Post # 1
Hello Dear Bees,
We are hosting an “open bar” the venue only allows beer and wine. We are expecting about 130 guests most of which are over 21. We are planning on one full keg, one pony keg, and 50 bottles of wine for a cocktail hour, dinner, and dancing taking place over 4.5 hours. there will also be tasty lavender lemonade and water for non-drinkers. Does this sound like enough? I’m worried it won’t be but I also don’t want to cart a ton of wine and a half full keg home!! Thoughts?
Post # 3
This is the calculator I’m using & it says that you would need 72 bottles of wine & 360 glasses of beer (at an average drinking rate). When I looked up keg’s it says online a keg = 160 glasses & a pony keg=82, So You are at about 242 glasses of beer when the calculator says yuo need 358. If you can I’d get a little more but if it’s not in your budget I’d keep the wine the same & get 2 full size kegs.
We have kegs my clothing store for arts nights & we *maybe* have 100 ppl there (maybe 75 who drink & not heavily) over 3-4 hours & the keg is usually gone before the last hour. So I’d just go with double & worse case scenario I’m sure a local friend would love to finish it off for you the next day!
Post # 4
it’s so frustrating because every calculator I use gives me a different answer! Lol the pony keg is being brewed by a dear friend and then we’re getting a domestic Keg. I think I’ll suggest another pony of imported to Fiance. The wine is dirt cheap so we could get 30 extra no problem. I suppose I could gift the extra bottles If we have too much.
Post # 6
i would def. say get another keg, and some more wine
Post # 7
@TheFutureMrsNguyen: The liquor store that my fmil bought the wine from for her wedding let her return any unopen bottles.
Post # 8
@hma812: I wanan say Bevmo will do that?
Post # 9
- Wedding: June 2014 - Italiano's Humble
When I calculate 2 hours(for drinking during reception,not including cocktail hour), it said 10 wine, 3 liquor and 48 beers for 60 people, with 25 light drinkers, and 35 average drinkers.
Cocktail hour will be Midori Sours, and Capt Morgan & Cranberries, and wine and beer. So I’m sure I’ll have to adjust it, to 2.5 hours. We’re not doing all kinds of crazy photos, so cocktail shouldn’t run more than 45 minutes.
OP, you know your guests better than I do. We’re also doing a BYOB, so we’ll probably only provide beer and wine and champagne for guests, and liquer for only the cocktail hour, Bridal Party and ourselves. This way, they have a couple on us, and a couple on themselves 🙂
Post # 10
Calculators are useful, but really, it helps to know the drinking preferences (and typical consumption amounts) of your crowd. We only had about 85 guests total at our wedding, but knew we had a major group of partiers, mostly beer drinkers, and that we’d need a lot more booze. The calculators actually made us LOL because what they suggested for 50 people is what my friends alone could put away in one night.
We had two kegs and went DRY before the end of the reception. We also had roughly 85 bottles of wine and most of that was gone, as well, definitely with a preference for white wine over red.
The thing that irritated me is that our caterer was like, “OMG you guys have WAY too much beer, there is no way that 100 people will drink two kegs!!!” so we were worried that we had over-ordered and would waste money.
Yeah, the caterers were WRONG WRONG WRONG.