(Closed) How much booze did your guests actually CONSUME?

posted 7 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

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
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

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
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

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
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

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
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

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
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

@FinallyGettingMarried: Wow… 3.6 drinks per person, not including non-alcoholic.  That sounds like a LOT.

Post # 9
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

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
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

@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
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

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 # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

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
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

@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
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

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
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

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!

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