(Closed) How much alcohol to buy?

posted 8 years ago in Toronto
Post # 3
955 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

We are providing the alcohol for our also. I found this info to be a little helpful:

For a party of wine drinkers, plan on stocking 5 bottles (750 ml) for 10 people. You should get roughly 5 servings per bottle.

For beer drinkers, stock 5 six-packs for ten people, based on a twelve-ounce serving. If you have the budget and inclination, you can stock a full bar. However, a more budget conscious idea is to offer a selection of cocktails that can be made from one or two primary types of liquor or to limit yourself to a wine and/or beer party.

* A 750 ml. Bottle will yield about 16 cocktails.
* A liter bottle will yield 22.
* a 1.5 liter bottle will yield 39.

And I thought this was interesting too…


Post # 5
10851 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

We had 130 guests and bought the following:

  • 8 cases of red (12 bottles/case)
  • 7 cases of white (12 bottles/case)
  • 20 cases of beer
  • Probably a dozen bottles or so of hard liquor

Here’s what we had left over:

  • 3 cases of red
  • 3 cases of white
  • 8 cases of beer
  • about half the hard liquor if not more

That’s just off the top of my head. I’m going to PM you with a bit more info.

Post # 6
1664 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

We went to a liquor store and told them we were interested in buying liquor/beer/wine for a wedding and were anticipating x number of guests.  We picked the brands and types of alcohol we wanted.  The store had a computer program that estimates how many bottles of each you will need and tallies up the costs. 

I’m in the US, but if there are similar liquor stores in Canada, I don’t see why this wouldn’t work.

Post # 7
5 posts
  • Wedding: May 2011

All the stores in Ontario are LCBO, not like in the states, where you can go to any corner store… I suppose this raises the likelihood of them having a calculator on hand.

You can save yourself the trip to the store and check out this site:


It’s an online tool for calculating cost and quantity of alcohol required for a wedding or party.

Post # 8
2260 posts
Buzzing bee

Oh the dear LCBO, what a pain you are but sometime can be a blessing cause I found this wonderful calculatior from the LCBO!

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

It only allowed you to calculate how much you need for max 3 hours so you might have to multiple some answers to get exactly how much you need.

I hope this helps!!

Post # 10
12 posts
  • Wedding: November 2012

We had 130 people. About 20 nondrinkers. We actually bought for 160 people because that was the number on the invite list and our order needed to be submitted to the liqour store before all RSVP’s came back to us. So technically we bought for 140 drinkers and gave each drinker 6 drinks each (to help determine how much to buy) for a 6 hour reception. My guests were not super heavy drinkers. Many are just light. A glass of wine or two. Maybe 2-3 mixed drinks. But I’m certain many had about 6 drinks mimimum lol!  This is what we purchased:

  • 3 Captain Morgan (1.75 L

  • 2 Parrot Bay (750 ml)

  • 3 Bacardi superior 80 (1.75 L)

  • 6 vodka (1.75 L) – 2 different brands

  • 2 Jim Beam (750 ml)

  • 2 Canadian Club whiskey (750 ml)

  • 2 Canadian Mist (750 ml)

  • 2 tequila (750 ml)

  • 4 gin (750 ml)

  • 3 Peach schnapps (750 ml)

  • 2 triple sec (750 ml)

  • 3 kegs of beer

  • 60 bottles of wine/5 cases

  • about 24 bottles of champagne for the toast/2 cases

We had a lot left over. All 3 kegs got tapped so no money back for that. A lot of wine was left over and champagne. The schnapps was never opened, I think 1 tequila was returned, most of the vodka was returned to the store, we had maybe 3 whiskey unopened, the parrot bay was unopened. Overall, we got $300 back from the store.  Also, we didn’t buy mixes or juice or garnishes. The hall provided everything for the bar except the alcohol.








Post # 11
55 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Never knew these calculators exissted.  We had to stock the bar for our Jack and Jill and for the wedding.  After the J&J we did bring lots back.  Now have to buy for the wedding…

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