(Closed) Alcohol–Am I forgetting any of the basics?

posted 7 years ago in Food
Post # 3
629 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Hmm…it seems like you’re covering the basics pretty well.  Maybe throw in a schnapps of some sort?  Apple or peach?  A handful of my friends are also big gin and tonic fans, it that may be one you want to get feedback on from your crowd – I think you either love or hate gin haha.

Post # 4
3871 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Are any of your guests gin drinkers?  Or tequila? What about flavored rums or vodka?  Some people like dessert wine or a blush wine?

By the way, you are going to save a ton of money by being able to buy your own alcohol.  I was able to do this for my wedding and we save so much money. I think we saved about $2K by buying our own beer and liquor and that was for 130 guests.

Oh, I would ask your liquor store if you can return unopened liquor.  My store allowed us to returned unopened liquor.  It was great.

Post # 5
242 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

I agree with adding gin and would also add a bottle or tow of triple sec for mixing.

Post # 6
939 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

ditto the gin! 

Post # 8
3871 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

We went to a distributor that had a party specialist, so they gave us some good numbers.

Since the DH’s family drinks more than my side, we bought extra.

I can’t remember the exact numbers but I know we had…

bottles of red wine, white wine, champange

We had a bottle each of flavored rums and vodka. 

We had a couple bottles of regular rum and vodka.

My husband likes Jameson and so does his grooms men.

Mother-In-Law like seagram seven (it’s a kind of whisky)

We had the mixers like triple sec and peach shnapps and I think others.

A bottle or two of irish bailey’s cream.

I like mailbu rums so we had a couple bottles.

I also had a secret drink that I asked my caterer to make for me since I can get picky with my drinks.  I bought a bottle of pineapple rum so they could make me pineapple mojitos.  I wish I would have gotten a few more bottles of the pineapple rum because a lot of my girl friends started requesting it and we ran out. Oops.

We had some gin.

Few whiskey and scotch bottles.

Then there’s butterscoth liqueur or licorice liquer.

Think of the drinks your guest like to drink. Like  Rum and cokes, cranberry vodka, red bull and vodka, manhattens, 7 and 7, car bombs… etc.

Now for the beer.  Since my family is asian we had to get a few cases of heinken beer. 

We all all love yeungling beers so we had to get a few cases of that. (which is a lager)

Then we had a few cases of bud light, coor light.

Other beers like Fat tire, we had low calorie beers, we had coronas, we had MGDs, we had guiness beers. We had blue moon, we had kilians irish red… etc.

Yeah, practically, you name it we had it.

Oh, we paid our caterer to have some bartenders on hand, so it wasn’t self serve.  Our caterers actually supplied the regular mixins.  Like fruit juices, soda, garnishes like limes, lemon, oranges, cherries, etc.

I think we only spent about $1200 total in alcohol.  Which is way cheaper than what it would have cost if we paid for an open bar from a caterer. It would have cost us about $3400 for 130 guests and that was just for wine and beer bar.  I think we even returned some of the unopened liquor.  So we got money back.

Oh, the store we went to was called Total Wine.  Is there one near you?

Oh, we had a mixture of top shelf stuff and lower shelf liquor.

Post # 9
3344 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010



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