(Closed) Buying your own alcohol – where? how much? Help!

posted 8 years ago in Food
  • poll: How much did you spend on alochol and bar service/set-up for your reception?






  • Post # 3
    74 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: October 2018

    We bought our own at the regular liquor store- it was the same price as Spec’s.  We spent ~$800 on alcohol and mixers.  There is a new whiskey called forty creek.  It’s made here in Texas and its AWESOME.  I’m not a whiskey girl, but this is good stuff :).  I had it in a piña colada mix at the liquor store- it was awesome.  

    Post # 4
    9635 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2013

    are you supplying your own alcohol.  look into alcohol consignment.  they buy back all unopen bottles.


    Post # 5
    68 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: November 2013

    Here in AZ we have BevMo, but I’m sure that’s similar to other chain large liquor stores (like not corner stores). We’re supplying the bottles, and have a bartending service with basic mixers. We’re planning on a keg of a local brew that’s pretty mild (like Bud/Mich/Coors but better), 2 other types of beer, a red, a white, and a dessert wine (or maybe just champagne instead of sweet), and then a few bottles of vodka/whiskey/rum to go with the mixers. Shouldn’t be too expensive.

    Post # 6
    3763 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: February 2013

    DH has connections with distributors, so we got all the wine and beer at cost. We hired a friend of a friend to bartend for $20/hour, and she was fabulous!

    Post # 8
    9635 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2013

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    @Spanish Lace:  i hadn’t heard of it until i started wedding planning.  in my area it is gaining popularity for those that have to bring in their own alcohol because it is a lot cheaper.

    my venue is a hotel so i have to use their liquor.

    call your local liquor store and ask if they do consignment or if they can recommend someone who does.  or ask your caterer if they do not have their own alcohol package, or ask around.


    or do a google search for your area and see what you can find.


    Post # 9
    1675 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    We had our reception at a community hall. I hired the caterer’s bartenders (2 at $26 an hour each), did most drinks in red solo cups (except for the wine. We rented wine glasses for that). We had 225 people, I spent about $1000 CND for a full bar. Mind you, that being said, we didn’t have a dance at our evening reception and most people went home by 10:30 PM. 

    ETA: We bought our alcohol at a regular Superstore liquor store (Loblaw’s) and returned what we didn’t use. (Spent $1700 originally, returned $700, gave away about 2.5 dozen beers because the boxes were half empty and couldn’t be returned and DH and I don’t drink.)

    Post # 10
    522 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: March 2013 - Callanwolde Fine Arts Center

    Depending on where in Texas you live, it might be worth it to drive out to some of the vineyards in the Hill Country for your wines. You can get a lot of really high quality wines for a decent price at the cellar stores. Plus, if you sign up for their club, you get an added discount.

    We bought our beer/wine/liquor at a regular liquor store and we just made that they had a return policy. That way we could return all of the unopened bottles after the wedding.

    Post # 11
    14090 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    We found a local wholesaler who delivered all the alcohol we wanted, picked up any left overs, and refunded us for the resellable bottles (i.e. – unopen with labels still on them).  Our caterer supplied the bar set-up and bartenders, but we also just had a standard bar set-up, and nothing complicated like yours!

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