Post # 1
So I did that “simple guess-timate” on how much is needed at a wedding of 200 drinkers and I came up with 70 bottles red and 70 bottles white but I believe that is for 750ml bottles! I was just wondering, if one bottle is for at a COMFORTABLE 8 and this reception is 4 hours, how many bottles do I need? I have a choice of 2 reds and 3 whites (Also, do I do more whites since it is a June 15th summer wedding?)
So pretty much I am asking..
1) For a 4 hour reception of appx (TECHNICALLY 175 people) and a choice of either 2 reds or 3 whites, how many bottles of each do I need? I would like to make sure that more whites are purchased and less red is purchased during the summer month!
Not sure on what food we will be serving quite yet! 🙂 Thank you!
Post # 3
I found this calculation elsewhere on the web.
175 guests x 4 hours x 1 glass/hour = 700 glasses
700 glasses / 5 glasses per bottle = 140 bottles of wine
More white will be drunk in the summer for sure.
140 bottles / 5 types of wine = 28 bottles of each wine
ETA which will be 84 bottles white and 56 red
ETA this calculation takes into account that you’d be serving beer too.
Post # 4
We had 30 bottles of red, and 30 white at ours and we had 100 guests. we came home with 8 bottles. We served it during cocktail hour along with champaigne, and we had a bottle of each on every table(9 tables). Our cocktail hour was an hour and a half, and dinner was the same.
are you only serving wine? If not, how many wine drinkers are you expecting?
Post # 5
Since I am getting the HUGE magnum bottles that serve 8.45 (I am just saying 8!) Would I do that math like this??
175 guestsX 4 hoursX 1 glass/hour= 700 glasses
700 glasses/ 8 glasses per bottle= 87.5
Sooo 88 bottles / 5 types of wine is= 17 bottles of each wine?
Does this sound right??
Post # 6
@emmyp_14: sounds right to me!
Post # 7
As of now, we are ONLY doing wine since that is all that I can afford (I am the bride and I am paying for my wine!) We are planning on serving it during cocktail hour and through dinner and dancing! MY side of the family are drinkers (the majority of the guests) and then exactly 77 on my fiancee’s side will NOT be drinking! I have a few older relatives that probably will only have A GLASS! I am saying 175 drinkers JUST in case! 😀
Post # 8
Apparently magnum bottles are two standard bottles. 1.5litres? (I’ve never seen one). Each glass is being worked out at 150ml. Don’t know if that helps.
Post # 9
@ladyartichoke: Magnums are HUGE! They are a lot more bang for your buck that is for sure!! 😀 I can get a huge magnum with a delicious chardonnay for $10! A little more than a $1 a glass per person!
Post # 10
A Magnum of wine is 1.5 Litres…
And at a standardized pour (industry norm) of 5 ounces *… you’ll get aprox 50 US ounces out of each Magnum… or 10 Glasses.
Based on your calculations for 700 Drinks** that means you’ll need aprox 70 Magnums of Wine
Five types of wine… and that works out to 14 Magnums of each kind (3 Whites & 2 Reds)
As someone who is a bit of a Wine Snob… let me say that my choices here would be as follows…
WHITES – Chardonnay – Sauvignon Blanc – and Pinot Grigio (the most popular varietals)
REDS – A Light to Medium Red… (such as a Pinot Noir or a Merlot) and then one BIG RED (Bordeaux, Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, or a Malbec)
Of note though…
If you are American, you might want to consider also a Rose Wine, such as White Zinfandel which is very popular in the USA
* The standardized pour as I mentioned is 5 ounces (1 legal alcohol unit) … of course there are some places that will pour more or less per person (4 to 6 ounces). You need to confirm with your venue what they’ll be pouring.
** Your calculations for 700 I note are based on 175 Guests x 1 Drink per Hour x 4 Hours… it is my experience that in the summertime (particularly if it is HOT out… and there is a nice chilled WHITE or ROSE available) that Wine Drinkers may very well drink more than that amount… probably closer to 1.5 Drinks per hour (especially so during the Cocktail portion of the evening). Then again they may drink less wine after Dinner, and decide to move onto something else during the Party & Dancing portion of the evening.
Hope this helps,
Post # 11
@This Time Round:
Your post was AMAZING! Thank you so much! I do have some HEAVY drinkers so I am only saying 8 glasses per magnum! I might just do 85 bottles instead but would rather run OVER then run out!
I have decided to go with a Merlot and a Cabernet Sauvignon (2 nice pairing reds, they are so delicious, tried them tonight many times! hehe!)
and then for whites I have decided on a simple yet FANTASTIC chardonnay and then a white zin (since white zin can be used as a stand alone wine and truly paired with everything!)
We are American (I am french, so I prefer a bold red!) but I know here in the summer it will be a white that will be asked for most! Last year around that date we still had snow on the ground (ALL venues have been moved into indoor locations heaven forbid this happens!) So I am thinking of doing 16 bottles of both the Merlot and the Cab (yielding 128 glasses PER MAGNUM under my figuring of 8 glasses per bottle!) and then 22 bottles od the Chardonnay and 22 bottles of the White Zin (yielding 176 glasses per MAGNUM under my figuring of 8 glasses per bottle!)
In Utah (where i live!) they cannot go above 5 ounces a glass!
Post # 12
Hmmm, if the State of Utah cannot go above 5 ounces per glass… then your math is out of kelter.
As I said earlier, there are aprox 50 US ounces in a Magnum = 10 Glasses
So 8 Glasses per bottle = 6+ US Ounces per pour
Merlot and a Cab sound great for the Reds. For the Whites, I agree that a White Zin is the way to go… as is a Chardonnay … as they are both very popular in the US.
BUT I would still add in a lighter white… either a Sauvignon Blanc or a Pinot Grigio, as there are a lot of serious wine drinkers, like myself, who ARE NOT FANS of White Zin (too sweet) or Chardonnay* (particularly an Oaked Chardonnay).
Hope this helps,
*NOTE – infact there is a “movement” in the wine world known as the ABC Club… “Anything But Chardonnay”… because this wine altho a popular one, has for many wine lovers just lost its appeal (was over marketed for so long)
Both Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Grigio with their light crisp taste, are far more appealing than a “heavier” Chardonnay in the summertime.
Personally I’d look at the 44 Bottles you’ve allowed for White & Rose and maybe divide it in 3 (if not 4 categories)
Post # 13
@emmyp_14: My only comment would be to look at the whites and possibly add a third. You have chard, which is the common white, and white zin, which is really a rose. However, depending on the chard, it can come of as very heavy, oaky and buttery, which turns people away from it. Could you add in some pinot grigio or riesling? Light and fruity, but not a white zinfandel?
OK – so I like my pinot grigio and riesling – trying not to be a snob 🙂
Post # 14
I could not find a Magnum of pinot grigio so that sadly is out 🙁 I did find a riesling but was only a smaller bottle, meaning I would need to buy 2 to make up for one magnum bottle size :(! I understand people are trying not to be a snob but how I see it is, I am providing free wine. I would like the chardonnay because it goes with poultry and I love the white zin!! I like that as a stand alone wine! I just don’t want to keep looking into a ton of whites and compromising buying a riesling and then not as many chardonnays and white zin! I might go look at a sauvigon blanc but I think I am pretty set on what I would like to have!! 🙁
Post # 15
If I add a third white wine I planned on 27 bottles of each white and then 17 bottles of each red, How do I split up the white wines? I know a white zin will be more popular so how do I split 54 bottles of white between a chardonnay, white zin and a (just an example) sauvignon blanc?