Post # 1
I’m a bit stuck here. We were looking at the amount of alcohol we want to purchase for our wedding. We have a catering service and have to purchase the alcohol additionally and there is no option to give back the unopened bottles. How did you calculate the amount of alcohol needed?
To give you more context: we invited 70 people and we’ll get married in Mexico, so while my family (from Switzerland) is used to drink wine, the people here aren’t. Some of them might drink more then one glass, but they’re more used to drink Whiskey or Bacardi mixed with water or coke. Out of the 70 people there are 5 minors.
Post # 2
Well, there are alcohol/bartending calculators online to help you figure out what to buy based on guest count and demographics. Google wedding alcohol calculator or party alcohol calculator and you should find some.
General rule for total drinks though is two drinks the first hour and one drink each additional hour of the reception per person. So a five hour reception, you’d expect 6 drinks per person on average.
Post # 3
annabananabee : Thank you for your reply! The general rule you refer to seems to be where reasonable! I’ll keep that in mind!
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Post # 5
I’m planning on 50% of the drinks being wine. (32*6 drinks then divided by 5 or the number of pours you expect out of a bottle) I’ll have two whites and two reds. (Cab and Chardonnay and maybe an approachable white blend and a more interesting red varietal). The proportions would depend on time of year and type of food (winter or fall and heavy meals would skew to more red, while spring and summer and lighter dishes would be more white).
The rest would be vodka, whiskey, tequila. If you want a more full bar then add rum and gin. Then provide all the mixers (coke, sprite, oj, cranberry, tonic, soda water). I’d probably have a couple big bottles of vodka and whiskey and then only one or two of the rest unless your group is big into a certain drink.
Then im providing enough champagne for a toast for all adults and a couple of bottles for anybody wanting a glass earlier in the evening.