Post # 1
I need a bit of help. We’re doing our own bar for our wedding. There will be approximately 80 people in attendance… So I’m trying to figure out some logistics.
We’ll be doing one keg of beer, likely Bud Select, since it seems to be universally liked by light and non-light beer preferences. I’m also wanting to pick up some wine… Trader Joe’s 2 Buck Chuck has been recommended as both good and affordable (I’m not a wine drinker, so I really wouldn’t know.) My first question is, how many bottles of white and red wine should I get?
My second question is in regards to our signature drink. We’re doing a cherry limeade sparkler (totally ganked that one from CPK!). Do you think we should try and choose a second drink, or stick to the one? For simplicity’s sake, this will be our only mixed beverage, as a full bar would be too high maintenance.
This is not a heavy drinking crowd, but I presume at least half of those in attendance will drink moderately. Thoughts?
Post # 3
I think you are covered for selections, do you know if your guests are more beer or wine drinkers?
I would talk with your local Trader Joes manager and ask if you can arrange to return unopened bottles after so if you way over buy it doesnt cost you anything and you dont risk running out. I bet they will let you. (you will need to speak with them ahead of time anyway to make sure they have enough wine for you to buy)
Beer: 100 bottles
Champagne: 15 bottles
Red wine: 18 bottles
White wine: 18 bottles
“Guests will drink more white wine during the summer and more red wine in the winter,” says Linnea Johansson, an events planner and author of Perfect Parties: Tips and Advice from a New York Party Planner (amazon.com). So purchase the same total number of bottles, but adjust the quantities of red and white accordingly: 10% more red (and less white) or 10% more white (and less red), depending on the season.
Post # 4
I guess I could break down the numbers a bit. I’ll have at least 15-20 people not drinking alcohol at all, so that puts us at 60-65 drinkers. I’m guessing more than half of those drinking will be drinking beer. I’m confident that our 1 keg will cover the group. I’m guessing we won’t have more than 25 wine drinkers, and I think that’s at the very most. And I imagine more than half of the drinkers will at least try the cocktail since it’s a “yummy” cocktail…
So to answer your question, I will have more regular beer drinkers than anything.
Post # 5
We had one case of red and one case of white for a similar guest count, and we had some leftover. We had coke, orange and sprite as well and no signature drink. For beer we had two types, I can’t remember how many because we got growlers from a local brewery and hubs dealt with that on his own. We also had champagne for the toast.
Post # 6
@JoJo Bananas: This is a very silly question, and I guess I would find out as soon as I made my way to Trader Joe’s, but how many bottles are in a case of wine?
Post # 7
Our local liquor store and winery gave discounts for buying a whole case. It doesn’t hurt to ask!
Post # 8
there are 12 bottles in a case… and to the person who suggested retuning unopened bottles I dont know about your state but in some sates you can not return alchol… and do not buy 2 buck chuck no one wants to drink that at a wedding…
Post # 9
I would select another alcoholic beverage simply bc some people may want to drink and not be cherry fans.. or have an allgery.
Since you have found an affordable wine maybe try something like a white sangria? Its light and you can make it ahead of time and just have a dispenser or a bartender serve it.
That way there is some variety.. plus guests won’t have to worry about getting it on their good clothing since it’s light in color.
Also Costco has really great wine as well for about 5.00 a bottle!