Post # 1
So here’s my dilemma… it sounds like a simple one, but I want to make sure we have enough liquor, yet not too much for our reception. The reception venue is an orchard, that has only in the past year or so offered a venue for receptions, parties, etc. They do have a bar, but ask that the bride/groom let them know what liquors they want to have and the quantities needed. Sounds like a great idea, but now I just have no clue where to start to get an accurate estimate and don’t want to pay an arm and a leg for what we don’t end up using.
In our area and in several other weddings we’ve been to recently, its very common for the bride and groom to pay for beer and wine, while hard alcohol is cash bar, meaning guests pay for this portion. We’re planning to do the same, figuring that if guests really must have liquor, they are on their own. Given this, I’m assuming most guests will stick to beer or wine and we’ll need quite a bit.
This is getting lengthy, but do any of you bees have suggestions or have experience in estimating quantities? We’re expecting about 250 guests total, mostly adults, and probably only 50-60% will drink.
Post # 3
Okey dokey, here’s some alcohol math for ya! I was a bartender in NY for two years…so I’m pretty good at this…when you offering something for free…people tend to indulge, so there’s a fine line between overserving and sticking your thumb in the bottle..both are bad….Here’s what I would go by:
Wine: 6 bottles of red and 12 bottles of white will serve 100 guests, multiply that out for your 250 guests and you need 15 bottles of red and 30 white….switch it around any way you like, but 45 should do it.
I keg does about 100 glasses of beer, if you’ve got beer drinkers, allocate 4 per guest, that means you’ve got 25 guests covered with each keg, 10 total if everyone wants some.
Just a starting point, but that should get you going on it.
Post # 4
Cool… I needed to ask this question too. except we’re not having a cash bar and want to provide some liquor for our guests as well. About 100 will be drinking. So I take 2-3 kegs will do as well as 6-12 bottles of wine (not big wine drinkers) and a fe bottle of hard liquor and mixes. Not sure how much of those to buy.
Post # 5
@bridalprincess: If your planning on full bar for100 plus beer and wine I would get this:
1 large bottle of: vodka, gin, whiskey, scotch, vermouth, kaluah & tequila
1 bottle of grenadine, &sweet & sour mix
a case of coke and seven up
2 liters of orangejuice, a gallon of milk
Limes, lemons, pearl onions and pimento stuffed green olives.
Something for everyone in that list, bottom self works fine.
Post # 6
Just make sure that you specify to open the wine bottles AS NEEDED. No joke, I thought that was a no brainer but our caterer’s bartender opened every…single…bottle of wine. We got a huge selection because a lot of our guests are wine experts so we wanted to make sure we had variety. The bartender, never having seen this before, opened…them…all. We were literally sending everyone home with open bottles of wine. We spoke to the caterer after but whatever, the action had already happened. Probably better that I don’t drink them anyway. Best wishes!
Post # 7
@Nona99: Thanks… I wrote those down.
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