Am I crazy over the top or are they off??? Ugh, rough day!

posted 3 years ago in Reception
Post # 2
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Barbiestylez:  Can you buy the alcohol at a place that allows you to return unopened bottles? That way you can buy lots to be on the safe side, but not get stuck with extra alcohol that you don’t need.

Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

I’d much rather have too much alcohol than not enough, so I think you should order as much (if not slightly more) than you think you’ll need.  

Post # 4
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Busy bee

It’s better to have more than you need than not enough. There’s nothing worse than hosting an event and running out of food/drinks. Like the person above me suggested, I’d just return what I don’t use or use it for future gifts. 

Post # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2013 - Upstate NY

Barbiestylez:  I read once a way of planning alcohol is that over the course of a 5 hr evening reception the average is 3 drinks. I know that sounds low but it’s the AVERAGE– ex, young people drink maybe 6-7 but there are many older people/ drivers/ pregnant womennon-drinkers.

Now crunch the numbers! Does that help?

Post # 6
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Use this:

http://www.thekitchn.com/how-to-calculate-alcohol-needs-153610

 

You need to decide how many mixed drinks/beers you think each person will drink on average for your entire event. I read online to maybe estimate 1 drink per hour per person…but obviously that will vary a lot. Another thing to consider is that maybe you should get champagne for toasting instead of wine so that you don’t have to buy a bottle of red and one of white for each table…especially since you won’t have many wine drinkers.

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

We used the counts that the liquor store we ordered from suggested.  My recommendation to you is to NOT ask family for their input on stuff like this… No one realizes what you actually need but the people who do this often!  We had leftovers and returned it to the liquor store (minus a small restocking fee) but not a significant enough amount to feel like we WAY overdid it!

Post # 11
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Barbiestylez:  I live in Canada so my answers won’t be that helpful. Phone around and see what answers you get. Tell the people you talk to that they will get your whole wedding order if they allow you to return unopened bottles.

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I think you don’t have enough variety. No gin, burbon, tequila etc? I know I have friends where they will only drink one of those.

Post # 15
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Barbiestylez:  Have one of the guys take a folding dolly in his car. You can get one for $20-$30 It's amazing how much you can safely pack on the Magna Cart

 

If you don’t want to do that, have the car with the booze pull up right in front of the hotel, then go in and get the luggage rack and use that to move the alcohol.  

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