Post # 1
I will be having a couple of cases of a variety beer, and a variety of red/white wine for 40-50 people, anyone have any ideas as to how many bottles of wine I should need??(I’m scared to know the answer haha).
Thanks guys! I got some great ideas from other posts about what kinds to get that are on the cheaper side but still tasty I just have no idea how much to buy…
Post # 3
2 drinks per person for the first hour, 1 drink per person for each subsequent hour. Wine / beer split will depend on the crowd and what they like to drink.
Note: I did not trust this formula, overbought, and had tons of leftovers. I was giving people bottles of wine to bring home. Ridiculous.
Post # 4
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
Do all 40/50 drink wine? Are you serving other alcoholic beverages? We are hosting a similar number of guests along with beer and liquor options so we are planning on 5 Litres of red and 5 Litres of white. However we know that given the option most of our drinking guests prefer liquor over wine and beer.
Post # 5
My caterer suggested 5 glasses per person for a 4.5 hour reception with a full open bar and wine service at dinner… I have a lot of wine. But I’ll drink it if there’s leftovers!
Post # 6
@ElbieKay: oooh this is good to know. OP, I had the same question!
Post # 7
We had 70 people at our wedding. I bought:
4 Boxes of Beer (24 bottles/box)
24 bottles of wine (12 white, 12 red)
4 1.5L bottles of rum (signature drink)
Post-wedding, we ended up with about 2.5 boxes left of beers, 24 bottles of wine and no rum.
Our caterer also provided the soft bar. We didn’t have extremely heavy drinkers across the board, BUT I will say that those who drank drank heavily.
ETA: FWIW, the red was WAY WAY WAY more popular than the white.
Post # 8
There are calculators online to determine stuff like this; you’ll probably want a mix of white and red wine, as well as beer. Some venues may or may not allow hard liquor.
Post # 9
@GRL2289: if you buy from Bev Mo during the 5 cent sale, they take returns! We went through tons tasting it and they returned what we didn’t like. After the wedding, we returned the unopened bottles we had left.
How much do you know about your guests tastes? and/or drinking style? How long is your reception?
If you figure 1 bottle of wine is 5 servings… a case of 12 is 60 servings.
I consider myself a heavy wine drinker and would probably have 4-5 glasses of wine throughout the evening. Others might only have 2 or less (one with cocktail hour and one with dinner).
it also depends on your beverage service during dinner… how are you handling that? Our wine servers did not pour as frequently as I would have liked.
If you want to play it safe, I’d say you’d be more than covered with 3 cases of red and 3 cases of white (with lots left over). More people will likely drink red over white, so if you want to do 3/2 you’d also be fine. If you don’t want to overbuy – just do 2 red and 2 white (cases of 12) and I’m sure you’ll have more than enough.
Post # 10
Well…I would venture to say that half of the guests will probably not drink too much but a good third of them are my friends and they would probably have at least 2-3 drinks. I would love to do other kinds of mixed drinks and we will see what we can afford but my fall back is pretty much beer and wine.
Thank you all this is already super helpful! And I’m glad I’m not the only one wondering about this lol.
Post # 11
@Anise: Wow thank you I had no idea that there were such things as a calculator for that but I shouldn’t be surprised with how much we can do these days. I will definitely check that out. : )
Post # 12
We had beer, wine, and mixed drinks for 100 people for four hours. We bought 12 bottles of red wine and 12 bottles of white wine, but I would say we had at least 3 bottles of white left over, and maybe 4 or 5 of red? There were quite a few non-drinkers and also it was warm out, so I think a lot of drinkers went the mixed drink route (ice!) Also, we did not serve wine at dinner. The manager at the wine store was helpful in advising how many bottles to get, and also offered to take any extras back.
Post # 13
@GRL2289: Some Sam’s Clubs and some liquor stores will let you return unopened bottles of wine! I think you could easily get away with just doing 12-15 bottles total, going on the idea that out of 40 attending guests, at least 10 might be beer-only, leaving only 30 wine-drinking guests. 1 bottle for every 2-3 people. The big drinkers will drink more, but the people who don’t drink much will have less, so it should even out.
And if you budget yourself and get only $10 bottles of win (Sam’s club has good stuff for $10), that’s only $120-$150 total. Pretty cheap!
Post # 15
@LaughLines: Thanks for sharing your experience with me! That is really helpful!
Post # 16
Is the 2 drinks for the first hour and 1 drink for each subsequent hour a standard assumption? Our cocktail hour + reception will be about 5 hours total, and I’d assumed an average of 5 drinks pp (we can’t bring our own alcohol so I don’t have to worry about ordering, this is just for budgeting purposes).
I know some people will drink more, but there are also some in our group who don’t drink at all or drink very little. So…should I up my estimates by one drink?