(Closed) Free Bar = Excessive Drinking?

posted 5 years ago in Reception
  • poll: Do I need to buy more alcohol
    Double the Wine : (1 votes)
    6 %
    Double the Beer / Larger : (4 votes)
    25 %
    More Spirits : (4 votes)
    25 %
    Double Everything : (7 votes)
    44 %
  • Post # 3
    4 posts
    • Wedding: September 2013

    well i was fortunate and was offered all the drink provided for but my worry was running out and in the end the ideal venue for us and they have a bar there so the offer of free alochol was put on hold really except wine on the tables and toast drinks, i like the idea of rum punh on arrival, nice touch !! ive been in 2 minds myself about puttijng money behind the bar for drinks but i dont think its asking too much for the guests to pay for drinks in the evenings perhaps set a certain amount behind the bar which is what im doing, say 200 and when its gone its gone, except for drinks for the kids which i think is fair enough, always so much to think about huh, it seems to be one headache after another. may i ask do you find it hard to swicth of come bedtime lol.. anyway sorry for going on a bit but i hope i could at least help a bit xxx

    Post # 4
    680 posts
    Busy bee

    It’s always better to have too much than not enough when it comes to food and drinks. I’ve NEVER heard someone complain of too much alcohol. And just because it’s there doesn’t mean your guests will see it or think HEY, there’s a TON of booze here. I HAVE to drink my fair share now! Those that will drink excessively will do so whether you buy more or not, so if you feel like you need more, buy more. Are you having it at a hall or reception cite where someone there could help you figure out how much is enough for that many pple?

    Post # 9
    3625 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    We had an open bar and based on what I got back from the caterer (we brought our own alcohol but they served it), we went through all the hard liquor for the signature drink and all the red wine. So I would make sure to stock up on those two. Some brands of beers did better than others which was expected. Surprisingly, I had a lot of white wine left. I would rather have too much than too little so even if you end up with a ton of alcohol left (which we did), you can always use it at your next party.

    Post # 10
    8395 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    Our DOC said she recommended estimating one drink per hour, per person. I think you’d be better off with too much than not enough!

    Post # 11
    2359 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    Just as a note, we had 100 people at our wedding, we had 60 bottles of wine, a red and white on each table plus extras, and we came home with 10 bottles still.  




    We actually came home with a ton of all our booze but we had more variety then you as well.  the scotch we had was a big hit, the bottle was emptied and we only had one bottle.  We had vodka, rum, rye, gin but cant remember how many bottles of each.  I think around 6-8 bottles. Then we had jack daniels, coconut rum, ameretto, baileys, kahlua, and grand marnier.   


    We also had 8 cases of beer and came home with 3


    Post # 12
    4 posts
    • Wedding: September 2013

    @lmc100:  the fact that my rings have arrived from america custom made but are too big, and the fact there stirling silver means problems so right now im a little upset to say the least. 🙁 but 5 months to go i should just set this aside for a bit but dont think il be able to. It was one thing that was struck of the to do list but alas more stress

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