Post # 1
- Wedding: September 2013 - Castle Farms, Charlevoix, MI
My venue allows us to bring in our own alcohol, so that’s what I plan on doing. I will be having a reception of about 150 people, all of drinking age. Of course some will drink very little, some will drink a lot.
I was thinking beer, white and red wine, rum, vodka and whiskey.
What did you use, and how much?
Post # 3
We brought our own alcohol also. I sat down and went through our list, since I have bartended, I pretty much knew what most of our guest list drank and I knew how much each person would drink. I knew that his sister only drinks Baileys as does one of my friends and my dad, so I knew that one bottle would do. I knew that my aunt from Alaska only drinks Margaritas, but since she is a light drinker, I bought some pre-made individually packaged drinks for her.
If you can do it that way, it is really the best way. I went to a family wedding recently, a good portion of the family, myself included, drink rum drinks and all they had was spiced rum. We all drank nothing or left the reception and snuck down to the bar downstairs.
For the wine, we went with Charles Shaw (2 buck chuck from Trader Joes) I bought two cases of red and a case of mixed white and rose. We only had a few bottles left. Everyone really liked it and it was super cheap.
Post # 4
Trader Joes is a GREAT idea. Unless you are doing a full bar. If you are doing a full bar, I’d go to a bartender and get the low down on a complete list or set up a drink menu so you can stock everything. I’d specify a time, too. Like open bar from __:00 —___:00.
But, if it’s like an alcohol accompaniment:
What are you serving for food? Appetizers?
White wine spritzers and bottled beers (like Blue Moon) are nice in the afternoon.
I’d do a Chardonnay, a Shiraz and an assortment of domestic and foreign beers.
I like TJ’s Sugar Pie Red with Chocolate and Honey Bunch Chardonay with most other dessert fare.
Post # 5
Also, see if you can arrange with a local shop to return items you dont open. Some places will allow that since you will be be purchasing in quantity.
Post # 6
We had 165 guests. We served 2 reds, 2 whites, and 4 different beers. At the end of the night we were left with 4 cases of beer and 12 bottles of wine! We used a store that let us return the unopened cases. I took the wine home for me!
Post # 7
this probably wont help you, but the only alcohol we had was wine. my wedding had a total of 17 people (not all drinkers) and it was only a picnic, no dancing, etc. i had 3 1.5 liter bottles of wine, a moscato, a pinot grigio, and a pinot noir, and that was about the perfect amount for us.