- 8 years ago
- Wedding: February 2011
We are able to bring in our own alcohol to the venue, which is great because it saves a lot of money. We decided on beer/wine/champagne only because it is cheaper (let’s be real here). I didn’t want to give too many options because I was worried we’ll start to run out of things that way… seems easier to just give a few hopefully widely-popular options so there is less chance of running out.
About the booze:
We decided on 1 red and 1 white. They are both spanish wines. The red is a very crisp very lightly sweet (for red), and the white is dry and similar to a pinot grigio. The champagne will be peach sparkletini (verdi) because my brother served it at his wedding a few months ago and people went crazy for it.
For beer I’ve been told (I don’t drink beer) that bud/bud light are the most widely accepted. So I think we’re going to do bud, bud light, and dos equis (I wanted one other slightly nicer option).
About the guests:
We will have 80 guests total. At least 6 of them don’t drink at all. There are maybe 3-4 heavy drinkers and the rest I’d say are very moderate to light drinkers (this is mostly a family event, and all of our friends are kind of “over” binging).
About the night:
We will have a 1 hr cocktail hour, dinner (bar will be open, but it is downstairs so not a lot will prob use it), champagne offered for a toast (not pre-poured), and then about 2.5 hours after dinner of dancing/booze time.
About the quantities:
Considering the above factors, we have estimated the following:
24 bottled champagne (10 for toast, 14 for bar)
24 bottles red wine
12 bottles white wine
4 cases bud light bottles (24 per case)
2 cases bud
2 cases dos equis
We’ll also have coke products, ice tea, coffee, and a hot chocolate bar.
That works out to 300 servings of wine and 192 servings of beer for 74 people drinking (not counting the toast)… or about 6.5 servings of alcohol per person. We figured this was plenty because while some people will have 10, some people will only have 2 (or 0).
I went to order it today though and I was told this really wasn’t enough and I should add at least one more case (12 bottles) of wine and 2 more cases of beer. Which would be 372 servings of wine and 240 servings of beer, or a bit over 8 servings of alcohol per person. Of course… they’re also in the business of selling alcohol, so they’re not exactly unbiased.
Is an average of 6.5 servings per person for 3.5 hours of open bar enough? Or is 8 servings per person necessary?
(I’m also accepting opinions about our choice of alcohol… but we’re pretty set on that honestly so don’t be insulted if I ignore you! I mostly want to know about quantity).