(Closed) Anyone purchasing alcohol for their wedding?

posted 8 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

We are also doing the Delaware thing (i won’t tell if you won’t). We budgeted $6k for the alcohol (for 175 people) – but keep in mind that my father is a huge wine guy and chose a wine in the $25 per bottle range. You could probably half that with cheaper wine. Also, we are buying top shelf and providing a full bar. If you didn’t do top shelf and/or didn’t provide a full bar you could also do it for cheaper.

Post # 4
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

We’re purchasing alcohol for our wedding of 80-100 people (also tax free in Delaware!), and here’s what we’re purchasing/budgeting:

20 bottles of Nuvo for toast ($600, includes several extra bottles)

60 bottles of wine ($800)

300 bottles of beer ($1200, although we’re doing all Dogfish Head beers, so that’s more expensive than average)

$400-500 for liquor (bought large bottles at costco–includes 6L of vodka, 3L of gin, 3L of scotch, 2L of bourbon, 3L of whiskey, 3L of rum)

Our reception is pretty long (6.5 hours including cocktail hour), so I think this amount is a little overboard for the number of people we’re expecting.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Delaware thing??  I didnt know about that!  Sounds like a great idea though.  To bad i dont live closer!!!

We are buying our own as well were gonna get a couple kegs (is that ghetto?) and liquor and there is a cheap but yummy wine at Trader Joes for 3 dollars!!!!

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

@3M – we’re doing Kegs too; personally I prefer draft beer!  We’re still having bartenders serve from them so I think that ups the class level.  🙂

This is our plan so far for ~100-120 people:

30 bottles of red wine, 30 bottles of white wine (we made our own)

1 58.6L keg of regular beer, 1 30L keg of light beer

We’re planning on having 2 signature cocktails and I’m stumped as to how much to get.  Any suggestions from someone who has done this??

ETA – Alcohol in Canada is expensive because it is government regulated.  Our wine was pretty cheap.  The beer will be about $265-300 for the big keg, and $125+ for the small keg.

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2008

our venue doesn’t allow alcohol, we had originally wanted to just do champagne for toasts. But since we can’t oh well.

It really depends on how much alcohol you want, wine, beer, champagne and mixed drinks? If you stick with just wine and champagne the cost can be brought down, and you might want to consider that in case there are some people who tend to get a little *ahem* tipsy at weddings.

I’m actually kinda glad that our venue doesn’t allow alcohol because my fi has a close friend who has a reputation for getting drunk at (and even kicked out of) weddings. Crazy!!

Post # 8
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

Wow I’m on the low end! We have about 100 people coming (although not everyone drinks), and we’re planning on around $600 for alcohol. We’re doing beer/wine only though and nothing fancy. Cheaper wine and boring beer. 

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

@Corgitales – We’re doing cheap wine and boring beer too, don’t feel alone!  We are also doing a couple of signature drinks, but I’m trying to steer my fiance towards super-easy-to-make ones.  Like one mix and one kind of alcohol.  Ha.  Boring mixed drinks toooooo!  😀

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

we are purchasing it. our budget is about $1500 for 100 people and we are getting everything at costco! apparently they let you return the unused portion, which is awesome. we are only doing beer, wine, and champange because our group is big drinkers.

Post # 12
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

We had 125 people and paid about $700 in liquor…..we didn’t have a FULL bar but we had 3 signature cocktails (gin and vodka), mixers, white wine, red wine, and beer.

Post # 13
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Bee Keeper

We just did ours and are paying $1400. for full bar for 100. We checked Delaware prices but would only be saving on the tax. Prices are too similar to haul it all down to the site…just not much of a savings. We’re getting it through our caterer (no mark up) and they will deliver and credit us for anything unopened.

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

We are having 150-160 people, and we are spending about 1000 on the alcohol.

6 cases of trader joe’s wine
2 cases of LARGE champagne bottles
10 cases of beer (3 kinds)
5 liters of vodka
4 liters of whiskey
3 liters of gin
3 liters of tequilla
4 liters of rum
2 liters of coconut rum
we also got 1 bottle of Kaluah, 1 bottle of apple pucker, grenadine, vermouth and some mixers.

my mom went to a state w/o sales tax on alcohol (kentucky) and bought the bulk of it.

Post # 15
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

@ejs- do you remember how much of everything you bought and if it was enough? We’re still trying to decide exactly how much to buy.

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2018

Just a thought… try to buy it somewhere that accepts returns so that you can bring back any unopened/unused alcohol!!

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