(Closed) supplying my own alcohol – how much to buy!?!

posted 5 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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230 posts
Helper bee

I found this… http://www.thealcoholcalculator.com/

Also, from working at a liquor store in my past, if you go into one the management should be really helpful and have pretty good ideas of how much you’ll need for the amount of guests you have.

Post # 6
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88 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@bibbleskip 


I went into our local BevMO and the store Manager was extremely helpful with figuring out our numbers. He even opened a few bottles of wine for us to taste. 

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@MsGinkgo:  I’m in Calgary, but I know for my sister’s wedding my mom was told to go to the Costco liquor store and ask them.

From personal experience I’d say that you know your crowd, so just make sure that you have whatever most people drink (ie: yeah baileys and coffee is nice, but if you’re crowd is more of the shots-of-tequila type then you’ll have a very different selection)

Speaking of shots, every wedding I’ve bartended people have asked for shots. Sometimes people provide yummy shot ingredients, and sometimes people shoot straight vodka (yuk!) so something to think about.

Lastly, don’t forget that you can always take unopened bottles back, so as long as your bartenders are aware that that’s your plan, it’s better to over-stock than under. Unless of course that is how you plan on keeping drinking to a moderate level and/or are sticking to a budget.

Post # 8
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Helper bee

@MsGinkgo:  It’s a big thing 🙂 You’re allowed to obsess over your wedding details! Well if you’re from Mississauga I definitely suggest walking into an LCBO and asking for help from a manager. They have formulas to figure out how much you should need, and they know how much they sell percentage-wise to weddings. Your caterer is also a very good person to talk to!

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