(Closed) How much beer should we have on hand?

posted 6 years ago in Reception
  • poll: How much beer per person at an afternoon reception?
    80 bottles (1 per guest or 2 per beer drinker) : (1 votes)
    5 %
    160 bottles (2 per guest or 4 per beer drinker) : (9 votes)
    43 %
    120 bottles (3 per beer drinker) : (7 votes)
    33 %
    way more or 240 bottles+ (over 3 per guest or 6 per beer drinker) : (4 votes)
    19 %
  • Post # 3
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    9677 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2013

    I would say 4 per beer drinker but also keep in mind some people who don’t normally drink will at weddings.  I prefer to over-estimate just because I would rather have extra than run out.  But since it’s 12-4pm I would imagine people wouldn’t drink as much as they would at night.

    Post # 4
    Member
    2622 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    How about you plan to have too much and work out a deal with your local liquor store to return whatever gets unopened. 

    Post # 5
    Member
    7901 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

    For a daytme wedding, the Real Simple wedding alcohol calculator recommends at a beer/wine/champagne bar there be 2 beers per person and a bottle of red, white, and champagne for every 3 or 4 people, so you would want something like

    • 160 bottles of beer
    • 25 bottles of champagne
    • 25 bottles of red
    • 25 bottles of white

    If you aren’t having champagne, adjust to add a bit more beer and wine.

    Keep in mind they are assuming a share of people won’t drink at all and some will only drink beer, others only wine.

    Post # 6
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    4352 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    Fiance said 7 or 8 for a 5 hour reception. He likes his beer. He said a little less since it is in the afternoon and only 4 hours. He is probablyone of the heaviest beer drinkers you would have there. I voted 6+, but I think it would probably average closer to 4. I would get enough for 5 per beer drinker since most people aim to drink one per hour and then you’ll have a little extra for the heavier drinkers.

    Post # 7
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    5107 posts
    Bee Keeper

    Depends on how heavy the beer drinkers are IMO. My husband is a fireman and his friend can pack some beers down. Even though they would be few, they would easily consume a lot. I say at least 120. =)

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