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

posted 3 years ago in Reception
Post # 16
1378 posts
Bumble bee

jennapn :  

Out reception started a bit later at 6pm, cocktails 6:30-7:30 and our reception ended at 1am. We had a friday wedding so maybe people weren’t wanting to get too drunk or were tired?

Some out of town guests drove in and we just wanted to make sure we didnt run out. 

What we bought:

– I bought 5 cases of Steam Whistle and 4 cases of Heinekin –> only 4 cases total were consumed. We assumed that our guest (1/2 young and 1/2 over 55) would drink more beer.

– We bought 96 bottles of red –> our event coordinator said about 1/2 a bottle per person, but we budgeted just over a bottle per person as we had wine service with with dinner and many of our older guests are stricly wine drinkers. We returned 60 bottles. I think we went WAY overboard on the red wine.

– We bought 4 cases of white wine (48 bottles total) returned 17 bottles.

We bought 2 bottles of Bacardi Spiced Rum (250 mil) all were consumed or opened.

We bought 6 bottles of Vodka (750 mil) –> three were returned

4 bottles of Tanqueray (750 mil) returned one

3 bottles of Jack Daniels (1140 ml) –> consumed or opened.

3 BOTTLES OF Canadian Club (750 ml) consumed or opened and could not return


Post # 17
564 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

brideinthesix :  okay thank you! good to know. After you returned everything, was it still 3000?

Post # 18
2110 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

We had about 200 people and we spent ~$300 on beer and ~$200 on liquor. We got the wine for free. Our bar was beer and wine with a few very limited liquor drinks (we only had vodka and bourbon + mixers)

Post # 19
1378 posts
Bumble bee

alex313 :  No, after our returns it was closer to $1,800 in total because we couldnt return the beer in our province which is absolutly silly but my husband has been chipping away at the beer so it’s not the end of the world.



Post # 20
2639 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

we spend about $700 on 50 people.  That included wine and beer, but not the round of champagne that we had for toasts.  (Those were the prices from the venue, if we had been able to buy it ourselves, I think the cost would have been closer to $300-$400 total)

Post # 21
6274 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2015

lmariah3 :  we had 35ish guests and my parents bought the alcohol.  They probably just spent a couple hundred bucks as they only bought beer.  At least half our guests don’t drink – we also had local root beer, tea, coffee, lemonade and water.  I think there were just a couple of bottles left over and they were taken care of the next day.

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