(Closed) Average amount of wine drunk at wedding?

posted 7 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I think this really varies from family to family.  I have a huge Italian family so I know we will go through massive amounts of wine.  FI’s family is German, so we will also go through tons of Beer. 

But for families or friends that aren’t into drinking as much, it will probably be less. 

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

We were charged based on consumption and we had a 5 hour reception with 100 guests.  We went through 13 bottles of wine.  I was kind of surprised by what people drank – 8 bottles of merlot, 2 of pino grigio, 2 of cabernet, and 1 of chardonnay.  It seemed like most people drank hard liquor drinks.

Post # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Typically 2 bottles per table of 10.

Often receptions I work at buy 2 bottles per table and cap it at that.

Post # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

I agree with SparklyBride2011.  It varies.  People drink different things.

In many ways it’s better to get more than you thinks needed but then you don’t want people to get drunk.

As vmec says, 2 bottles is pretty normal, but you could always have an extra one or two per table waiting in the wings.

Post # 8
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2013

My sister just had her wedding Oct 1st.  286 Bottles consumed for 275 people.  I think it all depends on if you have the bar closed for speeches etc.

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

@ashlynndesigns:  OMG that is crazy!  Was there beer and liquor, or was only wine available to drink?  That seems like such an insane amount of wine.

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I normally have a wine during dinner and liquor during dancing. And champagne for toasts. mmmmm I hate dieting and wish I had wine RIGHT NOW!

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I found in “The Green Bride Guide” that you should have the following for 100 people (in addition to liquor): 18 bottles of champagne, 12 bottles red, and 18 bottles white. I think I will replace about 6 of the whites for a blush/white zinfandel. Something I’m considering as well is the age of the people coming. When I was younger I was more likely to have mixed drinks, but now I just drink wine at weddings. Thankfully it’s all based on consumption in your case. Another thing to look out for, and I’m NOT insinuating you shouldn’t trust your caterer/servers, but I’ve read in multiple places that you should figure out how many bottles you start with and then count the empties. Caterers have been known to put empty bottles in the bin and charge you extra. Also, you can tell them to cap it at a certain amount of bottles or price point and then approach you for an “ok” before they open another bottle. Ooh one more, tell them not to go crazy picking up half full glasses that people leave when they get up to dance. That will really drive up your consumption cost.

Post # 14
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2013

We had a FULL bar.  Bar was closed for about 2 hours during speeches and there was wine at the tables.  Pretty sure caterer had people coming around replenishing any empty wine bottles at the tables when the bar wasn’t open.

Post # 15
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@PinkMagnolia:I love your posts:)  I wish I had a glass of wine right now too:)

@kay01: does your venue allow you to just tell them to stop serving wine after 70 bottles?  If so- do that! I’ve been to weddings where I switch what I’m drinking near the end of the night because they no longer offer an drink option/

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