Alcohol?!?!

posted 3 years ago in Food
Post # 3
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10495 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

@MrsGorsuch2013:  What type of wedding are you having?  I’ve never done jello shots at one before.  Are you having wine?  How long will the reception be?

Post # 5
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10219 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

Etiquette Snob here… lol

YES want to hear more about the “vision” for your Wedding, and what sort of things you already have in place.

As the Host, your event should have some sort of streamlined look to it, be it uber-casual or all the way thru to ultra-formal

 

Post # 6
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3693 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

So everybody would basically get one beer? I think you need more beer.

Post # 7
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

I’d say more beer and less jello shots. 750 jello shots is an average of 7.5 jello shots per person. Personally, one might be fun but I don’t think I’d want to do that many jello shots.

Post # 8
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2474 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Definitely more beer. I’d go with 2-3 times that at LEAST. You don’t understand – free booze, party – they’re going to want at least 2 or 3 beers each if you’re offering. 😛 

Post # 10
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3693 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Are the 50 guests that you’re counting on not drinking children, religious, or recovering alcoholics? Unless you have 50 people who can’t legally drink or you know never drink because of reasons like those, I would count on everyone drinking.

If you have 100 adults, I would allot 3-4 beers per guest, so you’d need 300-400 cans of beer, which would come out to 13-17 cases of beer. It also depends on how heavy of drinkers your crowd is. Some people will probably have one or two, some people will have five or six, but if you have like 70% of your guests wanting to have five or more beers in that four hours, you’re going to run out of beer.

That’s what I would recommend if you’re going for the “open bar” feel for beer, but you could buy less and get away with it. People don’t need to get plastered at your wedding on your dime!

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Definitely more beer, and less jello shots. I’d do maybe one jello shot IF that. I don’t know how many of your 100 drinkers are jello shot kind of people…

Post # 13
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10219 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

The rule of thumb for alcohol at a Wedding Reception is generally 1 Drink per person for every hour…

More if it is an Outdoor Event on a hot day

And the first drink will be down in under 45 minutes… with some Guests down in under 30 !!

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I asked for more info about your Wedding Reception because I am trying to get a grasp on the sort of event you are having…

  • Indoor / Outdoor
  • BBQ / Sitdown Meal / Buffet
  • Dancing
  • Times (Early Afternoon – Mid Afternoon – Evening)
  • etc

The more you tell us, the more someone like myself who knows a lot about such things can tell you info that is truly useful in your situation

 

Post # 15
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10495 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

Personally, I would increase the beer, and include another option.  Maybe a signature drink, or even something basic like rum & coke.  Coolers or vodka & lemonade could also work.  There are quite a few drinkers who don’t like beer or have are allergic/intolerant to it.

I wouldn’t bother with the jello shots, but if that’s something you picture for your wedding I would leave it to 2/person.

Post # 16
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10219 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

@MrsGorsuch2013:  Thanks.

Ok…

  • 6 to 10 PM
  • Indoor Reception (March)
  • 150 Guests
  • Buffet Meal
  • Dancing after Dinner

Ok then I would say you have to up the Beer (your current plan is just 120 Bottles), and maybe add something else into the mix… Wine, Signature Cocktail to start or an Spiked Punch etc.

Jello Shots just reads “frat party” to me… lol, especially 750 of them (7.5 per drinking Guest)

Unless THAT IS the theme you are going for… I’d cut that element back drastically.

As I cannot see for example Gramma Nancy, one’s Parents, or Aunt Martha & Uncle Bob too enthralled with the whole Jello Shot scene.

I get that a Wedding is about YOU and your Groom… but it is also about your Guests and what makes them comfy.

Afterall I assume, you want people to stay and enjoy themselves to the very end.

 

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