If you supplied your own alcohol, how much did you spend?

posted 2 years ago in Reception
Post # 2
9161 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2016

We had 60 guests and the bar was open for 4 hours. We spent $675 on alcohol. This included 5 different types of beer, 2 wines (one red, one white), vodka, rum, and champagne for the toasts. 


Post # 3
13418 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

We spent about $5k up front and were able to return any unopened bottles after the event.  I want to say we got a couple hundred back, so the $5k was probably close to accurate.  

Post # 4
117 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

We have about 60 adult guests, and I have $1000 budgeted for alchohol for the entire weekend. We are going to do a signiture cocktail and then beer and wine, with some limited additional hard alchohol (like whiskey as a present for the groomsman). I am not a drinker, so this was an area I did not want to spend a ton of money!

Post # 5
2707 posts
Sugar bee

About $500 for 50 people.

Post # 6
3154 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

Around $1000-1500, I don’t know the exact total. For beer and wine for 150, but we ended up with a TON of leftovers. Which was fine by us – I was really scared of running out. We got married Memorial Day weekend, supplied all the beer with our leftovers for a week long 4th of July beach trip with ~10 friends and still had about a case of leftover beer afterward. I gave away at least 2 cases of wine and still have 2 bottles in my fridge leftover from my May 2016 wedding. And we are big drinkers! 

Post # 7
1379 posts
Bumble bee

We spent about about $3,000 on booze (we’re heavily taxed on alochol in Canada) and we bought WAY too much wine and beer.

We had budgeted 2 bottles of beer per person (108 guests total) and ended up with about 5 cases of beer (24 bottles) and 5 cases of wine (12 bottles per box) left over.

We were only able to return some unopened bottles of hard liquor and the wine and recieved $1,200 back. 

Better to have more than run out, but it was a PAIN IN THE ASS picking our left overs up the day after the wedding and returning multiple cases when we got home from our honeymoon.

Post # 8
28 posts
  • Wedding: November 2016

We spent between $600 and $700 for around 140 people. We had a case of rose, a case of white, 2 cases of red, 4 or 5 cases of nice beer, and enough ingredients for our signature cocktail (mai tais) for everyone to have at least one. We also had a nice bottle of bourbon for the guys. Our families aren’t big drinkers (about a 3rd of our guests), but our friends are. We had a lot leftover. 

Leading up to the wedding we shopped several times for booze to be sure we got the best deals. We ended up getting very highly rated wines for a steal and bought all our beer at Costco. 

Post # 9
2554 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

We are still 8 months away, but we are planning for 110 adults: two bottles of red and one of white wine at each table, then at the bartenders’ station there will be ~a gallon of vodka, and two types of beer, probably 4 cases total. 

We may be way over preparing, but we like to enjoy a good drink 🙂

Post # 10
789 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

We spent around 700-800 for around 140 ish people. We used the calculator on A Practical Wedding’s site but we had quite a bit leftover because I didn’t trust that we would’ve had enough (we probably would’ve).

Post # 11
9682 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2016

a couple hundred for 40 people.  Open bar from 6pm to 11pm.  Our guests were surpringly light drinkers.  It’s hard to say exactly how much because we had so many bottles come back full or half full, but I’d guess $250 ish?  The wine we served was roughly $20 a bottle so it’d had been more if our friends were more wine drinkers and less otherwise.  

Post # 12
602 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

We spent about $800 for 115 guests. That was beer, wine, and champagne for a 4 hour reception. We had some left over, but not too much.

Post # 13
1452 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2016 - St. John\'s Lutheran Church

hikingbride :  We had a super similar thing – 60 guests, four-hour bar, and we spent about $600, but we only bought wine (about 10 economy-sized bottles) and beer (ten cases). Our guests only ended up consuming about 75 servings of wine and 120 servings of beer, so we had quite a bit leftover.

Post # 14
565 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2017


brideinthesix :  wow that is a lot. Any insight as to why your costs were so high? I am in AB and will be supplying our own booze for the same amount of people. Our friends spent about 1300 for 140 and had tons left over. They had big drinkers at their wedding. 

Post # 15
5508 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2016

We had wine, champagne and non alcoholic beverages as well as a signature cocktail for about 70 people total. We spent between $400 and $500 total (We got some great deals by buying just before Labor Day weekend, though.) We started with a cocktail hour (while people were arriving) and had about 8 hours of partying. We ended up having quite a bit of wine left over- about 15 bottles of wine and 10 bottles of sparkling water and juices.

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