Help with champagne at Chinese wedding banquet

posted 5 days ago in Food
Post # 2
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Busy bee

60 bottles is ~ 300 servings, so 2 glasses pp. Are you sure NONE of the 150 are considered big drinkers? Hennessy is always a biiig part of the asian weddings ive attended, and even people who aren’t drinkers still induldge for celebrations. And honestly, 2 glasses of champagne is extremely small PP unless everyone is actually sober or uber religious. 

30 bottles is cutting it waaay too close. You really dont want to be the host that runs out of alcohol. Just buy from a place where you can return the excess and you’ll be fine. 

Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2022

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@ARL120711:  i know nothing about Chinese wedding traditions so I can’t comment from that perspective, but why just champagne? like just for a toast? in that case i’m sure 60 bottles would be sufficient but if you have anyone that actually enjoys drinking at weddings (I do) I would provide more than champagne or significantly more than 60 bottles. if it’s because of cost or you dont care too much about your guest experience (or you know that all guests really dont like to drink), that’s totally understandable and i would stick with your original gameplan. with an 8 course dinner, i personally would want some red wine and with dancing i would absolutely want a glass of wine or beer or another glass of champagne but again, the priority should be on what you and your fiance want and what your priorities are and if they dont include alcohol then do what is best for you 🙂 regardless im sure you will have a beautiful and fun wedding! congrats!

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Blushing bee

Every SF Chinatown wedding banquet I’ve ever been to growing up as a kid had one bottle of wine + one bottle of 7-Up per table.

 

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Post # 7
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Honey bee

What city is the wedding in? Is the entire guest list from his side?

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2022

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@ARL120711:  i would probably do a bottle of champagne, bottle of red, and bottle of something non alcoholic at every table then have one table set up with extra champagne, wine, and hennessy for people who are more into drinking and they can just help themselves

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Post # 11
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Honey bee

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@ARL120711:  is the venue supplying the alcohol or can you bring it in from say Costco (which has an excellent return policy)?

Post # 12
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Busy bee

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@ARL120711:  “I just really don’t want extra to take home”

LOTS of liquor stores allow you to return unopened liquor. Just check with the store before. You’re way better off buying too much and returning it, rather than running out when people would like more.

Also, you say that his family are buddhist and don’t drink, but are all 150 guests his family? Either way, I would speak to someone in his family about what their circle generally expects. 

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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Are you having a bar or other drinks?  I typically see a bottle of Remy or Hennessey for each table plus soda as pictured above.  If doing wine, I’d do one red, one white per table.   Champagne, I’d start with a bottle per table.  All this is also assuming you have a bar or more on reserve for tables that run out and want more.   Even if the table doesn’t drink it, it’s pretty much expected that someone at the table will take it home.   (I’m Chinese and this is what I’ve seen at many many banquets).

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