Post # 1
For those of you who were able to bring your own booze to the reception, how much booze was actually consumed?
We are having 110 guests and we just bought:
1.5 cases of champagne
3 cases of red wine
2 cases of white wine
1 keg of beer
Our crowd is full of “heavy” drinkers (approximately 10 do not drink at all because of age or they are pregnant..we adjusted this to 100 guests), but this seems like a TON of booze for a 4 hour reception. We used a few drink calculators to get our numbers (evite, realsimple, other random ones).
So…how much booze was actually consumed at your wedding?
Post # 3
This is a fab question…fiance and I are in charge of the bar tab. It’s a day time wedding with 61 on the guest list (hoping to only have 50 show) and we don’t know how much to budget!
Post # 4
I found this online alcohol calculator for weddings. http://www.realsimple.com/holidays-entertaining/weddings/wedding-wine-liquor-calculator-00000000008314/index.html
I’m having a small wedding of 50 or less and it told me to buy 18 bottle of white and red wine each and 100 bottles of beer! My Fiance and have only planned on buying 6 bottles of wine of red and white, 50 bottles of beer and 5 bottles of champagne.
Post # 5
I have about 100 guests but not all of them drink. So I am thinking 2 cases red, 1 case white, 1 case champagne and 4 cases beer. But I’d like to see if that’s good enough.
Post # 6
Ours went through much less than we expected or budgeted for. Our 65 guests had approx 2 drinks per person. Anyone who wanted a drink through out the evening, had one and those who did not had lots of lemonade/water/coffee/tea. I would say we had approximately 20 non-drinkers due to age and choice.
Post # 7
We were charged for the following consumptions (by cup) for a crowd of 270 adult guests:
165 cups white wine
270 cups red wine
100 cups domestic and imported beer
450 cups mixed drinks
288 soda (non alocholic beverage)
needless to say i almost passed out when i saw the bill.
Post # 8
@FinallyGettingMarried: Wow… 3.6 drinks per person, not including non-alcoholic. That sounds like a LOT.
Post # 9
We budgeted for about 6 drinks/person plus a bottle of red and a bottle of white on each table (total of 15 tables). We had 140 guests and were almost bang on. I think it ended up being about 6.4 drinks/person (of course many people had way more, and some didn’t have any at all, so it almost evened out).
Post # 10
@FinallyGettingMarried: May I ask, are you friends and family “drinkers”. We are expecting about the same amount and I am trying to estimate the alcohol budget. I have some “drinkers” in my group.
Post # 11
We’re estimating about 6 drinks per person – some will drink more, some less. But it’s a 4 hour reception, so that’s a little over one drink per hour, per person.
Post # 12
@bissell: that’s good to know! your crowd sounds the most similiar to ours…we anticipate quite a few people will consume an entire bottle of wine by themselves. i think there is a possibility we *might* run out of beer, but i don’t think we care enough to buy more. i think we only have a few people who will only drink beer.
Post # 13
i would say out of 270 adult guests –
160 are older adults – not big drinkers, probably 1 cup of soda/ 1 cup of wine
60 not big drinkers – 1 or 2 alcoholic beverage
50 pretty big drinkers – as little as 5 to 10 cups per person.
the 50 guests brought up the average
Post # 14
@blondeebuckeye I’m sure your guests will be grateful for any beverages that are available (especially at no cost to them). I have yet to hear of anyone complain about free booze 🙂 All the best to you!!!
Post # 15
We had 200 guests. The liquor store told us to allow 5 beers 2-3 highballs per person. We bought that much and decided we should probably buy more. We hardly had any left and basically gave people who helped clean up the venue some liquor to take home as a thank you. We also had 2 bottles of homemade personalized wine at each table of 8. Those were well consumed as well!
Post # 16
I’m in the same position. We are trying to decide if we want to do an open bar or cash bar and after reading this I’m thinking a cash bar for sure!