkers and how much will they consume. Unfortunately we over bought and Costco wouldn’t take it back. The law in Ca is that if a retailer refunds you $$ for alcohol thats the same as purchasing it and a customer can’t recieve $$ for alcohol. It’s considered the same as buying it if they refund your money. Alcohol can only be purchased from a business with a liquor licence.

If you’re buying your own alcohol I suggest finding out the law in your state. If it’s the same as California and you over buy be prepared to give alcohol away as gifts.. “it’s gonna be an all alcohol giving Christmas this year from the B’s” 

Post # 7
1697 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Im not all techy with posting links but bev mo has a good one, remember to consider the age of the guests invited (my older relatives dont drink). You are so lucky to have a DIY bar! you’ll save SO much $!

Post # 8
7293 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

Does the venue have options or is this something you are runniing and providing for yourself?

I second the 2 buck chuck  and probably some kegs. Mixed drinks is where it gets expensive, so I’m not sure if cash bar or open bar are options since I don’t know how your doing the wedding.

Post # 10
6248 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 1900

@Opus:  Thanks!

Post # 11
627 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@Mrs.T To Bee: Bringing your own alcohol will save you a lot of money. Definitely pro hitting up the Trader Joes, they have some great options. I would also look at a sparkling red wine, I had never tried one until a couple of weeks ago and I LOVED it.

I would also go with gin and whiskey, but I may be bias because I only drink whiskey. 

Also, since you have some choice, I would jazz up the beer selection with some local brews, the prices are usually very reasonable and it is a nice additon to the standard Bud, Amstel, Corona faire.

Post # 12
3257 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Being able to provide liquor for everyone is awesome if you can swing it, but Darling Husband and I were broke and fresh out of college when we tied the knot! We paid for some kegs and had free beer, but people had to pay for liquor. Everyone seemed to think it was fair and appreciate that we at least provided some of the alcohol.

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