(Closed) Alcohol Help!

posted 6 years ago in Reception
Post # 2
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

9 cases of wine gives you roughly 432 glasses (9×12 bottles x 4 glasses per bottle). While 9 cases of beer only gives you 108 bottles of beer. I think you need less wine and more beer unless your guests primarily drink wine… Even then you need more beer.

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - The Gables Inn, Santa Rosa, CA

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Timshel:  It really depends on how heavily your guests drink and their preferences… For example, at our wedding we knew that most were light to moderate drinkers and my family is almost exclusively wine drinkers and our friends and coworkers are almost exclusively beer drinkers and DH’s family is a pretty even.  So we did a roughly even split.  We estimated 1 drink per hour for ALL of our adult guests, knowing that some wouldn’t drink at all, or would have no more than 1-2 all night (we had a few pregnant and nursing moms and DDs, and a few recovering alcoholics) and some would drink a bit more (DH’s college and work buddies). 

Also, are you counting a case of beer as 12 or 24?

So, assuming you have a similar crowd that’s 50/50 beer and wine drinkers.

A glass of wine is roughly 5 oz., so that’s 5 servings per 750ml standard bottle.  So, for that estimate, you’d need roughly 1 bottle of wine per person for 1/2 your guests, so 60 bottles plus 1 extra case (one extra drink per person) as a buffer, so 6 cases. (60 guests x (5 hrs + 1 buffer) drinks/5 drinks per bottle = 72 bottles/12 per case = 6)

For beer drinkers you’d need 360 bottles (60 guests x (5 hrs + 1 buffer) drinks = 360), so either 15 or 30 cases, depending on if it’s 12’s or 24’s.  

Obviously if you have heavier drinkers you might want to up that count to 1.5 or even 2 per hr, or lighter drinkers might need even less.  And adjust the #’s for the % of beer vs. wine drinkers.  

 

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - The Gables Inn, Santa Rosa, CA

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Timshel:  Just saw your update on red v. white – this is true, people also usually drink more reds with dinner.  But it depends on your menu, if you had red meat it’s red wine, fish is typically white and chicken is 50/50 (depending on the guest’s preference).  

In general more people like red wine, so I’d recommend going for 75% red and 25% white.  

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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - The Gables Inn, Santa Rosa, CA

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Timshel:  Happy to help.  Also, save your receipts! Nothing says you can’t return the extra bottles after the wedding if your guests don’t go through them. 

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Worker bee

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Timshel:  I just had my wedding with 115 people and thank goodness our venue let us bring our own alcohol too! It saves so much money, we returned what we didn’t use, and we kept what we wanted for future parties!!

Anyway, our breakdown was perfect and this is what we bought: 16 bottles white wine, 10 bottles red wine, 24 cases of beer (24 bottles each), 12 bottles vodka, 6 bottles rum, 3 each: tequila, whiskey, bourbon, gin, then assorted (amaretto, jager, sweet/sour, marg. mix, strawberry/thyme lemonade). Our venue provided soda/lemons/limes/oranges. We ended up having 4 cases beer, 1/2 bottle white, 2 bottles red, and small amounts of all liquor left over…so we ran out of not a thing which was our number 1 concern. Yayy on venues that let you bring in your own!!

Post # 11
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Worker bee

I should have added that our crowd was mainly 25-30 year olds who love to have a good time. If you have an older crowd attending, then maybe more wine and less liquor? This alchohol was used for our 1 hour cocktail, and our 5 hour reception. We then had our afterparty at our hotel bar until 1am where everyone drank like fish there as well. 

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

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SkiBee0515:  our venue is byo as well! how did you end up calculating your mixers? I’m having a bit of trouble with that calculation.

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

Are you getting anything for mixing? Some guests do prefer that. At my wedding, we bought 5 bottles of wine for our head & family tables & had to practically beg people to drink them. know your group though, ours was mostly 23 year olds who like beer & mixed drinks.  

Post # 15
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Bumble bee

We had 2.8 beers per person, 0.6 bottles of wine per person (about 70% red and 30% white), and a few bottles of liquor. We only had about 12 beers and a couple of bottles of red wine left.

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