Post # 1
My fiance and I have a limited budget for alcohol at our wedding. We are having ~150 people and we have $700 to spend. Obviously we can’t do the full bar, and we’re OK with that. Frankly, I’m super opposed to getting my wedding guests wasted and then setting them loose on the streets. Not everyone knows when to say when, right? Anyway, I’m totally OK with running out of alcohol midway through the night. That will give everyone plenty of time to sober up, and if we have lots of other fun drinks, it shouldn’t be a problem.
So for any other brides who have DIYed the alcohol, where did you get it? I’ve been trying to find a place that will offer good prices, and so far everyone has told us they just do regular pricing no matter how much we buy. Were you able to get a deal on anything for buying in bulk? Also, what did you buy?
Post # 3
Is there a price cutter in KC??? If so, they have a package deal for wedding liquor. The lowest cost is around 600. Also, a Macadoodles would be a good place to try. You may also try contacting some of the companys themselves and see if they can offer you anything. Try Major Brands, there is one in KC. You can also ask local bars if they have a package liscense for liquor. If they do, they are able to sell bottles and cases to you directly(note: this not be the way to go unless you know the owner/operator for they may sell ito to you priced by the ounce and it will be more expensive for you that way.)
Post # 4
Check out Costco or Sam’s Club.
Also I’ve been to a wedding where they had a keg of beer and two large containers of premixed drinks….one was a fuzzy navel and the other 7&7. They saved alot of $$ by premixing the cocktails rather than mixing each drink. As the container emptied, the bartending filled it with the alcohol and mixer. You could do that with almost any mixed drink (Capt & coke, vodka tonic, screwdrivers,etc.) I know the groom’s family purchased the containers from Gordon’s Food or something like that. I thought it was a great idea! Plus you didn’t have to wait for the bartender to mix every drink.
Post # 5
Thanks for the suggestions. They give me places to start. We tried Sam’s, and they told us they don’t do bulk pricing on alcohol … Also, our venue doesn’t let us bring in kegs, so we are wanting to do bottles.
Post # 6
Do you have ABC liquor stores where you live? So far they have had the best pricing in my area, even better than Sam’s. They give a slight discount if you buy by the case, and the discount price is marked right on the shelf label. They will also buy back unopened bottles.
If you’re not terribly picky about brands, I’ve had great luck in slowly stocking up on brands that are offering rebates. For example, there was a new vodka out so they were promoting it by offering $20 rebates on a $23.99 bottle We tried it out first and the quality was fine.
Post # 7
Do you have Trader Joes. If you do they have a great selection of wine. Their trademark wine is called Charles Shaw and is around $2.98 a bottle. It is not bad and drinks like a $10 bottle. I always have some in stock at my house.
Post # 8
I’m a big fan of gvsusara’s idea. I’ve had great success at sam’s and costco too.
Its fun to pick out a few inexpensive wines and have a tasting night with your friends – some cheap wines taste really great!
Post # 9
Our budget was just about that! We could have curved it much better had we not had signature drinks
We bought 3 handles of liquor–2 vodkas and 1 gin. Also a case of sprite and a case of coke zero from Sam’s Club. And we bought Tanqueray and Skyy, not the Smirnoff. So we had good liquor. Also, we had a keg of beer ($100) and 3 double barrels of red wine ($10 each) and 24 bottles of white wine from Trader Joe’s at $5.50 apiece
The keg came from a liquor emporium. White wine from TJ’s and the rest from Sam’s. We had to buy schnapps mixers from the emporium too and they weren’t cheap since it was a real liquor store. If you stick to sam’s and costco you’ll be amazed at how far your budget goes. We spent about $800 on liquor and honestly could have done it for about $500 on only beer and wine and maybe a vodka tonic or something basic. But we wanted more varieyt. You can do it just look around!
Post # 10
Do you know anyone in the military or do you live by a military base?! Liqour is always cheaper in their ABC stores and no tax! Thats what my BFF is doing for her wedding, were from VA Beach and we have many Navy Bases so we just go there and buy it from the “packaging store” thats what they call it! So I hope that can be an option for you!
Post # 11
@Meggs, Sam’s is already bulk pricing. I think you asked for a case discount? They don’t offer discounts further than what their prices already are. Anyways, it’s still pretty cheap. A handle of vodka was $20. It is 50% larger than the SAME bottle from the store, the 1.5 L size. So you get 50% more for the same price. In bulk that adds up fastl
What about aluminum bottles? those are a good option. our venue said “no glass” so we had the keg even though i hated the idea of it. In the end, beer is beer =]. but everyone likes aluminum cans, too.
Since you live in KC, I really suggest a Trader Joe’s if you end up in StL any time soon.