Post # 1
HI LADIES, I NEED SOME HELP WITH CALCULATING HOW MUCH ALCOHOL TO BUY. I AM HAVING 156 PEOPLE INCLUDING 9 CHILDREN AND MY FIANCE AND MYSELF. ITS A MIXED WEDDING WITH ALOT OF CARIBBEANS. I WANT TO DO AN OPEN BAR. ITS A DO IT YOURSELF, SO I HAVE TO CALCULATE HOW MANY BOTTLES OF LIQUOR I NEED WITH MIXERS AND WHAT TYPES TO BUY. HOWEVER, I AM DOING A CHAMPAGNE TOAST SO TOASTING ONLY FOR CHAMPAGNE. PLEASE HELP ME FIGUR
E THIS OUT…THANK YOU SO MUCH…
Post # 3
I found this:
We’re doing our own bar too. We’re looking at 70-100 guests and doing 2 bottles of each type of hard liquor except for vodka where we’ll do 4 bottles. We’re having 2 bars, so it’s one bottle per bar. I think we are also doing 2 cases of champagne (for the toasts) and an addtional 5 or 6 cases of wine? I’m not 100% sure. My FI is taking care of the booze.
We will also probably have 2 kegs of beer.
Edit: We are erring on the side of too much, because other than the beer, anything that is left over, we can take home with us for our own personal bar.
Post # 4
I would remember that if people are pouring their own drinks they will be heavy handed and you will find yourself needing more alchohol than the recommended amount. Of course you know if people are heavy or light drinkers so you can adjust it for that.
I really would rethink the self-serve open bar for a few reasons
1) it gets really messy and becomes a disaster area unless someone is going to reorganize/stock/clean every 20 minutes.
2) People will pour very heavy drinks and there is no one to regulate the drinking.
Something to consider is beer wine and one or two pre-mixed drinks in pitchers for people to pour (Like a cosmo martini and a rum punch). Of course, you will need someone to replenish these just as you would the bar, but with less “stuff” the bar will stay much neater.
Post # 5
No it wont be self serve. I will have 2 bartenders. Its just that the place is allowing us to provide out own alcohol and bartenders….
Post # 6
Thanks alot for the information. It really helps…
Post # 7
@lefeymw: I’m not talking self serve either, just self-purchase to avoid a markup from the caterer. I can’t imagine the mess that would result from a “self server” bar.
Post # 8
Ahhh my mistake.
Well we are doing the same actually, but we are hiring the bartenders from a liquor store and they deliver and pick up all alcohol and mixers. They also will bring back and unused alcohol. We will only pay an hourly rate for the bartenders and the liquor store’s retail price for the liquor used. Can you find a location that will do this as well? Or let you return unused alcohol?
Post # 9
At my wedding we had about 100 people. We had 2, 50L kegs of beer, 60 bottles of wine (30 red, 30 white), and we served 3 types of liquor; rye, vodka and pimm’s. We had about 1/2 of 1 keg leftover and about 25 bottles of wine (we put one of each type on every table so I would say 5 were used separately). I believe 3 bottles of rye were used, 2-3 bottles of vodka, and only 1.5 of Pimm’s. We also didn’t use very much mix at all, I was shocked. We bought I think about 30 bottles of 2L pop/iced tea/lemonade, and I think about half were used. Not everyone drank either, we had some underagers, some non-drinkers and some drivers. We also had some huge boozers! I think it evened out a bit. The one thing I really regretted was not having a fun ‘shooter’ drink because I think a lot of people were disappointed.