(Closed) How much alcohol should I buy?

posted 11 years ago in Food
Post # 3
1896 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2009 - St. Thomas of Villanova Church & the F.U.E.L. House

Do you have a caterer who could give you an estimate?

Post # 6
699 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

try to find a place that will let you return unopened wine and/or beer. I know there are quite a few places out there that will!

Post # 7
5 posts
  • Wedding: May 2011

There is a more extensive alcohol calculator for your wedding, it will calculate quantity AND cost. Also, you can include more factors, and get a more accurate estimation.


Post # 8
1820 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Here is what I wrote for a similar post:

I can only tell you what my experience was…

We had 80 guests, all adults. We bought 18 bottles of champagne, 5 cases of wine (3 red, 2 white), and 12 cases of beer. We ran out of champagne early. All of the wine was finished, but not before the party ended. We returned 4 cases of beer, so we would have only needed 8.

We also had two cases of Diet Coke, one case of Coke, and 2 cases of sparkling water. The water got finished, but the soda was barely touched.

Big caveats: I knew that if we offered champagne, it would get finished. We just had a champagne-loving crowd and we had super yummy bubbly. I should have ordered at least 2 cases. We got married in Northern California, where the wine is fabulous, and many of our guests were from out of town, so I should have known that wine would be more popular than beer. I should have ordered another 1-2 cases of wine, and cut back on beer.

The last thing you want is to run out of booze, so I would buy from a store that lets you return unopened bottles of wine/cases of beer and buy more than you think you need. (I don’t know what stores are near you, but I know that Costco and BevMo let you return. So do most independent stores.)

One more thing – if you have a BevMo near you, 4x/year they have a 5 cent sale where you buy one bottle of wine and get another for 5 cents, so it’s basically BOGO.  If you can find a wine you like on that sale, you can save A LOT of money.

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