(Closed) How much alcohol do i need?!

posted 8 years ago in Reception
Post # 4
555 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Typically you plan on 1-2 drink per hour per person is what most catering companies use to figure out numbers. However, a more conservative way to gauge is plan on 2 drinks per person for the first hour then 1 drink per person after that. If everyone is heavy drinkers then maybe stick with the 2 drinks per person. Have PLENTY of water available as well as other non-alcoholic drinks as well!

Post # 5
1940 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I found some information here and put it below.


You can manually calculate the alcohol you need.

  • First, estimate how many people will be drinking at the event. 
  • Second, multiply this number by four (most people drink 2 to 3 standard drinks at a party. We estimate one extra drink per person so that you won’t run out!) This tells you the number of standard drinks you need to accommodate. 
  • Next, translate this standard drinks number into the different kinds of drinks. A bottle of beer provides one drink, a 750ml bottle of wine provides five drinks, and a 750ml bottle of any spirit is about 17 drinks. 
  • Finally, multiply those numbers by the preference percentages (ex. 50% beer, 25% wine, 25% spirits) and you have a shopping breakdown of the alcohol you need to buy.

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