(Closed) Is this enough?

posted 5 years ago in Reception
Post # 2
9391 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2016

so you have 6 liters hard alcohol = 135 shots

12 bottles of wine = 60 glasses

4 cases of beer = 96 bottles 

so you’ve got, altogether 291 drinks, for 70 people, which is about 4 drinks per person.  

How long is your open bar?  

I’ve been paying attention to alcohol related posts on the bee, since we’re buying our own booze too, and from what I’ve read 2 drinks per hour per person almost always is too much.  I saw someone who did 2 drinks first hour then 1 drink per person per hour after that, and still had some leftover, so my Fiance and I will go with that formula (2+1/hr).

Post # 3
1362 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

I think it depends on the guests.  My Fiance can easily drink a whole bottle of rum to himself in a night (depending on the size) – a large bottle – he and his buddy can go through!

Post # 4
9128 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

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Twobridesarebetterthanone:  I’d add more beer and wine. Beyond that add more of whatever the majority of your guests drink. My caterer insisted that it’s standard to have twice as much vodka than gin. I very strongly insisted that for my crowd those ratios needed to be flipped. She didn’t listen to me and I found out later that she had to send a waiter to a liquor store for more gin only an hour into the reception. Told ya so lady! Put my guy friends in tuxes and they all think they’re James Bond and will drink martinis all night long. I’m not even sure why we bothered ordering anything besides beer, prosecco, and martini makings to be honest lol

Post # 5
114 posts
Blushing bee

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Twobridesarebetterthanone:  I would buy more, more beer because its okay to run out of hard alcohol and people can switch to beer then. 

Post # 6
892 posts
Busy bee

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Twobridesarebetterthanone:  Can your caterer help with a recommendation of how much to buy?  Our caterer provided us with a recommended list based on the number of guests.  We ended up having a lot left over because I panicked and figured better to have too much than not enough which would have been a good strategy except the bartender opened ALL the bottles of wine?  What?! Fortunately, one of my really good friends lives in my neighborhood (backyard wedding) and she was delighted to take all of the open wine home! 

Post # 7
390 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

We are allowed to bring our own alcohol too and I literally spent several hours tallying up all the “needs.”  We are calculating with 100 drinking guests for about 5 hours total.  To keep down on the need for all of the different alcohols and mixers I decided to have beer, wine and 4 signature drinks.  I tallied it up doing 2 drinks per hour for first hour and then 1-1.5 after that. We have a few heavy drinkers and not many wine drinkers at all.

14 bottles of wine

6 of the 750 ml bottles of liquor for each drink 

1 keg (maybe doing 1 full keg and a pony of a different kind) since 1 keg will be plenty

What I found in my research is that a keg is about 165 drinks and a 750ml bottle of liquor is about 16 drinks.  I bought enough for 600 drinks plus the wine (again, not many wine drinkers).


One of my biggest fears is running out of alcohol but I think we will be ok, fingers crossed

Post # 8
135 posts
Blushing bee

I would think that’s enough for your typical persons. I know for our wedding my FI’s side of the family are all booze hounds so we would need double what you have.. always makes for an interesting time.

I’d probably go for kegs though, they’ll be cheaper and provide more beer. If you add anything else to that list I would do only beer and wine.

Post # 9
47439 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I think the biggest factor is whether or not you are hiring a qualified bartender to pur the hard alcohol and wine. If people are pouring their own they tend to take about 1.5 times as much as a standard pour.

Foe example, when DH and I have a bottle of wine, we have 2 glasses each= 4 glasses total, not 5 from a bottle.

Post # 10
2693 posts
Sugar bee

Sounds like it may be a little tight. I would double everything but the wines and maybe 4 liters of vodka.

Post # 11
6906 posts
Busy Beekeeper

remember you’re also assuming everyone there will drink alcohol with those numbers.  I think only about half of our guests did – even we didn’t!  Not that I think you aren’t planning other drinks, too, but the point is they may drink even less than you’re now assuming when other options are available. (we had lemonade, water, coffee and locally brewed root beer along with the local beers)

Post # 12
205 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

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Twobridesarebetterthanone:  We bought our own. We had 8 handles (liters) of liquor, 8 boxes of wine and 5 bottles, and three kegs. We only used maybe 5 bottles of liquor, 6 boxes of wine, three bottles of wine, and 1 and 1/2 kegs. We had 140 people and MANY heavy drinkers.


Think about how many people will REALLY drink. We had a wedding that was about 1 hour outside of town so some people didn’t drink because they had to drive, they were pregnant, etc.

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