(Closed) Did your or are you purchasing all the alcohol for your wedding?

posted 7 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
3942 posts
Honey bee

We are going to!

Our caterer gave us a list of how much we need for 100 guests. We are cutting that by about 20% though because we aren’t expecting 100 people. We’re having a full open bar and I plan to go to BJ’s to stock up. We’ll offer 2 Reds, 2 Whites, Champagne, vodka, rum, tequila, gin, whiskey, beer and I think a few other things? The caterer is providing the bartender, mixers, ice, soda, etc.

Post # 4
287 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

Yes we are providing our own booze. Our caterer charges $4/pp for bar setup which includes all mixers and garnishes. We bought most of the boozeit this weekend, here is what we have: (we have big drinkers..)

-How many guests did you have? 160ish over 21

-How did you calculate how much alcohol to purchase? Evite drink calculator mostly, plus we are doing table wine so that added 2 bottles per table (19)

-What did you offer? We are having 3 types of wine at the bar (cab/shiraz blend, pinot grigio, chardonnay). We have 20 magnums of red, 24 of white

Liquor: stoli vodka(6x 1.75l), jack daniels (2x 1.75l), crown royal (3x 1.75l), captain morgan (2x 1.75l), jose cuervo (2x 1.75l), malibu 2x 1l), bombay sapphire (5 x l.75l) dewars scotch (2x 1l)

Table wine: 2 cases each of: Cloud break chardonnay and parallele 45 cotes de rhone

Beer: Bud Lite – 10 cases (24packs), Corona Light 4 cases, Sam Adams 2 cases, Heineken 2 cases and O’douls 2 cases

Champage: 2 cases for tray passed, 3 cases for toast.

Specialty cocktail – 5 handles of sweet tea vodka – will be sweet tea vodka and lemonade

-Did you have too much, enough, or to little? I think we have (more than) enough!

-What did you run out of?

-Kegs or cans? Bottles

-Did anyone complain?


Good luck!

Post # 7
3175 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

We didn’t want to have a bunch of leftover, so we literally went through our guest list & estimated how much each person would drink of each beverage, then tallied that up. We rounded up by several bottles of wine & pints of beer, of course. I didn’t want to use a calculator, because a lot of our family members don’t drink, or, if they do, will only have one glass of wine. 

Post # 8
1252 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

We did but I don’t have all the details (my sister took care of it as our wedding gift) but I can say we had a TON of wine and beer left over, but they had to do a liquor store run for more Vodka and Tuaca at some point during the evening. 

ALSO – if you are going to have 2 bars make sure that you get at least 2 bottle of all the liquor!

Post # 10
2580 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

We did! This is what we got:

8 bottles Absolut2 bottles Tanqueray2 bottles Dewars2 bottles Crown Royal1 case Heineken (bottles)1 case Amstel (bottles)1 case white wine1 case red wine

2 cases coke (24 cans each)2 cases diet coke2 cases sprite6 cases bottled water2 cases tonic (10 oz bottle 24 pack with screw top)2 cases soda water (10 oz bottle 24 pack)4 big bottles cranberry juice

We had 125 guests and this was pretty perfect–we had a few bottles of wine, some soda, and a little bit of gi leftovern. We decided to forego the rum and champagne. And yes, we did go through all 8 bottles of vodka…Darling Husband is Russian 🙂

All in all, it was way cheaper than getting a bar package (we used catering bar staff, but bought the alcohol wholesale and got the mixers at Sam’s). I think all of the alcohol was about $850 or $900 and we spent another $150 or so on mixers. We followed our caterer’s recs and nobody complained–everyone had plenty to drink!

ETA: Like @reebee, we had 2 bars, so we had enough for the same items at each. Our caterer provided lemons/limes and ice.

Post # 11
287 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

Definitely talk to your caterer/bar people about how many bars there will be, this will impact what you will need! We are having 1 for cocktail hour and 2 for dinner, so we may up some of the liquor to 3 bottles, but if we don’t think it will get used they are just going to bring the bottle from the cocktail hour outside to the bar for dinner.

We ended up spending about $2400 including tax.We are allowed to return any unopened/un-iced bottles of wine or liquor.


Will let you know how it went once I return for the honeymoon! (YAYYY)

Post # 12
3175 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@MsBrooklynA:  lol, yeah, it was a lot of work for 80ish adults, I can’t imagine doing it for 300!!

Post # 13
147 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Nope!  Because 

a)  FI and I don’t drink


b) Venue doesn’t allow alcohol

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