(Closed) How to know how much/what kinds of alcohol to serve?

posted 5 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
7211 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2015

@truefrommetoyou:  You can absolutely get away with just beer and wine (and maybe champagne for toasts). This is a nice balance for someone who wanted a dry wedding. Wine and beer tend to lend themselves less to getting shit-faced than hard liquor. It’s also just a lot less to buy. You can buy one white, one red, one light and one dark beer and you’re pretty much good to go.

If you have a BevMo near you, I’d suggest starting there. They can help you find something in your budget that will appeal to a wide range of people. 

If I were you, my choices would be a Pinot Noir (red but not dry) and maybe a Reisling (which is a white that is generally light and sweet). For beer I’d probably have to ask someone since I don’t drink it much, but I know hefeweizen is a popular pale beer. People usually drink it with orange slices, so that’s something to keep in mind. But I think when people say “light” beer they mean something with less calories… like Bud light is the same color as Budweiser. My family would want Corona lite, but we’re Mexican so that’s pretty much standard. Maybe check with your drinking family members for their favorites and go with what’s affordable.

As for determining the amount, BevMo associates should be able to help with that as well. Otherwise google “Drink calculator”. There are tons of sites that help you determine how much of what to buy based on how many heavy, social and lite drinkers you have coming!

Post # 4
207 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

It is your wedding and you should be able to have a dry one if you want. Although in saying that, my cousin had a dry wedding and lots of people still bring it up (10 years later) as being a bit strange – considering 95% of the guests drink alcohol and especially on celebratory occasions.

You want everyone to enjoy themselves and unfortunately in most cases, a glass of bubbly  helps.


Depending on your situation, you could ask guests to bring their own alcohol in lieu of gifts? Then you wouldnt have the worry of running out and catering for everyone’s tastes.

If you don’t like the idea of people BYOíng, I think people usually estimate one drink per person per hour? Beer and wine are usually standard, I don’t know about US beer sorry but would recommend having a white, red and sparkling wine option.


You could even serve non-alcoholic cocktails (or mocktails) in the afternoon to cut down on alcohol costs and maybe just serve the alcohol at dinner time?

Post # 5
516 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I agree. Beer and wine are a great, easy way to supply some alcohol to guests. That is probably all we are going to have at our wedding. We are getting married in a campsite and that will be easier than trying to figure out how to set up a whole bar and have someone bartend all night.

Post # 6
1678 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@truefrommetoyou:  I would say just beer and wine as well – and just go simple. have a white wine (chardonnay or pinot grigio) and a red wine (cabernet or pinot noir) available for wine options, and for beer, I would have a domestic light option (like bud light or miller light) and an import dark option (like newcastle brown ale or sam adams lager) and let that be it. It will make life a lot easier 🙂

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