Post # 1
We’re getting married at two in the afternoon. We’ll be serving beer and wine at our reception, and are expecting about 120 adults. All the liquor stores I’m getting quotes from keep telling me to expect approx. four drinks per adult, and are quoting me for two kegs.
It’ll be mid-afternoon … would most adults really drink that much?! Not judging or anything, I just don’t drink a whole lot so I don’t know what people would do if it was available.
Post # 3
How long will your reception be? If it’s going to be 4 or more hours, then 4 drinks per person is viable. Some might drink more, some might drink less, but that would be a good guess.
Post # 4
i think it depends on your guests. are they big drinkers? are they wine drinkers or beer drinkers??
Post # 5
I like what soonerpsych said. If it’s 4 hours, then yeah maybe. Though I’d probably drink less during the afternoon, maybe 2. BUT, who knows?
Post # 6
Yeah I think thats about right – 2 beers an hour. Regardless of what time of day it is I will drink that many beers and I know many people that would do so as well.
Post # 7
I worked in catering and believe me- sometimes daytime weddings are surprising! People are in great spirits, they have a few drinks, think “sure, I’ll have a few more…” and often times we would be running low on wine. I think four drinks per person is a fair estimate- some may have none, but some may have 5 and leave one somewhere that they forgot, or not recognize their glass, and go to get another one, etc… Good luck though!!!
Post # 8
It really depends on who you are inviting. I know that we have people that are huge drinkers when it comes to parties that could probably drink 6-8 beers if given them a chance, while others don’t drink at all.
I would say 3-4 drinks a person is pretty standard. It there is drinking at your wedding, people are going to drink – it’s a party and a long one with dancing and good food 🙂
Post # 9
I think that sounds right and I am also of the philosophy that it is better to overestimate and have leftover booze than to run out. I know in my area there are liquor stores that will allow you to return unopened bottles. Is that an option where you live?
Post # 10
What day of the week is it on? If it’s Saturday, that sounds about right.
Post # 11
That time of day, very few people, if any, will drink alcohol. Most folks don’t start drinking till after dinnertime.
Post # 12
If it’s free, they’ll drink it. Especially if you have a younger crowd. Plus you have to factor in that some people will drink half a drink and then sit it somewhere and forget about it, and some people will do wine with their food and then grab a beer and get on the dance floor without finishing the wine…
Way better to have too much than not enough!!
Post # 13
@HoyaLawya2010: We can return the second keg if it’s unopened, but not the wine.
@Pia2010: Yes, it’ll be a Saturday.
@bluebonnet: It’ll be a pretty young crowd, as we’re both pretty fresh out of college, plus FI’s extended family is large and likes to drink.
I guess I just figured people didn’t drink as much before dinner, but I guess we should be prepared with the second keg…
Post # 14
They’ll drink it…maybe if you’re unsure only get one keg and the rest (an equal amount) of bottled beer. Once you tap a keg,if it doesn’t get used, it will be wasted.
Post # 15
Yeah i imagine they’ll drink it. At 2pm, i’d certainly have a few beers at a wedding. Get the second keg as back up and just be sure you have wine that you like! We had about a dozen bottles leftover after our wedding and we drank them up between the two of us over a year.
I dunno–our families have no problem drinking beers at lunch or during the early afternoon on holidays, BBQs, etc.