(Closed) Hmmm… How much liquor for a reception…

posted 6 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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5963 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2018

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.

Beer:

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
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

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
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2018

@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
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Busy bee

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
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

@Nona99:  Thanks… I wrote those down.

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