Post # 1
Here’s the story. My venue can get kegs for $93 (165 glasses of beer per keg). And they can get bottles of wine for $7.50 (at 8 glasses per bottle). If I have 150 guests, how much of each should I get? I’m thinking two kegs and 10 bottles of wine. That would cost about $260. My venue suggested I account for 2.5 servings of alcohol per guest. Do you think I’m getting enough alcohol?
My FI and I are more beer drinkers. He is in a fraternity, and they’re all gonna drink beer as well. I don’t know who would drink wine… probably the girls and older guests? Either way, I’m accounting for 80 glasses of wine. Is this enough?
ETA: We are not trying to cater to heavy drinkers. My dad is scared about them “ruining” the wedding. So we want people to get a glass or two and that be all.
Post # 3
I am also doing keg beer and wine for ~130-150 guests.
We are getting 3 kegs, 24 bottles of wine, and a signature drink (probably 150 glasses worth, not sure yet). Hope that helps!
Keep in mind, some of our guests are heavy drinkers and I am taking into account FMIL’s 4 sisters who drink A LOT of wine 😉
Post # 4
We’re having 150 guests as well and doing 4 kegs but FI’s friends are heavy drinkers and almost everyone drinks beer. We are also doing wine – 6 white and 6 red.
Post # 5
You for sure need to double your wine count. Possibly triple. I think the above count is a lot more on track.
Post # 6
Wow, thanks for the info bees! I’m not sure that I want to cater to the heavy drinkers. My dad is extremely scared that heavy drinkers will ruin our wedding! To the point that he refuses to pay for alcohol, even if it is in our budget. I understand him completely (and don’t expect him to pay) so I’m trying to compromise. Hearing that… would I still need more?
From what I’ve counted: What I have already is about 2.7 glasses per guest.
Post # 7
@kperry3: I think you are ok if you are concerned about the heavy drinkers. If you run out, you run out. I might do a couple more bottles of wine, but the keg count I feel is ok. I would honestly cut back on ours too, but that is something I have decided to compromise with my SO on… wish me luck, lol!
Post # 8
Just watch out for the heavier drinkers going through multiple glasses faster, and then people that only want one or two glasses not getting any because they didn’t act fast enough. It’s not really fair…
Post # 9
@crayfish: Yea, I’ll definitely think about that. I can’t think of anyone who is a “heavy drinker” that will be at my wedding. The only ones would maybe be the fraternity brothers… and we’re gonna have a talk with them before the wedding 🙂
Anyone else want to chime in and help me figure out how much alcohol to get? I would love your opinion!
Post # 10
The general rule that I have heard is to expect 2 drinks for the first hour and 1 drink for guests per hour thereafter. Keep in mind that a lot of drinks will be left on tables and not completed. In addition, some guests may drink more than others. You know your guests best though. Also, people that don’t often drink may socially drink at weddings as well.
Edit: I just wanted to say that I do know men who drink wine, particularly with dinner.
Post # 11
I would definitely add to the wine count and possibly another keg at least.
You should also think about what happens if you do run out. Let the frat boys know there’s very limited beer. And hopefully it’ll work out 🙂
I usually count 3 drinks for the first hour and 2 for the next two, and 1 for the last hour. And if you’re calculating soft drinks I usually stick with 3 for the whole time. As the above poster mentioned people lose their drinks and just go get another one or will drink more than they normally would.
Post # 12
I would add more… even if you aren’t catering to the heavier drinkers, you may leave some with nothing. Are you able to returned unopened bottles or kegs? We are able to do that, so we are ordering TONS of alcohol.
Post # 13
I’ll have to ask them if we can return unopened kegs/bottles. I guess I’m just way modest when it comes to drinking… 3 glasses per hour?! Wow! I know the frat guys do this, but I thought it was a phase. Maybe it’s because I don’t weigh as much and can only drink 2 drinks (at all no matter how much time in between) and still drive.
Post # 14
Our venue gave us a list of what’s needed per hundred guests. They suggested 2 cases of wine (24 bottles).
Post # 15
Uh…along with other things….
Post # 16
Looks like you’ve gotten a lot of good answers, but i though i should tell you what we’re going to do.
We’re not rich so we’re buying all the drinks ourselves from the store and then i got my friend to bartend at the venue. Our guests will get wine with their food (this will probably be about 3-4 glasses per person) and then after dinner there is the coffe and something (baileys or cognac) to go along with the cakes.
For the party (reception) we’re having a very cheap cash bar, both to keep the big drinkers from getting to wasted and so that we won’t be stuck with a gigantic bill…
All our guest understand that we can’t afford to keep them with alcohol all night. (we’re having a very small wedding with just closest family and a few of our closest friends)
Hope you figure it out! Good luck!