Post # 1
Since our reception will be on private property – we will be buying everything for the open bar (though what is available will reflect our taste in drinks). I’ve a few online calculators and feel like their numbers/amounts of booze tend to be very modest estimates (not enough booze for the crowd who will attend). Is anyone else buying their alcohol in bulk? How much of what types? How much per person?
Or for brides using signature drinks, limited bar or bar service – how many drinks per person are you planning for?
Our reception will be in the evening, outdoors, on a lake and will probably last well into the night (if that helps with planning suggestions).
Post # 3
We bought our beer & wine at Costco and we just bought our booze at the liquer store
One thing that helped was the drink calculator on EVITE
You put in your total head count. You break down how many heavy,medium, and light drinkers. It will tell you how much you will need. I found this tool really helpful
Post # 4
We are bringing in our own alcohol too. One thing that you should consider is asking your supplier if they take back unopened bottles – that way, you can buy more than you’ll need and just return the ones you don’t use, and you’ll still have peace of mind that you won’t run out.
Post # 5
those drink calculators way OVER estimated for my wedding. We returned like half of our bottles of wine after the wedding. Our 1 keg was still going strong at 11pm too and we were worried people wouldn’t finish it.
Post # 6
Thanks for the Evite Planner suggestion – this definitely seems better than some of the calculators I’ve used before! Both our families enjoy their drinks, so I’m not too concerned with being able to return items, just that I buy enough beforehand (Plus any leftovers will just stock our home bar). Thanks for your help!
Post # 7
we are using Total Wine. They were super helpful on even picking the wine! I told them what the menu was like and what we had to spend. The sales girl even helped us out with when to buy so we could use promotions and coupons.
Other than that we are going to have a signature pre-mixed cocktail for those who are into wine.
Post # 8
Yeah we arent doing any hard stuff ex. whiskey,vodka etc. just canned beer/smirnoffs/mikes hard lemonade etc… People just get crazy one the hard stuff. We are just gonna guess how much when its gone its gone!! beer run any one??
Post # 9
Our caterer kindly provided us with this breakdown for 120-150 guests. He also very strongly advised us NOT to buy any more alcohol then what he reccomends. Why? Because people tend to way over-estimate how much they need.
Champagne – 1 bottle per 8 guests
Beer – 8-10 cases (12 oz bottles) of the following: domestic, lite, imported, micro. OR you could go by the type of beer: ale, lager, stout, wheat.
Wine (in bottles) 8-10 chardonnay, 3 cabs, 6 merlot, 6 pinots.
Liquor (in bottles) – 2 vodkas, 2 rums, 1 gin, 1 scotch, 1 tequila, 1 triple sec, 1 jack daniels, 1 whiskey, 1 bourbon.
Total Estimated Cost – $1,200 for expensive booz, $800 for cheaper stuff.