(Closed) Too much liquor?

posted 5 years ago in Food
Post # 3
4524 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@Aquaria:  Former bartender speaking here: keep it simple, for your guests AND your staff. Go with your gut and stick with basic liquors, beers and wines.

Post # 4
2390 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

If your Mother-In-Law wants an expansive bar, here’s an idea:  she can pay for it!  

Post # 5
3886 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Stick with the basics but increase the quantity.  As a hostess, you don’t want your guests to not be able to enjoy the beverage of their choice, and that may mean stocking the bar a bit more heavily than you’d like. I’m not saying you have to get everyone obliterated drunk, but it’s much better to have a little left over than to run out.

Post # 7
9142 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

@Aquaria:  We are offering 6 bottles unflavored vodka (most likely Pinnacle), 4 bottles  Crown Royal (for the dads), and 2 bottles silver rum (for specialty drink FH makes.)  We will offer 2-4 mixers for the “bar.”  We also plan to have a keg of beer and 6 bottles of white wine plus 6 bottles of red wine.  We are having 50 guests with 15-20 of us being pretty heavy drinkers.  We figure when the liquor runs out, guests can kill the keg.

Post # 8
2390 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

@Aquaria:  Huh?  I don’t get it.  People can get drunk no matter what kind of selection you have – so I have no idea what you’re trying to say.  A bigger selection will end up being more expensive regardless of quantity, so that’s why I said she could pay for it if she wanted it.

Why are you saying she should pay cab fare?

Post # 10
9550 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

I agree that you don’t need every kind of mixer on the planet. But I do think you need to stock the bar so everything doesn’t run out half way through the reception. However, you can close the bar maybe an hour before the end, if you would like. The general rule of thumb is 1 drink per person per hour.

I really doubt 2 bottles of champagne will be enough for everyone to have a glass to toast (estimate 5 glasses per bottle of champagne). And I think you may be a bit short on the number of bottles of wine. liquor is closer to where it should be. Here are some estimates from  some estimates from online drink calculators:


  • 105 bottles of beer (1 keg should be fine)
  • 21 bottles of wine (divided between 1 red and 1 white would be fine)
  • 6 liters of liquor (1 each of rum, whiskey, scotch, gin, vodka, plus an extra of whatever you think your guests will drink most)


  • 90 bottles of beer
  • 15 bottles red wine
  • 9 bottles white wine
  • 15 bottles champagne
  • 3 bottles each of vodka and bourbon
  • 1-2 bottles each of rum, gin, scotch 

Also, do you need to bring your own soft drinks and juices and other mixers as well? Like I said, you don’t need everything, but I would recommend a dark soft drink (like coke), a light soft drink (like sprite). Other good mixers can be sweet and sour mix, orange juice, pineapple juice, grenadine, and amaretto. 

Another option is to go with beer, wine, and a couple signature cocktails. This will cut down on the variety needed and, thus, cut costs.

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