(Closed) How much alcohol!?

posted 6 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
13010 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I’d say definitely offer a red and white wine.  A lot of people don’t like beer, and I’d take wine over a mixed drink hands down.

Post # 4
505 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I would offer white and red wine as well.  It is my go to drink for all weddings.



Post # 5
5921 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

Hmm, we had a late reception on New Years Eve with about 250 guests.

We went through 2 1/2 kegs of beer and about 40 bottles of wine.  We served 3 types of wine, and no cocktails.

Post # 6
424 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Definitely offer white/red wine! I don’t like drinking more than one or two beer (I get too full!), and I don’t drink hard alcohol. 


Here is a party calculator for Ontario Liquor Board.. not sure where you are from, but ignore the prices… it’s just really useful for determining quantities of alcohol:

http://www.lcbo.com/lcbo-ear/jsp/calculator.jsp’ defer=’defer

Post # 7
4124 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

@abbie017:  I agree with this. Definitely offer wine. 🙂

Don’t know about quantities though.

Post # 8
1406 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

We only had 25 legal drinkers at our wedding and only about 15 really drink.  We had beer, wine (I only had 1 kind though), alcohol mixers, and champagne.  Most of the stronger alcohol was still leftover but everything else was gone.  I was surprised that people drank soooo much.  

Post # 9
52 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I’m with the majority – offer a wine selection as well. If it’s a budget buster you could consider changing the champagne toast to a sparkling cider to compensate.

Post # 11
545 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

As a “red wine drinker” I would consider doing some sort of red instead of a white and a blush. 

To me, blush is basically a white, but a red is such a different type of wine. Try a red like a Pinot Nior that isn’t too dry

Post # 12
4755 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

3 drinks each I’d say and I vote yes for wine.

Post # 13
3461 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I agree, a pinot noir is a good light red wine and I’d swap that for the white zin – not many like it.

Post # 14
399 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

white and red wine for sure!

Post # 15
1482 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I work at a hotel where we do tons and tons of weddings.

You should factor in at least 4 drinks per person. Minimum.

Consider a bottle of wine to be 4 drinks, MAYBE 5 if an experienced server is pouring, but usually at a wedding they’re pouring heavy.

You probably have enough with what you listed above, especially for a three hour reception. You might get more wine or beer and just have it on standby, just because then afterwards you can just take the extra home (or sometimes even back to the store).

Post # 16
255 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

So we just went shopping for lunch and bought another 190 lagers! And have decided to buy the same again and double the wine! We are on the way!

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