(Closed) Those who brought in own alcohol, how much did you spend?

posted 6 years ago in Reception
Post # 2
4026 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

We bought ours from a local store, and we bought around $500 worth of wine, beer, and a handful of liquers with a few mixers. We had a guest list of 120, and we bought waaaay too much. We still have boxes of unopened wine and liquer. My advice would be to know your crowd. Only about a third of our guest list had anything to drink, and even then they only had one or two drinks. 

Post # 3
1552 posts
Bumble bee

We had around 110 guests. I spent about $1500 on beer, wine, and margaritas. We had a bit left over. Gave the beer ro my dad and keeping the wine for myself. So it certainly won’t be wasted! 

Post # 4
24 posts

They say most guests will drink about 3 drinks every 2 hours. So if your reception is 4 hours long, have 6 drinks per person. We are doing about 60% beer, 40% wine based on knowing our crowd. We are spending about $1000 for high quality craft beer and medium quality wine. It’s always better to have too much rather than running out! 

Post # 5
1352 posts
Bumble bee

Commenting to follow. We’re buying our own alcohol. I’m planning to spend between 600-800$ for 40 people, but most of our guests are heavy drinkers and have high standards. That and alcohol is very heavily taxed where I live.

There are online alcohol consumption calculators. I used that as a starting point, and assumed that everyone would drink a lot (obviously not the case) just to be sure. Better too much than not enough; it won’t go to waste if there’s some left over!

Post # 6
1541 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

We had 110 guests and spent $2,500 CAD. Our wine picks were about $18 per bottle. We had hard bar, beer and wine. 

Post # 7
557 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

We did beer and wine only. My dad generously provided all the wine, I believe we had 6 cases of 9 bottles each, but not sure what he spent. We also got two kegs, which came out to be about $500 for both. This was for 70 guests and we had about half of everything left over lol. Better too much than too little though!

Post # 8
240 posts
Helper bee

Love to hear about your alcohol choices. What wines and sparkling did you go with?

Post # 9
14492 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

We bought our own. It would have cost about $500 for everything. We had top shelf alcohol and a keg but the keg was a gift from the owners of the bar we frequented. I’ve bartended so I knew exactly what, with what mixers and how much all of our guests drank so I was able to zero in on our needs and not waste money on things people didn’t drink. I also grabbed a few cases of multiple kinds of 2 buck chuck from Trader Joes, which went over surprisingly well even with my wine snob family. 

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