(Closed) Need some BYOB Bar help……

posted 9 years ago in Food
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - Ceremony - First United Methodist Church; Reception - My parents' house!

I think the rule of thumb is to assume on average 1 drink per hour of the reception per guest.

I’m going to try to hunt down my wedding book that spells all this out. I might have left it at my parents’ house. :p

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

So you have 100 guests X one drink per hour X 6 hours = 600 drinks.

*You need 600 servings of alcohol.

* You are having 2 cocktails, red wine, white wine, prosecco, and beer. (6 cocktails total)

I would do 100 “Servings” of each cocktail. So 100 servings of sangria, 100 white wine servings, 100 red wine servings, 100 prosecco, etc…

You said you are doing bottled and canned beer, so you would need 100 bottles or 100 cans.

FYI, if you went the keg route, a keg is usually around $80-100 bucks and has 150 servings.

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - Ceremony - First United Methodist Church; Reception - My parents' house!

I’ve heard avoid kegs like the plague for a wedding. Complications and pumping and stuff. I suggested this and about 234233 different vendors were shooting it down with all these horor stories. lol.

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

Interesting. I’ll keep that in mind. I’ve been to one wedding with a keg and it went fine, but other than that my only keg experiences were in college.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2010

*sigh dreamily* I have fond memories of kegs. 😉

Post # 9
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - Ceremony - First United Methodist Church; Reception - My parents' house!

@miss yap- lol. don’t we all. :p

Post # 10
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Sugar bee

I think you have to think about the non-drinkers before makign those calculaitons, 600 servings is way too many and anyone who is driving home should not have 6 drinks unless they weight like 250lbs. Even over time, with apps. I would not attempt to drive home after 6 drinks. Think about these things as well. Depending on your state, you may be liable if anyone leaves the party and has an accident (that’s how my state works) .

In my experience, things like sangria and punch are always more popular than beer or wine in the summer. Every party I’ve had offering both, the punch bowl was empty and there was still beer in the fridge. It sounds like the same is true when your Fiance served these drinks as well. Maybe you want to make more of the mixed drinks and buy less beer. If people are staying overnight and do not have to worry about driving, you may have friends who will just drink until the alcohol is gone which is a good reason to not over buy.

We are planning to havea keg at our wedding and I haven’t heard any horror stories. We’re also planning to hire a abar tender so hopefully that person can keep it under control.

Post # 11
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

For about 115 ppl, we had a keg of beer, 3 double barrels of red wine, 24 regular bottles of white wine, 2 1.5 L (sams club size) bottles of vodka and 1 1.5 L of gin. a flat of sprite, a flat of coke, 2 bottles of black raspberry schnapps, 3 gallons of peach nectar juice, and 2 bottles of blueberry passion fruit schnapps

All we had left were about 10 bottles of wjite wine ane a bottle of red! We had an open bar from 7-11 and we ran out JUST at the end. We had about 30 ppl about 2-3 years out of college so a relative amount of heavy drinkers.

That’s just what we had! beer, two wines, and 3 cocktails–two martini style and one gin and tonic (dh’s fave)

Post # 12
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - Ceremony - First United Methodist Church; Reception - My parents' house!

Pretty nice spread, madam!

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

The package supply store should be able help you out with this-here, they helped figure costs for rehearsal dinner alcohol vs toasting only, vs. cocktails, vs full service. And-check with your vendor bc they will often take back what is upopened. If you do decide to do the keg route-I would make some sort of a “bar” anyway and get some more socially inclinded and “drink savvy” friend(s) to be in charge of the bar and serve as a bartender of sorts for the evening-a defined bar area keeps the “horde from the keg” as it can become a gathering spot. Don’t want our reception ending up like a frat party do we?! My sister didn’t have someone dedicated to this job and more than a couple guys ended up hanging out around the keg-not cool. Of course, they were all fresh out of college too. Just an idea.

Post # 14
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - Ceremony - First United Methodist Church; Reception - My parents' house!

@liztwinz- hopefully no kegstands were involved. :p

 

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I’m with fifty foot bride all the way.

Also keep in mind that if you are having a lot of kids.. you may want to keep the spigots higher up so the young ones dont start to go for the wrong punch!

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