Post # 1
I can provide my own alcohol at the reception. I am having a hard time estimating what ratio’s to purchase.
I was wondering if any of you had used a poll on your wedding website to determine what to kinds/amounts of alcohol to stock your bar with? Do you think it would be a good idea to at least get a feel for how many beer drinkers vs wine drinkers vs mixed drink fans? I guess I’m terrified of buying too much of one thing and running out of something else. I want to make the most of my bar budget.
My FI is in charge of the website and I want to suggest it to him, but I want some opinions first.
Post # 3
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
Nobody used any of the interactive features of my website and more than a few admitted they never used the website at all even though I had the invitation refer guests to the website to RSVP. I couldn’t even get them to recommend songs for the reception using the website. And yes, it was a super easy website to use that even worked on guests’ smartphones.
Post # 4
There was a period when our venue lost their liquor license and we were going to have to provide our own liquor for the bartender to serve. I just asked the bartender and they calculated how much of everything to buy. I guess you can never be sure, but I think I’d go that route instead of putting a poll on there. I drink all sorts of things so I couldn’t tell you for sure what I’d feel like drinking months from now.
Post # 5
- Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry
We brought all of our alcohol and mixers (including soda), and for the beer and wine, bought stuff we liked. That way if we had extras, it wasn’t a big deal. Just make sure you have a plan for how to get it home from the reception!
Post # 6
I don’t think the poll is going to help very much. Most of my guests are not picky about drink choices and would just check everything on the poll. If it’s an open bar, people will drink what’s available and will be content. If you’re having a bartender, they can give you good estimates for the quantities and types of alcohol you should have, based on the number of guests and length of the reception.
Post # 7
I found this article awhile ago, which seems pretty helpful: http://apracticalwedding.com/2013/01/calculate-alcohol-for-wedding/
I don’t think I would use a poll.
Post # 8
@bleusteel: Yeah I wasn’t going to give the option of more than one choice. Just a generic “what do you gravitate to more” type of question. We are hiring bartenders, just not wedding bartenders. More like someone we know that has experience pouring drinks.
My other plan was to just ask them at the liquor store.
@rebwana: Could you tell me a little about your bar? How many people and what you ended up buying? how much was leftover?
Thanks for all of the replies!
Post # 9
Honestly, people don’t really look at wedding websites, and most won’t be able to guess what they want to drink months ahead of time. I usually don’t decide until the bartender asks me…
There are tons of website to help calculate, and your caterer/bartenders should be able to help with this also.
Post # 10
Go to BevMo’s website and they have a really easy and accurate calculator. I keep worrying about running out of stuff too. But honestly, I don’t think ts that big of a deal. I don’t know anyone that will only drink one thing, if something runs out they can just switch drinks. No biggie
Post # 11
@partyplanner83: If you’re buying your own alcohol most liquor stores will allow you to return unopened bottles – so I would buy a little more than you need (the calculater a PP posted is a good idea). Also your caterer/bartender should be able to help you figure it out!