(Closed) So just how much booze will we need?

posted 7 years ago in Food
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I looked at this website first:  http://www.realsimple.com/holidays-entertaining/weddings/wedding-wine-liquor-calculator-00000000008314/index.html

Then a few weeks later when we met with a caterer she gave us a print out of one she uses and it turned out to be pretty similar to the link.

A good idea to save money would be to use one signiture liquor drink.  That way you only have to purchase a couple of say one vodka bottle, instead of on vodka, one bourban, one tequila, and so on.  That’s what we’re doing, anyway. πŸ™‚

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

@chrispygal: I also think it kind of depends on what your 45 drinkers like to turn up the most. As for us, we will be having a pretty large wedding with a lot of folks who like to drink. I don’t agree with the calculator only because we’ll have A LOT of beer drinkers, a few wine drinkers, and then we’ll have the basic liquors and mixes there as well. It’s just kind of too general for me. I’m pretty sure I won’t need 20 bottles of red and 20 bottles of white wine, etc.

But it is a good jumping off point πŸ™‚

 

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I was told to expect to spend about $10-$15 per guest on alcohol if you’re buying through a wholesaler. The good thing about doing that is they’ll usually have a pretty good idea about how much of each liquor/wine/beer you’ll need, and you can return anything that’s unopened after the wedding. Are you getting married in MA or ME? I have a wholesaler in MA I can recommend if you need one!

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

A lot… (sorry I don’t actually know) and it’s always better to have too much. You can then drink it for anniversaries, weekaverasaries, etc.

 

People drink more at weddings that they usually do just hanging out. I’d estimate about 4 drinks/person, or a bottle of wine each, plus a few extra. Then, the extras are for you.

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

As long as you have something they like they’ll adapt πŸ™‚

Post # 10
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

We had 200 guests on New Years Eve, and we provided beer and wine only.  Well, plus coffee, tea, and punch.  Oh, and soda and water πŸ™‚

We ordered 48 bottles of wine, and 4 full kegs of beer.

We used 3 kegs and 36 bottles of wine.

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

If you are not sure what your group prefers to drink would your parents be able to help estimate it?  I had to ask mine about how much my extended family would consume because I don’t know that so well.

I think some stores like ABC let you return unopened bottles, but don’t quote my on that, I just heard that somewhere.  That’s why it’s good to have a signiture drink-it equals less bottles to open.

Are you using a caterer?  Some caterers, while they allow you to supply the drinks, will charge you per person to serve it.  Ours is charging us $7pp. πŸ™  Make sure you have someone count the opened bottles vs. unopened bottles at the end of the night to make sure non go “magically” missing.

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

@chrispygal: Here you go! They’ve been incredibly helpful for us, and they ocasionally hold tastings to help you chose your wine brands and signature drinks.  http://www.gordonswine.com/

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Are you not sure what to buy and how much?? One good rule of thumb when stocking a bar.. Get all the ingredients of a long island ice tea (vodka,gin,tequila,rum.triple sec) then a few others like malibu,jack daniels,apple liquor. I wouldnt buy a ton of top shelf booze!! And you dont need a ton of mixers..keep it simple.  By getting all the ingredienst in a LI you can make almost every drink from there.

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@beebeebuzzbuzz:

Thanks for posting this. I am having the same issue about how much alcohol to buy.  Most of the guests are from my Fiance side and from what I have been told, they are not “Big drinkers” The website was helpful and will give me something to go over with our caterer

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