Post # 1
So the etiquette in the UK is suggests tha a pay bar is fine – free alcohol with the wedding breakfast and then evening drinks, its fine for the guests to pay.
My FH decided he wanted a free evening bar – that’s OK but how much do we need?
we will have about 180 guests perhaps 140 will drink, some heavy some light, but my FH & my mum (she loves to be involved even though I’m in my 30’s but she is a big help) want to skimp saying its a wedding not a pub, but I don’t want to run out – i think that would be awful!
Rum punch on arrival
We have 24 bottles red wine / 24 Bottles white wine & 24 Bottles of cava for the day (2 of each per table)
- 36 bottles white wine
- 36 bottles red wine
- 120 lagers
- 10 ciders!?
- 9 bottles of Vodka
- 5 bottles Rum
- 5 bottles Gin
Plus a lot of soft drinks, I personally think we need to double the evening wine and beer
I would love some opinions as I have no idea about alcohol – its expensive so I don’t want to waste money but I DONT want to run out!!
Post # 3
well i was fortunate and was offered all the drink provided for but my worry was running out and in the end the ideal venue for us and they have a bar there so the offer of free alochol was put on hold really except wine on the tables and toast drinks, i like the idea of rum punh on arrival, nice touch !! ive been in 2 minds myself about puttijng money behind the bar for drinks but i dont think its asking too much for the guests to pay for drinks in the evenings perhaps set a certain amount behind the bar which is what im doing, say 200 and when its gone its gone, except for drinks for the kids which i think is fair enough, always so much to think about huh, it seems to be one headache after another. may i ask do you find it hard to swicth of come bedtime lol.. anyway sorry for going on a bit but i hope i could at least help a bit xxx
Post # 4
It’s always better to have too much than not enough when it comes to food and drinks. I’ve NEVER heard someone complain of too much alcohol. And just because it’s there doesn’t mean your guests will see it or think HEY, there’s a TON of booze here. I HAVE to drink my fair share now! Those that will drink excessively will do so whether you buy more or not, so if you feel like you need more, buy more. Are you having it at a hall or reception cite where someone there could help you figure out how much is enough for that many pple?
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Post # 6
@walkhard: I forgot to mention in my first post – We asked for a self stocked bar which means the venue wont provide any! so it really is only what we supply – im going to double up the wine & beer and think and buy a couple more bottles of spirt
MrsPHopefully Its an old county club, so its now just a venue for hire with great facilities but a non stocked bar unless you ask for it to be stocked so we are supplying ALL the alcohol
I really dont want to run out, im just finding it hard to get my lovely FH to see that as well!
RockStar33 This looks very interesting – thank you
Post # 7
@walkhard: Im acdtually OK – I do keep thinking of things to add to my spreadsheet but we were quite organised from the beginning – then it was hard to fall to sleep – and I had a bit of dress regret that was tough but we have most things sorted now – its just the paying part!
I havent done flowers yet, but I am going to do those myself I think, 3 months to go!
what are you finding stressful?
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We had an open bar and based on what I got back from the caterer (we brought our own alcohol but they served it), we went through all the hard liquor for the signature drink and all the red wine. So I would make sure to stock up on those two. Some brands of beers did better than others which was expected. Surprisingly, I had a lot of white wine left. I would rather have too much than too little so even if you end up with a ton of alcohol left (which we did), you can always use it at your next party.
Post # 10
Our DOC said she recommended estimating one drink per hour, per person. I think you’d be better off with too much than not enough!
Post # 11
Just as a note, we had 100 people at our wedding, we had 60 bottles of wine, a red and white on each table plus extras, and we came home with 10 bottles still.
We actually came home with a ton of all our booze but we had more variety then you as well. the scotch we had was a big hit, the bottle was emptied and we only had one bottle. We had vodka, rum, rye, gin but cant remember how many bottles of each. I think around 6-8 bottles. Then we had jack daniels, coconut rum, ameretto, baileys, kahlua, and grand marnier.
We also had 8 cases of beer and came home with 3
Post # 12
@lmc100: the fact that my rings have arrived from america custom made but are too big, and the fact there stirling silver means problems so right now im a little upset to say the least. 🙁 but 5 months to go i should just set this aside for a bit but dont think il be able to. It was one thing that was struck of the to do list but alas more stress
Post # 13
@walkhard: Oh no! did they get the mesurements wrong? I have white gold and I need to get my ER & Wedding Band made smaller – but then I just got them from a local place.
the best thing ive heard is, something will probably not go according to plan – so dont stress it.
I know we are having a more basic wedding than some, pretty standard though, church wedding, then venue (old country club) and outside catering, free bar, DJ etc and I started to get worried about decor and this and that and I finally admitted – what will be, will be! as long as the marrage is legal – all is well.
Can a local place resize your rings? You have time so – let it down for a bit. my friends didnt start planning any detail until 2 months before their wedding! it was a great day
Post # 14
@RockStar33: ok that doesnt sound too bad! I think im going to double the beer & wine, get a couple more bottles of Rum & Vodka, ive worked out – 5 drinks per person (some will drink more, some less) should be enough and of course some of those people dont drink at all, I would quite like to have some left over, then we are sorted for a few events haha
Post # 15
@lilbluebird: I would have thought red wine would be left over white, but you never can tell! I think we started off with too much varity, we were going to have, rum, vodka, whisly, gin, sambukka, beer, larger, white, red, rose wine, cava etc but I think it gets too complicated and too expensive, so though we have 10 x Cider (im not sure why) I think just
White & Red wine
Vodka, Rum, Gin
and then thats that!
Post # 16
we now have the eqivilent of 7 drinks per person for a 4 hour reception (not including soft drinks) we might get a little more beer again but we have:
22lt of spirits
90 bts wine
(plus 70 bts for the day)