Drinks per person?

posted 3 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
604 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Hello, we did 8 drinks per person not including the wine at the table.  Our estimated bar bill including the cocktail hour, wine on the table and reception was $6500 and it came to $6400. Ours was per consuption as well.

Post # 4
2696 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

4-6 drinks per person fully stocked open bar.

Post # 5
11379 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2012

@orchidaloha:  i think that is over estimating.  you know your guests and if they are heavy drinkers or not, so maybe you are accurate.

i estimated for each guest, 2 drinks/hour for the first 1-2 hours and then 1 drink/hour after that.  we had half heavy drinkers and half light weights so they balanced each other out.  our bar bill ended up being considerably less than i anticipated.

Post # 6
9137 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

@orchidaloha:  We have always calculated two drinks per person for the first hour and then one drink per person each hour after that.  We also know exacly which guests are teetotalers and won’t drink any alcohol at all so we subtract them from the calculations.  It has worked out for every party we have ever thrown.

For a party from 6pm until 1am I would recommend 9 drinks per drinking adult.  Remember that some guests will dirnk less and some will stop altogether at some point.  I would be hard pressed to drink 9 drinks in an evening wtihout passing out.

Post # 8
6171 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

@orchidaloha:  i’d go with 2 drinks in first hour, 1 drink per hour after that,

some people will stop drinking after 3, 4, 5, drinks, others will keep going, and others won’t drink at all.

12 drinks per person is a ton.

do you pay ahead of time or pay at the end?

are you just trying to over estimate so you can budget correctly?

the last wedding i was at, one of my FI’s friends told him he was going to have 15 drinks.  he stopped at 8.


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