Post # 1
I would like your advice- either from your wedding experience, experience as a bartender at a wedding etc.
We are having alcohol at our reception. We are trying to figure out the amount of alcohol we need to purchase and would like suggestions! I have tried many websites with alcohol calculators but they are not really helping my situation!
It is a heavy app & cocktail reception and our guest count is ~70. The reception is 3 hours, 7:30p-10:30p. Here is what we are offering:
*beer(a light and a regular)
*2 signature cocktails(brides base is vodka and grooms base is Jack Daniels)
*Sparkling moscato for the toast
We arent sure if we should offer a white & red wine or not or just add 2 more kinds of beer or just leave it as is. No guests are staying overnight onsite, as my venue does not have lodging. The guests overall are moderate drinkers I would say. Not heavy, but not light.
Any advice is greatly appreciated 🙂
Post # 3
I’d say definitely offer a red and white wine. A lot of people don’t like beer, and I’d take wine over a mixed drink hands down.
Post # 4
I would offer white and red wine as well. It is my go to drink for all weddings.
Post # 5
Hmm, we had a late reception on New Years Eve with about 250 guests.
We went through 2 1/2 kegs of beer and about 40 bottles of wine. We served 3 types of wine, and no cocktails.
Post # 6
Definitely offer white/red wine! I don’t like drinking more than one or two beer (I get too full!), and I don’t drink hard alcohol.
Here is a party calculator for Ontario Liquor Board.. not sure where you are from, but ignore the prices… it’s just really useful for determining quantities of alcohol:
Post # 7
@abbie017: I agree with this. Definitely offer wine. 🙂
Don’t know about quantities though.
Post # 8
We only had 25 legal drinkers at our wedding and only about 15 really drink. We had beer, wine (I only had 1 kind though), alcohol mixers, and champagne. Most of the stronger alcohol was still leftover but everything else was gone. I was surprised that people drank soooo much.
Post # 9
I’m with the majority – offer a wine selection as well. If it’s a budget buster you could consider changing the champagne toast to a sparkling cider to compensate.
Post # 10
After reading comments, we have decided to go ahead and offer wine… We are going with a pinot grigio and a white zin. There are like less than 5 red wine drinkers that will be there and they also like the others choices we have so we will be fine with not offering a red specifically.
Just still trying to figure out exact numbers on stuff. We are thinking:
6 cases of beer- 3reg, 3light(24 bottles in each)
1 case each of the wine
2 bottles of JD(1.75mL size)
2 bottles of vodka(1.75mL size)
1 or 2 cases of the sparkling moscato(just for the toast)
What do you all think?? Thank you so much for you advice and comments :))))
Post # 11
As a “red wine drinker” I would consider doing some sort of red instead of a white and a blush.
To me, blush is basically a white, but a red is such a different type of wine. Try a red like a Pinot Nior that isn’t too dry
Post # 12
3 drinks each I’d say and I vote yes for wine.
Post # 13
I agree, a pinot noir is a good light red wine and I’d swap that for the white zin – not many like it.
Post # 14
white and red wine for sure!
Post # 15
I work at a hotel where we do tons and tons of weddings.
You should factor in at least 4 drinks per person. Minimum.
Consider a bottle of wine to be 4 drinks, MAYBE 5 if an experienced server is pouring, but usually at a wedding they’re pouring heavy.
You probably have enough with what you listed above, especially for a three hour reception. You might get more wine or beer and just have it on standby, just because then afterwards you can just take the extra home (or sometimes even back to the store).
Post # 16
So we just went shopping for lunch and bought another 190 lagers! And have decided to buy the same again and double the wine! We are on the way!