Post # 1
Oh my gosh, I know there are a hundred different boards about this, but I can’t find just the right one!
We will be serving beer and wine at the wedding (no signature drinks or hard alcohol) for no more than 120 guests. The reception will be about 4.5 hours. How much alcohol should I buy? I’m guessing about 60% will be wine drinkers. Do you think a keg might be cheaper? If so.. should I buy one of two kegs?
Also, where should I buy the alcohol? I’ve been looking online and can’t really find cheap, decent wine. (is there such a thing?!) Honestly, I don’t want to spend more than $10 per bottle of wine. Really honestly, I’d prefer to spend LESS than that. I’ve had suggestions for BevMo, Costco and Trader Joes. Are these the cheapest places? Bevmo doesn’t seem very cheap.. there weren’t any discounts online for buying bulk.
I’m also not concerned about needing to return left over wine. We’ll just drink it! Any suggestions on which types wine to buy would be helpful too. 🙂
So hive, I come to you, for advice. Thank YOU. 🙂
Post # 3
We purchased from a chain near us called binnys. They helped us pick drinks, choose brands and wines, dwtermine how much to purchase and allowed us a full return for all unopened bottles. They delivered the liquor and picked up the left over from the hall.
Post # 4
Costco is great for big parties and bulk alcohol. I don’t know if you have those in the US, but I think Sam’s Club is similar?
Post # 5
Hmmm no Binnys around here.
We do have Costco and Sam’s club though! I’m in Washington. 🙂 I’ll have to check out the prices at Costco. I don’t have a membership so I don’t have a clue. My parents do though- so i’ll have to tag along with them one of these times. 🙂
Post # 6
Get three buck Chuck from Trader Joe’s. It’s good and inexpensive! 🙂
Post # 7
I would also check larger liquor stores or suppliers…usually they give discounts when you buy cases of wine. Did you ask about buying cases? It is cheaper than buying individual bottles and makes sense because I assume you will want to pick a few different kinds of wine and then buy a lot of those.
Kegs are cheaper and generally draft beer is better. But it depends on what kind of beer you want. If you get kegs you will probably get less selection and it depends on what type of beer you are wanting.
There are plenty of good wines for $10 or under, so you shouldn’t have a problem staying at or under this price point. If it was me I would spend a few months sampling and keep track of my favorites and buy those
You can try a calculator, something like this:
If you’re not having champange you would increase the beer and wine. And you probably know your guests better, are they heavier drinkers or not? If you have a lot of drinkers, I would increase the amount some/round up.
Post # 8
Total Wine!! They were sooo awesome helping us figure out wine for the reception. So I actually ended up with 1/2 bottle of wine per person, and we had some leftover. You can return what you don’t drink. You said you’re in WA, where? I went to the total wine in Bellevue and they helped me find a really yummy but cheap Pinot grigio (seriously like $8 for a 1.5ml bottle) and two reds, a merlot and a Pinot noir that were about $8/bottle (.75l). They were california wines, and not anything that people recognize as cheap (charles shaw, cupcake, 14hands, etc). We also got premixed margaritas from there for our “signature drink”. I think everything came to about $500 and there was PLENTY of wine.
We also got two kegs from a local brewery.
Post # 9
I would get on the BevMo email list and keep track of their “buy one get one for 5cents” sales. The one we go to has it every few weeks it seems like. We’ve looked into Costco as well, but FI is a bit of a snob plus their selection isn’t as big as BevMo’s, which makes sense. Good luck!
Post # 10
Thank you so much ladies for the ideas!!! I should definitely buy some cheap wine and test it out before buying.
And I’m just near Everett, so Bellevue isn’t too far. I haven’t heard of Total Wine before, but I will definitely check them out!
Post # 11
Trader joes! You can RETURN what you don’t use. So great.
Post # 12
There is a discount liquor store near us called “Payless Liquor” Check to see if any are in your area.
Post # 13
@anenglish15: Another reason why Total Wine is the best: we went to the store to taste and pick out what we wanted, then went home and got on their website, picked out everything we wanted, paid, and chose the instore pickup option. My dad just had to go to the pickup bay, and they had everything boxed, labeled and ready to go.
Post # 14
We went to Costco … we had 140 guests. Here’s our breakdown:
5 cases of bottled water
8 two-liter bottles of Coke
6 two-liter bottles of Diet Coke
3 two-liter bottles of Ginger Ale and Sprite
3 two-liter bottles of tonic
2 gallon bottles of cranberry juice
9 double bottles of cab
9 double bottles of sauvignon blanc
6 cases of coors light
2 cases of Sam Adams lager
2 cases of Harpoon variety packs
2 cases of Pumpkin Head
it was just around $1000 bucks. I’m not sure of the exact amount because we bought hard liquor too. But we spent less than $1500 for 5 hours of open bar – beers, wine, mixers, and a few hard liquors.
Post # 15
This calculated the wine almost exactly for us (We had 4 bottles left over!) We had a little more beer left over, but turns out that’s not a bad thing!
Post # 16
@Ellegee: Wow, that is really awesome! I’ll definitely have to check them out! They sound really convenient!