(Closed) Anyone buying their alcohol in bulk?

posted 8 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
1032 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

We bought our beer & wine at Costco and we just bought our booze at the liquer store

One thing that helped was the drink calculator on EVITE

You put in your total head count. You break down how many heavy,medium, and light drinkers. It will tell you how much you will need. I found this tool really helpful

Post # 4
5263 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2012

We are bringing in our own alcohol too. One thing that you should consider is asking your supplier if they take back unopened bottles – that way, you can buy more than you’ll need and just return the ones you don’t use, and you’ll still have peace of mind that you won’t run out.

Post # 5
2767 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

those drink calculators way OVER estimated for my wedding.  We returned like half of our bottles of wine after the wedding.  Our 1 keg was still going strong at 11pm too and we were worried people wouldn’t finish it.

Post # 7
151 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

we are using Total Wine. They were super helpful on even picking the wine! I told them what the menu was like and what we had to spend. The sales girl even helped us out with when to buy so we could use promotions and coupons.

Other than that we are going to have a signature pre-mixed cocktail for those who are into wine.

Post # 8
314 posts
Helper bee

Yeah we arent doing any hard stuff ex. whiskey,vodka etc. just canned beer/smirnoffs/mikes hard lemonade etc… People just get crazy one the hard stuff. We are just gonna guess how much when its gone its gone!! beer run any one??

Post # 9
204 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Our caterer kindly provided us with this breakdown for 120-150 guests. He also very strongly advised us NOT to buy any more alcohol then what he reccomends. Why? Because people tend to way over-estimate how much they need.

Champagne – 1 bottle per 8 guests

Beer – 8-10 cases (12 oz bottles) of the following: domestic, lite, imported, micro. OR you could go by the type of beer: ale, lager, stout, wheat.

Wine (in bottles) 8-10 chardonnay, 3 cabs, 6 merlot, 6 pinots.

Liquor (in bottles) – 2 vodkas, 2 rums, 1 gin, 1 scotch, 1 tequila, 1 triple sec, 1 jack daniels, 1 whiskey, 1 bourbon.

Total Estimated Cost – $1,200 for expensive booz, $800 for cheaper stuff.


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