Post # 1
I am new to the beehive! I have been following you guys for awhile and your information has been very helpful and fun to read. It’s getting closer to my wedding date (5 months away) so it’s becoming more “real.”
One question I’m hoping you can help with is alcohol. We are providing our own alcohol (full bar, wine, beer, liquor). We have gotten a few bottles of different liquors here and there. Are any of you providing your own alcohol? How much should I plan on having?
We have around 225 guests and our friends definitely know how to drink 🙂
Also, how many bottles of each liquor?
Any idea would be most helpful! I’m excited to join the hive 🙂
Post # 3
@Plantation: Is it going to be fully open?
Post # 4
- Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort
Oh man, that’s a lot of people! Do you know what your guests like to drink? I’d average one drink per hour per person, cuz some will go way over that but others way under, and do some math from there.
Post # 5
Try to keep it as simple as possible. I don’t know if this will work for you but… our guest list is 160 and we are going to have 2-3 bottles of certain bottles of liquor. and probably just 1 bottle of tequila for shots.
We are supplying our own liquor, but the bartenders are only doing drinks that we will have listed on a sign in front of the bar. These are generally the most common drinks and some will already be premade, so people can just grab it instead of waiting in line. I believe its going to be Jack/Coke, Rum/Coke, Seven/Seven, and something else….
We will have three kegs for beer (Bud Light, Coors Light and Pyramid) and a few bottles of red and white wine.
Post # 6
From an online calculator:
Red Wine: 20 bottles
White Wine: 20 bottles
Champagne: 40 bottles
Beer: 240 bottles
Vodka: 8 bottles
Gin: 4 bottles
Rum: 4 bottles
Bourbon: 4 bottles
Scotch (blended): 4 bottles
Red Wine: 24 bottles
White Wine: 24 bottles
Champagne: 50 bottles
Beer: 300 bottles
Vodka: 10 bottles
Gin: 5 bottles
Rum: 5 bottles
Bourbon: 6 bottles
Scotch (blended): 5 bottles
Planners estimate one drink per person per hour. (A bottle of wine or Champagne contains five drinks; a liter of spirits, 22.) For each bottle of spirits, you need three containers of mixers—club soda, tonic, juice, and so on. Warm weather outdoor weddings call for more clear liquors (for vodka gimlets and gin-and-tonics), cocktail parties might prompt guests to order martinis, and multi-course sit-downs will necessitate plenty of wine.
Post # 7
Thank you SO much from everyone! What great ideas!
@Cady – I LOVE your idea of having what drinks are available on a sign. I’m definitely going to look at doing that.
Post # 8
@Mars62312: Yes it will be fully open.
Post # 9
We estimated 5 drinks/1 bottle of wine/6-pack of beer per guest and it worked out pretty well. We ran out of champagne, but my husband way underestimated how much people love to drink champagne at weddings. :o)
Post # 10
@septcabride: Thanks! This is very helpful! Little things I’ve never thought about before…supplying alcohol for 200 plus!