(Closed) “How Much Alcohol?” Help!!

posted 10 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
572 posts
Busy bee

I’m planning on just doing beer and wine and bringing my own so this is really interesting, thanks for posting!  It seems kine of excessive though…maybe my math is wrong but…200 bottles of beer per hour=2 beers per person per hour?  Most receptions are about 4 or 5 hours from start to finish, that means 8 or 10 beers per person for the night in addition to half a bottle of wine per person (100 bottles of wine divided by 50 bottles)…um no.  Cost aside, I am not having my guests get that drunk.  

Post # 4
36 posts
  • Wedding: November 2012

This site is also helpful and at the bottom of the page there is a link to a drink calculator that breaks out how much beer vs liqour drinks and specifically says how much gin/whiskey/vodka/cola/sprite/OJ etc.


Post # 6
572 posts
Busy bee

@Mars62312:  I think 4 beers per person for the night and a quarter bottle of wine plus some champagne per person is more than enough (give or take depending on if your guests like beer or wine better).  I know several of my uncles would be swinging from the chandeliers if I had as much listed in the chart so I’m nixing that right off the bat.

Post # 7
121 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

There is no need to buy that much alcohol! I bought 30 bottles of champagne, 15 bottles of red wine, 20 bottles of white wine and 200 beers for our 4 1/2 hour reception with 110 people. We had way too much left at the end. And our friends and family are big drinkers so we were worried about tuning out. We had 7 bottles of white wine, 4 bottles of red wine, 7 bottles of champagne and 75 beers left. We had to give a lot away because we couldn’t find the reciept to return it.

Post # 8
1042 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

we had 75 people and a 5hr reception, got 50 bottles of wine and had 6/  5 gallon kegs of beer and 3 gallons of margaritas.  More of the white wine was gone then the red, so i would buy more white and less red and only 2 of the 6 little kegs were finished so that like 10 gallons of beer.  My husbands uncle brewed the beer so he just took the extra home with him.  and un opened wine we will return 🙂

Post # 9
2203 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I could do 2 beers an hour, easy. Guess I am a lush, haha. 

Post # 10
36 posts
  • Wedding: November 2012

@mixtapehearts:  I’m with you! And if I’m drinking wine I could easily drink an entire bottle by myself in 4-5 hours, probably even more.

Post # 12
9987 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

That sounds really high to me…  I guess it’s better to have too much, but…

Post # 13
2419 posts
Buzzing bee

It is a little high, but that’s because the amount of alcohol that gets served at a wedding is usually quite a bit higher than the amount people drink at a wedding. Think about it – how many times do people get a beverage, drink a few swallows, set it down to go to the dance floor/the bathroom/the cake table, etc., and when (if) they come back, they may not be able to tell which drink was theirs, or overeager servers may have already cleared it away (in fact, some venues actually instruct their servers to do this in order to nudge the bar tab upward. It’s a good idea to be explicit with the venue about not clearing people’s drinks too efficiently). Anyhow, what happens? The guest goes and gets another drink, because they’re “free.” That’s why the numbers are so high – realistically, your guests won’t drink that much, but the bartenders very well may serve that much.

Post # 15
2639 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry

holy crap! We’re providing the alcohol- I don’t think we could even fit 800 beers in one of our cars! :)-

Although I have (sheepishly admits) drunk the equivalent of a bottle of wine at a wedding before, so maybe this isn’t so far off.

@KCKnd2:  good point! This is also why we’re not announcing last call- no one is going to double fist before the bar closes.

Post # 16
21 posts
  • Wedding: December 2012

We have 90 ish people and we will have our bar open for 7 hours. This is what we are getting:

-20 bottles of red wine

-20 bottles of white wine

-20 bottles of champagne

-10-15 cases of beer (3 or 4 different kinds)

– 2 bottles of vodka, 1 bottle of gin, 1 bottle of rum, 1 bottle of whiskey, 1 bottle of scotch, 1 bottle of taquila & 1 bottle of baileys.

Plus non alcoholic drinks: orange juice, cranberry juice, pineapple juice, bloody ceasar mix, coke, diet coke, tonic, sprite.

We are getting our wine from a winery, which will cost around 5-6 dollars per bottle. Total cost of wine & champagne will be $360.

For 8 bottles of hard liquor we are estimating approximately $40 per bottle, which is a total of $320.

The beer will be approximately 40 dollars per case. Total for beer will be $600.

Non alcoholic drinks will be around $150.

Total for ALL booze is $1,430 and our budget is $1,500! So we are right on target!

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