(Closed) DIY Bar – How much to drink?

posted 6 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

How long is your reception? Is there going to be a sit down meal during it?

Post # 8
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

@aliavenue:  So 4 hrs for 50 “moderate” drinkers works out to 25 bottles of wine and 125 cans/bottles of beer.

 

Post # 9
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I agree it will depend on how long your party is and what you are serving for food, and if your guests are more beer, wine or liquor drinkers. 

24 bottles of wine/champagne will give you about 100-120 glasses of wine. I think wine drinkers would have 2-3 glasses each, including a champagne toast.  I think guys could easily drink 4-5-6 glasses of beer in an evening.  I am not sure how many glasses are in a keg but you can find it pretty easily online. 

I would suggest deciding on 1 or 2 signature cocktails, so you don’t have to buy too many different kinds of liquor. 

Do you have a plan for leftovers? If so, you may want to buy a couple extra bottles of wine just in case. 

 

 

 

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I might get more wine even though the calculator said that, it might turn out that everyone wants to do a champagne toast, even the beer drinkers. Also, some of the wine varieties might be more popular than others.

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

We’re having about 50-60 drinkers, and we’re buying 12 bottles of red, 12 of white, a keg of beer, enough champagne for towering (probably 8 bottles) &a few bottles of liquor for signature drinks. I think that it depends how much your group drinks. My girlfriends could easily put away 5 glasses of wine (that equates to a whole bottle) each. I think you could plan 2.5 glasses for moderate drinkers. Where are you buying wine/champagne/liquor? Most stores give case discounts & many let you return unopened bottles. Fwiw I think a pony keg is way too small for your group unless few are beer drinkers. A half keg is probably the minimum I’d do.

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012 - Watch tower lodge, Black hawk state Park Rock Island, IL

our venue doesnt have a bar we have to supply it and stock it, we are getting two full kegs, one regular beer one light beer, we have 24 bottles of moscoto wine, and we picked three cocktails to serve…i bought three large bottles of each liquor needed for the cocktails and for me i feel this is plenty of alcohol! once its gone its gone and i dont want a bunch of bumbling drooling, stumbling drunk people at my wedding. so i feel what i got was more than enough. the bottles of wine will be mostly saved for the toast…our caterer said their servers will walk around and offer the wine right before the toast, and a few of the bottles will be put at the actual bar for cocktail hour.

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

we have 75 people, and we are getting 2 pony kegs, wine, and ingredients to make 5 specialty cocktails; jack, vodka, and tequila. also soda and water. but we are thinking about 2 bottles of jack 5 vodka, and 3 tequila.

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