(Closed) Help with beverage calculator

posted 6 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@born2teachuga:  Our wedding venue is catered and we are in charge of providing the liquor. I asked for a list of what to get for 120 people and here is what i was told:

26 - White wine 750 ml26 – Red Wine 750 ml3 – Rye 40 oz3 – Rum 40 oz (white)3 – Vodka 40 oz1 – Brandy 40 oz1 – Gin 40 oz8 cases of Beer – 2 kinds

So it gives you an idea. I like the fact that we get to supply it as if we don't use it, we can return it or keep it :)

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

double post

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I would for sure do kegs…my venue coordinator suggested 1 half barrel for every 50 guests.  However, we had 325 people and went through 8 half barrels (we had big drinkers) but we also served complimentary wine only through dinner. Mixed drinks were at each person’s own expense.

With that being said, more people than you expect will probably drink wine if it’s free.  I thought the same thing (we’d go through more beer than wine) but ended up  going through 29 bottles in 3 hours….crazy!

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Here is my very bias take on it; you provide booze, but if people are “heavy drinkers” you should not provide say 12 beers per person in 4 hours.  For me it’s not about having drunk or misbehaved people at your affair it’s about drunk people driving away from your wedding. For me overall 1 drink in 1 hour is what the average person can process, so buying 400 bottles/servings of a combo of wine, champagne and beer for 100 guests should be the limit for a 4 hour party.

You would have to price it, but I presume keg would be cheaper.  Here’s a calculator if you are wondering how much to buy. http://www.realsimple.com/holidays-entertaining/weddings/wedding-wine-liquor-calculator-00000000008314/index.html

 

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

I’m struggling with this too. The guys at our future wedding are big drinkers, beer, wine you name it they love it. I have been told by numerous caterers to buy 1.5 bottles of wine/bubbles per person so where does that leave me when it comes to beer? Im guessing the beer drinkers will drink approx 8 – 10 beers each, that is 2 beers per hour (probably not enough for most come to think of it). I plan to buy over the amount I need then return everything that isn’t consumed. There is nothing worse than running out of booze at a wedding.

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

We were planning on 120 people, leaning more towards beer drinkers than wine.  We bought I think 13 cases of beer, and 15 or so big bottles of wine.  Do you have a Total Wine, or comparable liquor store near you?  They were super helpful for figuring out how much alcohol to get.  We ended up with 2 cases of beer and 3 or 4 bottles of wine left.

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@FauxBoho:  Having 50 drunk drivers on the road is worse. 

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

@aliciapdx:  Umm what? Why would you think my guests would drink and drive? They arent stupid. Have you ever heard of a Taxi? You must be fun at parties.

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@FauxBoho:  I work as an addiction counselor at a women’s prison, primarily with drunk drivers who have hurt/killed someone post-party.  I am not saying your guests are stupid or incapable of calling a cab or carpooling.  Just feel that some brides are essentially supplying cases of beer than a few hours later send people on their merry way without thinking about the possible effects. 

At parties pretty damn fun (and I socially drink) but I am also the one who calls the police regarding drunk drivers in bar/resturant parking lots. 

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

@aliciapdx:  Thanks for your unwarranted concern. 

Post # 13
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

Just because people drink beer at home or on their own dime, soesnt mean they don’t enjoy wine and cocktails at more formal functions.

Kegs will probably be cheaper, but then you have to worry about deposits, taps, and returning the keg. Plus, bottles are a little nicer to walk around with than desposible cups. How important that is to you is up to you, though.

Realsimple.com has a great alcohol calculator.

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