(Closed) DIY Bar Help

posted 7 years ago in Food
Post # 3
4824 posts
Honey bee

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 # 5
3344 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

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 # 7
3344 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

@pnytail01: 12

Our local liquor store and winery gave discounts for buying a whole case.  It doesn’t hurt to ask!

Post # 8
405 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

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
40 posts
  • Wedding: April 2012

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!

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