Post # 1
Anyone have any advice or guidelines on how much alcohol to buy when a large part of your crowd loves champagne? We’re doing beer/wine/champagne and signature cocktails (signature drinks only during cocktail hour). One of our 2 signature drinks is a champagne cocktail, plus we also are going to do a champagne toast as well as have champagne flowing for anyone who wishes to drink it rather than beer or wine.
Every single alcohol calculator I’ve found so far assumes that guests don’t really like champagne or will only want 2-3 ounces for a toast. Even my caterer is a bit unsure of how much to recommend.
I could easily see at least 50 of our guests happily downing a couple of champagne cocktails during cocktail hour alone!
To keep numbers easy, assume 100 alcohol-drinking guests and 6 hours of drinking time.
Post # 2
Are you supplying the alcohol yourself? If you are, I would buy more than you think you need. (50 bottles?) You can always return anything you don’t open.
Post # 3
If supplying yourself are u only doing champagne or Prosecco as well as if doing both and you know most people prefer that to wine I would order what the calculators say for white wine in these and maybe reduce the other wine.
Though will say I drink champagne at most weddings and in 6 hours I could easily drink more than a bottle myself over 6 hours, but it will also depend on time of the wedding eg Sunday or daytime wedding would drink less.
Post # 4
- Wedding: June 2019 - City, State
Does your venue allow BYOB or have any corkage fees? You could always bring more and return what you do not use or have guests bring their own too – I know that sounds weird but personally I told my guests they can bring what they like to drink because we are only supplying some wine and cognac and that is definitely not what everyone drinks. Also if you want to reduce your alcohol purchase then you can set up some juices on the side like a mimosa bar. That way it is not entirely champagne in one drink. Some weddings just limit amount of alcohol per guest and that’s ok. I have seen plenty where they give guests drink tickets.
Post # 5
I would calculate the total drinks and then split that into each category. We had a very fizz heavy crowd, the usual amount recommend here is one glass in the afternoon and one to toast so we upped that to about 2-3 glasses per person in the afternoon, one each for the toast and one per person over dinner to account for people who will stick with fizz rather than switch to wine during the meal.
We bought 80 bottles which is around 400 glasses and we were planning for around 100 people. In the end I think we had about 20 or so left over, our wedding was just this past weekend so we haven’t counted properly yet, but we would rather have more than not enough.