Post # 1
A few questions about serving alcohol. We’re having a very casual sunset ceremony/reception at a picnic area of a city park and gardens. Alcohol is fine there but the rules are 1) no hard liquor and 2) no glass containers. What and how would you recommend serving?
Also, with that in mind (no hard liquor), what would be a reasonable alcohol budget for 45-50 guests? All adults.
Thanks so much! I actually haven’t BEEN to a wedding since I was 8 years old (I have a tiny family), so this planning is kind of an adventure and the Bee is so helpful! 🙂
Post # 2
seabee26 : that all depends on the level of drinking you anticipate with your group. If you purchase wine and beer cases from Costco or other big stores you can usually return it if it’s unopened obviously (US). My friends are major drinkers especially at weddings so I’d honestly have to budget like a 6 pack or 1 1/2 bottle of wine per drinker. Then less for older family members.
If probably get a spreadsheet going and put your guests into categories to help analyze how much booze you’ll need.
Trader Joe’s and Aldi are also GREAT places to get affordable wine!
Post # 3
seabee26 : Amazon has a great selection of non-breakable glassware, such as the ones below. Besides beer and wine, I would suggest Sangría, as it is so delicious and refreshing.
Post # 4
What about boxes of wine and kegs?
I have a group the same size and am thinking of 2 small kegs. 3 boxes of red, 2 boxes of white, 2 boxes of white zin. I’ll also have a handle of each vodka, whiskey, rum and tequila.
I’m probably gonna have way too much!
Post # 5
So, I love wine and am kind of a wine snob, but I actually enjoy black box wine… the Cabernet and Chardonnay are both great for box wine. I’d have maybe two of each and some beer.
I don’t think sangria is necessary, but it is nice to offer a mix drink option.
I think 500 would be a healthy budget, but you may be able to keep it under 300.
Post # 6
There are a lot of great craft canned beers, hard alcohol seltzer’s (white claw- does that count as hard liquor?), and some really great wine in a can (underwood comes to mind- they even do a sparkling rose that’s delightful!). You could then get some fancy plastic glasses if you wanted to class it up a little. Congratulations!