Post # 1
I’m curious how many of you have found a venue and/or a caterer that allows you to supply your own alcohol. We’ve found a great caterer that will serve our alcohol, but they are charging us about $3500 in service/set-up fees alone (bar set-up, glassware, bartenders, ice, non-alcoholic beverages, mixers, etc.). Does that seem like a lot to anyone else?
I guess I should specify that we are having 3 different bars. At bar #1 we’ll be serving beer, wine, champagne, sangria, and 2 types of signature margaritas. Bar #2 is a mojito bar where the bartenders will be using the same basic recipe and guests will be able to choose what kind of fresh fruit they would like muddled in the mojito (the caterer is supplying the fruit). Finally Bar #3 will be a “gentelmen’s bar” (in lieu of the groom’s cake) and have a selection of scotches, whiskeys, etc. served either neat or on the rocks.
Also, does anyone havin any reccomendations for buying alcohol discount/wholesale? Here in Texas I know we have Spec’s but I was wondering if there were any other better options.
Post # 3
We bought our own at the regular liquor store- it was the same price as Spec’s. We spent ~$800 on alcohol and mixers. There is a new whiskey called forty creek. It’s made here in Texas and its AWESOME. I’m not a whiskey girl, but this is good stuff :). I had it in a piña colada mix at the liquor store- it was awesome.
Post # 4
are you supplying your own alcohol. look into alcohol consignment. they buy back all unopen bottles.
Post # 5
Here in AZ we have BevMo, but I’m sure that’s similar to other chain large liquor stores (like not corner stores). We’re supplying the bottles, and have a bartending service with basic mixers. We’re planning on a keg of a local brew that’s pretty mild (like Bud/Mich/Coors but better), 2 other types of beer, a red, a white, and a dessert wine (or maybe just champagne instead of sweet), and then a few bottles of vodka/whiskey/rum to go with the mixers. Shouldn’t be too expensive.
Post # 6
DH has connections with distributors, so we got all the wine and beer at cost. We hired a friend of a friend to bartend for $20/hour, and she was fabulous!
Post # 7
@ashelaine: I will look in to that whiskey! We were looking for some good suggestions for tasty, different or new stuff!
@ajillity81: Any idea where I should start looking for consignment? Is this a common practice or hard to find?
Post # 8
@Spanish Lace: i hadn’t heard of it until i started wedding planning. in my area it is gaining popularity for those that have to bring in their own alcohol because it is a lot cheaper.
my venue is a hotel so i have to use their liquor.
call your local liquor store and ask if they do consignment or if they can recommend someone who does. or ask your caterer if they do not have their own alcohol package, or ask around.
or do a google search for your area and see what you can find.
Post # 9
We had our reception at a community hall. I hired the caterer’s bartenders (2 at $26 an hour each), did most drinks in red solo cups (except for the wine. We rented wine glasses for that). We had 225 people, I spent about $1000 CND for a full bar. Mind you, that being said, we didn’t have a dance at our evening reception and most people went home by 10:30 PM.
ETA: We bought our alcohol at a regular Superstore liquor store (Loblaw’s) and returned what we didn’t use. (Spent $1700 originally, returned $700, gave away about 2.5 dozen beers because the boxes were half empty and couldn’t be returned and DH and I don’t drink.)
Post # 10
- Wedding: March 2013 - Callanwolde Fine Arts Center
Depending on where in Texas you live, it might be worth it to drive out to some of the vineyards in the Hill Country for your wines. You can get a lot of really high quality wines for a decent price at the cellar stores. Plus, if you sign up for their club, you get an added discount.
We bought our beer/wine/liquor at a regular liquor store and we just made that they had a return policy. That way we could return all of the unopened bottles after the wedding.
Post # 11
We found a local wholesaler who delivered all the alcohol we wanted, picked up any left overs, and refunded us for the resellable bottles (i.e. – unopen with labels still on them). Our caterer supplied the bar set-up and bartenders, but we also just had a standard bar set-up, and nothing complicated like yours!