Post # 1
Hope someone can give me some insight from thier own expirence.
Did you buy your own, did you have enough, what did you buy, did you have a ton left over?
We’re having just over 100 people, we’re buying our own booze. The crowd is 50% under 35 and 50% over 55.
Most of the older crowd are wine drinkers, we will be having wine service with dinner. Every calculator reccomends purchasing 1/2 bottle of wine per person. I know my guests and I think probably it will be closer to 1 bottle pp.
Here is what I’m thinking of buying:
9 cases of wine with 12 bottles per case gives us 108 bottles in total
3 bottles vodka, 3 rye, 3 rum, 2 gin, 1 scotch 1 tequilla
We’re going to do 9 cases of beer (24 each) gives us about 2 bottles pp
I thought I would be saving $ buying my own alcohol, but between the wine and the delivery costs I’m not sure it will be any less expensive than if our venue covered the bar.
Post # 2
We had a venue that allowed us to provide our own alchol. It was WAY cheaper for us. We had about 75-80 ppl, I can’t remember exactly what we spent but it was probably about $700-$800 range.
Key for us – we made our own wine. Going through a Make-Your-Own wine shop, we were able to make a high end batch (each made 29-30 bottles) for way less than what we would buy it for, even by the case. I think we did two batches of red and 1 of white.
Post # 3
Wow, thats a smart idea! I have a feeling that won’t fly with my parents who aren’t exactly wine snobs, but they do like to drink nice stuff.
Thanks for your input.
Post # 4
Check out the Wine Rack for wine, not just LCBO. What about people doing ‘shots’? Is this a popular thing in your circle? We had an open bar for our wedding (venue did not allow for outside alcohol) and groups of people doing ‘shots’/ toasts was a popular thing. You may want to add 3 or 4 bottles to accommodate this (ie Bailey’s, Tequila Rose, Sheridans) Allowing 1 bottle of wine seems too much, even if you have some wine drinkers. Many liquor places allow you to return unopened bottles for a full refund, so if you order too much of one thing you can return it. Not sure if this policy applies to beer cases.
Post # 5
We’re purchasing from LCBO+ Beer Store as we have a gentleman picking up and delivering our orders for us. Just easier than having family do it the morning of the wedding.
I don’t forsee a lot of shots throughout the night. Infact, there will be no shots allowed until after dinner. Of course mixed drinks will be served all evening and I think I’ve covered the most popular kinds.
The LCBO allows you to return only 20% of the overall order. I know my family will happily purchase the leftover, unopened bottles from us as we’re not big drinkers ourselves.
Post # 6
Sounds like everything’s nicely covered 🙂