when to order booze for DIY wedding?

posted 3 years ago in Food
Post # 3
953 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

@Skittles131:  I recommend speaking to the vendor or liquor store. We finalized our order about a week before but started the process probably 2-4 months in advance.

Biggest issues will be storage and transportation – they may provide delivery on the day-of

Post # 4
189 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

Our plan is to get our alcohol the first week of March for our March 22 wedding.  We don’t have too terribly much else going on that week, so that should be the perfect time.  I also don’t want it to take up too much space for too long!

Post # 5
490 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2013 - Callanwolde Fine Arts Center

We finalized our order about 3 weeks before the wedding and then we actually picked up the alcohol two days before. Our wedding was in Atlanta GA and we live in San Antonio TX, so we couldn’t really pick it up any earlier than that. As an added bonus, we were able to drop off the alcohol right at the venue, so we didn’t have to worry about it any more.

Post # 6
2364 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

@Skittles131:  Our venue is also BYOB…how do you know how much to get also?  I’m assuming wherever you order from could assist you on that?

Also…do you think it’s tacky to put the word out that guests can BYOB?  For instance, we are having the standards red/white, light beer, top shelf vodka, gin, whiskey, but if you have a guest that ONLY drinks a certain something, would it be uncooth to let the know they can bring what they want?? 

Post # 7
333 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I don’t think any of it would “go bad” unless you had it somewhere cold or hot. Personally I wouldn’t want it sitting around because it would be annoying, so I would have it delivered the week of the wedding.

Arrangements need to be made well in advance though (2 months should do it, more can’t hurt)

Post # 8
59 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I’ve been buying cases of wine and storing them in my cool, dark basement per the vendor’s advice. I’m going to try a bottle a few weeks before the wedding just to make sure all is wel though. 🙂 We’ll be getting some kegs the day before the wedding. 

Post # 9
331 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2015

I’d say it is highly unlikely the drinks will go bad… They have preservatives in them, and are sealed from the air. Wine generally improves with age. Cans of soda have approximately 12 months life on them, and I’d be surprised if it went bad, given it is totally air-tight. 

Our wedding is in March 2015 and we will start buying it as it comes on offer at the shops, and storing it in our spare bedroom until the day before the wedding when we will transport it to the venue and chill it. We are lucky to have two excellent wine regions within driving distance of our home, so might make a weekend away of our wine buying and stay in the Margaret River wine region for a night or two and stock up!

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