Post # 1
So our venue does not offer a beer, wine and soda package, just an open bar package which I cannot afford.
I’ve figured out the beer situation since they are kegs and need to be served at the bar, but the wine situation is giving me a headache! They won’t let me purchase bottles of wine and have it served at the bar, rather they charge per glass if people get it at the bar. We can however, provide bottles of wine at the table for people to pour themselves. I want wine all night because I won’t be drinking the beer.
Here are my options:
1. Pay for wine by the glass (5.50 per glass), which is even more than a mixed drink (4.50 per glass).
2. Have 2 bottles of wine at the table( ~20 per bottle) and when its gone its gone. People can search around for wine if their table finished the bottles.
3. Have 3 bottles of wine at each table? People can search around for wine if their table finished the bottles.
4. Ask if I can have the bottles of wine put out at a table by the bar for people to refill their drinks all night (not even sure if they will allow this). Also have 2 bottles of wine at each table.
Post # 3
This seems complicated and like it could end up costing you the same in the end. My friends over a 4 hour period would very easily drink a bottle of more by themselves. I picked option 4, but did you think about drink tickets? I am not usually a fan of this, but if you want to supply your guests with some drinks this may be the best way to do it and make sure you don’t go over your budget.
Post # 4
Ideally, option 4, I think. But how many people per table? And is this just for dinner, or for the whole night too? If it’s 6/table and just for dinner and toasts, then option 2 should be fine. If it’s more, you might want to go for option 3…
Post # 5
Is your family more of a beer or wine drinking family?
I would say my family is a beer family while his is more of a wine at social events as are friends.
So for me I would put a minimum of 3 bottles of wine at each table.
I would call up wholesalers or even liquor stores directly and see if they will give you a bulk rate. Buy the magnum bottles too since they are cheaper.
Roughly speaking a bottle of wine would give you 4-5 glasses which means if you have two each guest at the table is only getting one glass of wine all night.
ETA: Another option is buying more and put it in reserve and only pulling it out to put at tables with no more wine when it’s gone. Then working out with wherever you purchase it if you can return unopened bottles.
2 buck Chuck (really more like $3!) seems to be very popular with brides offering their own wine. They claim it’s decent wine for the price
Post # 6
How many people per table? There are calculators to find out how much you need to provide.. so I would figure in the beer and wine, and put however many bottles per table needed for how many people seated there… working it into the table scape if you can’t work it onto a host table… 2-3 most likely won’t be enough… I’ve also seen people keep a stash of cases on the side so tables can grab an unopened bottle for their table when the run out…
Post # 7
Oooh – the drink tickets idea might be quite reasonable. A couple of drinks per person, then cash bar once they’ve used them up?
Post # 8
I don’t think you need to buy $20/bottle wine for a wedding honestly. What I drink at home is not what I felt like I had to serve at our wedding. Most open bar packages uses crappy $5/bottle wine anyways. I’d see if you could find something in the $10 range (which really isn’t so hard for a solid drinkable wine) and that’ll cut your wine budget in half right there. I also like the table-of-wine idea best. Both because it spreads things out better (some tables might have 6 beer drinkers, some might have 2), and also because it will cut down on the number of open but not finished bottles. I ended up with about 1.5 cases of wine unopened after my wedding and I’m still drinking it– which is just a win all around 🙂
Post # 9
Oh wait! I did not catch that the wine you’re serving is $20 a bottle. Not necessary!
Seriously not necessary. You can find decent wine for under $10. A lot of people like Yellow Tail and that’s generally around $10.
Post # 10
I don’t have a choice with the cost of the wine 🙁 I can’t bring in my own wine and have chosen the cheapest wine option that the venue offers….If I could bring in my own wine it would totally solve this problem.
There will be 10 people per table…which I figure is only 1 glass of wine per person. But I would say half the people are wine drinkers half are beer drinkers. I am just worried that if there is wine on the table people who normally don’t drink wine will have a glass with dinner and not finish it, and then the wine drinkers for the rest of the night will have less wine…
I did think of drink tickets but I REALLY don’t like the idea. I figured if i did do it, I have place card holders so the other half of the place card could be torn off as a drink ticket, but I just have visions of “admit one” tickets in my head 🙂
I have a VERY large wedding (~300 people), so drink calculators have said I need at least 140 bottles of wine which is crazy I think!
Post # 11
Aw that sucks about having to use their wine! I did a post about how we did our self-catered alcohol that might help you with amounts:
Self-catered Alcohol: The results!
But honestly 140 bottles total sounds low to me for 300 people. We purchased 60 bottles for 75 people. We had 42 bottles actually consumed, which is just over 1/2 bottle per person attending (and keep in mind we had beer as well). So for 300 people I’d say you need at LEAST 150 bottles total, i’d probably do more like 175ish.
Post # 12
I recommend Barefoot! It’s really good and only $7. They serve it at weddings all the time too. Get the giant bottles for at the table.
Post # 13
I would say that it’d probably be best to just put 2 large bottles of wine at each table. You can find some pretty good wine for a cheap price.
Post # 14
@CorgiTales Thanks for your post! It really helps see how other weddings alcohol consumption went. I LOVE verdi champagne…its so good 🙂 Hmmm…now I’m wondering if I can request that from the vendor.
Post # 15
Ohhhh. Total bummer that you have to pay $20 per bottle!
In that case then I think you are better off having your venue serve the wine by glass at the bar. I think this way there will be less waste. Only people who actually want a glass will get up to get a glass.
Post # 16
@Gerbera I know its crazy to pay so much…ugh. I was thinking the same thing about wine by the glass that people would potentially waste/drink less because they had to actually go back to the bar, but then the other part of me thinks I’m going to be fuming as I see half drunk glasses of wine everywhere haha. Oh the fun of providing alcohol!