(Closed) Alcohol at wedding — was the calculator accurate?

posted 6 years ago in Food
Post # 17
2555 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I asked two friends, one owns a very important wine company and the other is a sommelier. Both of them said a bottle per three people to be safe, and it was super accurate.

Post # 18
2555 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

these were my calculations:


-a bottle of wine per three people. if you have a young crowd and your wedding is in the summertime, 50% sparkling, 25% red, 25% white. i thought it was weird but it was spot on.

-About 2 bottles of beer per person (to be safe, you’ll have leftovers)

-Three 2 liter bottles of liquor for 40 people.


I was very afraid that we were gonna be short cause our friends drink a lot, but we were not AT ALL.

Post # 19
12 posts

I think it really depends on the drinking habits of the people you’re inviting. This is one of the most comprehensive blog posts I’ve ever read on alcohol at weddings: http://apracticalwedding.com/2013/01/calculate-alcohol-for-wedding/


If it were me, I’d get extra just to be safe as most places let you return unopened bottles or you could also just save them for yourself.

Post # 20
289 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@peachacid:  That seems soo low. On a good night out, I have friends that can drink 1.5 -2 bottles of wine by themselves.. myself included.

That being said, my friends are party drinkers.

I’m doing to go way over the estimates for our wedding…I had two friends run out, and heading to the offsale for ridiculous prices in the middle of the evening is not option!

Can you return what you don’t use? Our liquor stores here let you return any unopened cases/bottles.

Post # 21
4698 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@lolot:  LOL! I could drink a bottle of wine to myself over 6-8 hours of a regular day..

I love wine.

@bebero:  That’s helpful! I’ve seen similar breakdowns and thought.. really!? That’s it?

Luckily our venue is by consumption so we don’t need to worry about running out or having left over.

Post # 22
107 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Rule of thumb is a drink per person per hour. Include those folks who won’t be drinking in your calculation as well, since it allows some wiggle room for heavy drinkers. As to how you divide that up between beer, wine, and other stuff, I trust this:


Post # 23
300 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

I only had 80 people for 150 estimate (we over estimated plus weather prevented serveal guests from coming), and thankfully the store we bought from took back all cases of beer, wine bottles, and liquor bottles unopened. We had tons of wine, a bit of beer, and almost no liquor left. Know your audience! We bought extra bourbon and it was GONE. True Texans’ party. 

Post # 24
79 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

This is a great thread and very useful for my wedding!

Post # 25
295 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

I’m not a big drinker (usually), but I’ve been known to knock back 4 bottles of wine MYSELF during a wedding. So yeah, I think you need more wine.

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