Post # 1
For bees who stocked their own bar: how much did it cost? I did some research and think that $1000 is a reasonable guesstimate to have beer,liquor, and wine for 100 guests. My fiancé thinks this budget is way too low, though. I plan on buying trader joes wine, beer from Costco, and liquor that is not top shelf. Am I way off in my price estimate?
Post # 2
We had about 90 guests (with only 2 guests below drinking age). It was a 5.5 hour reception and people drank a lot! We had wine, liquor, and beer. We got everything at Costco. The original price was $1200 but we ended up returning about 1/3 of it because we overbought. I think your budget sounds very reasonable.
Post # 3
Soon_To_Be_Mrs_T: We have roughly 95 guests and we spent about 1400$ but we have a lot of heavy drinkers and we may be using about 6-7 cases for the afterparty at the hotel… So id say up your budget maybe by 100-200$ & you should be good:)
Post # 4
I only spent about 500 for my heavy drinking 100 guests. I also did trader Joes wine and went top shelf. I had a free keg gifted (worth 130) and bought all the liquor straight from the distribution places. Since I knew my guests drinking habits well, I was able to buy only what I knew I needed. Ex. Nobody we know drinks gin, so I skipped buying any. My aunt and my sil only drink margaritas so I bought a half dozen pre-made. I took the guest list and went threw it and wrote down what they all drank and bought accordingly.
Post # 5
- Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA
We had 165 guests (a lot of them big drinkers), a wedding reception plus a welcome BBQ for all guests, and spent maybe $2200? A lot of that was fairly nice ($12/bottle) wine from a cool place where you bottle and package it yourself. Also had a few more cases of wine from TJ and I think 5 kegs (3 microbrew, 2 domestic).