how much alcohol to buy when your crowd loves champagne?

posted 2 years ago in Food
Post # 2
852 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

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
308 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

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
139 posts
Blushing bee
  • 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. 

Good luck. 

Post # 5
5320 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: July 2018

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. 

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