Post # 1
I need some advice. FI and I (nor our families) are huge drinkers but we want to provide our guests with the oppurtunity to have a drink if they so please. We expect around 130 guest to attend but estimate that only about 70-80 of them may choose to have a drink for various reasons. Of these 70-80 that DO drink, nobody is a hardcore drinker and would have over a drink or 2. I would say most of guests would prefer wine over beer (although we probably have about 10 beer only drinkers), would it be weird to do wine only? I am okay with having beer, I am just afraid it’ll go to waste. The only thing I know we are having is champagne for a toast (with sparkling cider for those who do not drink).
Another question, how much do we need to buy??? We will have both red and white wine and possibly beer. How many bottles of each??
And last, I have heard that at Trader Joes, you can get SUPER cheap wine. We are not looking to spend a fortune because we don’t drink and its not the highlight of our wedding. We are providing a nice sit-down meal, dessert bar, candy bar and other beverage options (tea, lemonade, coffee, water) so we just don’t have the money for a ton of expensive drinks. I have heard Trader Joe sells wine for 2-4/bottle.. Is this any good or is it garbage? If some of the wines are good, can you recommend which ones? Or any at Sam’s Club/Costco that may be worth looking into? We are not looking to spend over 4-5/bottle.
Lastly, for beer (if we decide to go with beer). Is it cheaper to buy it in bottles (we will NOT do cans) from Sam’s or just get a keg? I am not even sure how many a keg serves.. Also, what beer seems to be popular. My FI nor I drink beer ever (yuck) so I have clueless when it comes to beer!
Post # 3
well im english and i live in mexico so ive never tried wine from trader joes, but id be wary of something that costs only 2 dollars a bottle. do you have any friends who like wine? maybe you could buy a few bottles, invite them over for a kind of informal tasting to get their honest opinions
for me, cheap beer doesnt seem any different from more expensive beer, and the same with spirits. with wine however, theres normally abig difference. the cheaper ones are often very vinegar-y
Post # 4
The wine at Trader Joe’s is supposedly very drinkable. I don’t remember the official name but it’s often referred to as two buck Chuck. It’s closer to 3 dollars now.
I don’t know much about how much to buy, but see if you can find a retailer that will allow you to return unopened bottles of wine. Apparently a lot of liquor stores will.
I’ve heard to have about half a bottle of wine per person who you expect to drink wine, but I don’t have personal experience with this.
Post # 5
I don’t know anything about Trader Joe’s, but often you can return unopened cases of beer. So if you went with one or two selections and only opened them as needed, you’d only end up with two partial cases (or however many options you have) max.
Post # 6
The wine from Trader Joes (Two Buck Chuck) is Charles Shaw. And yes, it’s very good. It wins all kinds of awards and in blind taste tests snooty wine people always get very mad because they will rate the Charles Shaw wine better than the really expensive stuff.
Two Buck Chuck is also a “thing” so it can be good for some conversation!!!!!
For averages…… Moderate drinkers will have 2 drinks an hour. There are 5 glasses per bottle, so if you have 80 drinkers and your reception is 4 hours you would do:
80 x 4 = 320 / 5 = 64 bottles.
If it were me, I would do the cabernet savignon and savignon blanc…. they are your medium wines…. not too heavy or dry. most occasional wine drinkers will be happy with those.
The merlot and the chardonnay is what people will recommend…. that’s just becuase they’ve HEARD of those types of wines the most. But merlot is really heavy and full-bodied. I liked red wine and merlot is too much for me. Chardonnay is quite “oak-y” and it’s a dry wine. So, I would stay away from those… unless you know the bulk of your wine drinkers like heavy, dry wines.
I don’t know what you are serving for dinner…. but if it were me I would by 32 red and 32 white…. just split it 1/2 and 1/2.
Post # 7
@3xaCharm: Thank you. I am not sure if we would use 64 bottles but as others mentioned, I def. want to purchase enough and will ask trader joes about returning any unopened bottles. Worst case scenerio I can send bottles home with people as it will go unopened at our house. Is the 64 bottles you are recommending if we DO NOT offer beer? Or 64 in addition to beer?
Are the wines you are mentioning available at trader joes? I am assuming the cheap wines (which good to hear they are drinkable) come in different types.
For dinner, we are serving a choice of beef tips, grilled chicken or salmon. With garlic mashed potatos, vegetable skewers, salad, bread..
We are having hors’dourves from about 5-6. We figured here we would have a “bar” where our guests could get a drink since the hors’dourves will be at stations. This is the ONLY time we are doing a “bar”. Alcohol served in the reception will be served by the waiters/waitresses. There will be no bar to go up to so its not an open bar. We are planning to stop serving alcohol around 8 except our toasts are last so the champagne will come shortly after. We are leaving by 9 because we have a flight to catch! At first I was sad our reception would be “short” but now I am glad because we are hoping ending by 9 will cut down on drinking as well.
Post # 8
We did box wine at our outdoor reception (it has really improved over the years). We “disguised” it in these wine dispensers: https://www.etsy.com/listing/120265140/box-wine-barrel-dispenser-cedar-ideal They also make a great decorative element for the reception!
Post # 9
@kgray0229: oh wow, those wine barrels are awesome! I will definitely be having box wine at my reception, and I’ve been wondering how I might disguise it, on the otherhand everyone knows I drink box wine, so it wouldnt shock anyone at my reception to see a box of wine.
Post # 10
The thing with TJ’s Charles Shaw wine is that it’s very inconsistent- one batch will be fantastic and the next absolutely vile. That’s why it’s cheap- it’s a blend of leftovers from various sources. So the resulting taste just depends on what happened to be leftover that time around. You might get lucky and get a great batch, but there’s no way to know based on looking at the bottles (or they would have to price it a lot higher). It’s done well in taste tests but it’s also done badly- it really just depends what batch people happened to pick it from. I personally don’t have a great wine palate and I probably wouldn’t notice the difference much after having a few glasses.
I love the box wine barrels though! Those are totally cute!
Post # 11
@Brooklyn55: Most places will take your booze back if you don’t drink it. Work with a liquor store for a good deal. Two or three cases of wine should do you. More people will drink red in the winter.
get three cases of wine, one white, two red. And return what you don’t use. Then get two to three cases of beer. Get like one of coors light and something “fancy” like Blue Moon or Stella Artois.
Post # 12
@thdpr: This might sound dumb (we aren’t big drinkers) but how many bottles of wine are in a case?
Post # 13
kgray0229: I like these and they’re cheaper than the boxxle but what did you do with if after?
Post # 14
I would go the keg route for beer! Find cool, mismatched glasses for the guests! That would be a cute decor piece. You could also get a rustic-like bucket, fill it with ice and bottles, as a different route.