Post # 1
We’re looking at caterers soon and will only consider those who allow us to bring in our own alcohol. We’d probably get it from Costco and anticipate around 110 people. How much do you think it’ll be? We want atandard beers and spirits. How much did you end up spending?
Post # 2
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
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
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 $1000 for high quality craft beer and medium quality wine. It’s always better to have too much rather than running out!
Post # 5
Commenting to follow. We’re buying our own alcohol. I’m planning to spend between 600-800$ 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
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
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
Love to hear about your alcohol choices. What wines and sparkling did you go with?
Post # 9
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.