Help!!! We need Booze!!! How much & what to buy?!?!?

posted 3 years ago in Reception
Post # 4
602 posts
Busy bee

I wouldn’t worry too much about high end stuff for mixed drinks… Vodka is great for that, if your guests like that kind of stuff. I’m fond of the pinnacle flavours, as long as it isn’t like cake or whipped, those are just… no.

If they prefer straight, you’re probably going to have to ask around your group.

Post # 5
922 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

We bought all of the booze for our wedding, and this is what I did:

Go to, use their calculator to see how much beer, wine and liquor it thinks you should get.

I started buying mine months ago as things went on sale, and now I’m a couple months out and have everything.

I think having a few options is better than a ton of options. A couple beers, a couple wines, and a few liquors.

I am having 120 guests, and we went with 1 red and 1 white (Apothic wine), 3 types of beer, heavy on the vodka and whiskey (since that’s what our guests love), then a couple bottles each of rum, tequila, gin

Post # 6
922 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

Also, it was important to me to have good liquor, not cheap stuff. That’s another reason I started buying early and searching every store for sales

Post # 8
288 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014


1.  Don’t Stress too much, people that drink are going to drink based on what you offer.  They will find something that they like at an open bar.  Trust me. 

2.  You can buy liquor and wine now.  For that many people I would suggest getting a keg or two, depending on your beer drinkers.  Ask then about it at the liquor store to see how soon you can order.


Vodka- Absolute, Stoli, or skyy are all fine.  I like Three Olive for flavored vodka’s

Rum- Bacardi is plain and is fine for mixed drinks, Captain Morgan if you want spiced, Parrott Bay if you want coconut. 

Gin- Tanqueray or Bombay

Tequilla- Cuervo 1800 or Patron Silver (I prefer Patron) 

Bourbon and Scotch are a little different and I would tend to buy a “higher grade” because people may/may not drink this without a mixer. 

Bourbon- Maker’s Mark and Jack Daniels are pretty popular.  Jack Daniels Single Barrel or Gentelman’s Jack are good for sipping.

Scotch- Chivas Regal, Johnnie Walker Black Label.

Champange- I like Korbel extra dry to be honest and it is cheap. 

Wine-  I’m not a big wine drinker, but when I do its Cabrenet Sauvignon or Merlot.  Both of those are red.  The most common white is probably chardonay. 

You can buy wine and champange by the case.  See if the liquor store will take unopened bottles back.  I live in FL also.  Total Wine will take returns.

4.  I can see your reasoning with a menu, but it’s really not necessary.  You have a signature drink.  People that are going to order “ala carte” probably already know what they like and don’t need direction and I doubt it would speed anything up. 

5.  Talk to the bartenders you hire, they will have a pretty good idea of how much to buy.  You can also ask the liquor store. 

 Like PP said, you don’t need to have EVERYTHING, just a few.  I’m having whatever beers I find on sale, two types of wine,  heavy on the vodka, rum, whiskey and a side bottle of Scotch and tequilla if anyone asks.

I hope this helps, I’m not an expert but I’m definately a fan of the sauce.



Post # 9
371 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014 - Beach

The Brand i know of and can help you with are whiskey: Black Label,green label, chevas for vodka absolute , sky or smirnoff as for rum baccardi is the best and tequlilla petron

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