Post # 1
We are allowed to bring in our own alcohol for the wedding and are expecting about 120 people. Anyone have an idea of how much wine and what kinds to get? I’m a white wine drinker (Usually Riesling) but I have to take into account what everyone likes!
Post # 3
At other weddings I’ve been to, for table wine, there is usually at least one bottle each of white and red for every 8-10 guests. Then I guess there’s pre-and-post drinking.
Depending on how heavy your drinkers are and how long your reception is, and what other alcohol is available, you might expect the average drinker to put away about 1/2 a bottle of wine on top of the table wine.
Is there any good local wine in your region? We are just doing a tasting for our wines this weekend and are trying to pick local wines for interest’s sake. Not if they taste bad though!
I would probably prefer, personally, a chardonnay to a reisling and might pick a pinot noir for my red.
Post # 4
If you want to limit drinking, I’d put a bottle of white and a bottle of red on each table of 8 people. I agree with pp that a chardonnay and a pinot noir would be a great offering. If you are having other alcohol (i.e. beer or mixed drinks) and more than a few children, you should take that into consideration also. You can always have extra bottles of wine set on the side and include some Riesling or Cabernet Sauvignon. It’s hard to estimate without having more information. How long is the reception? Does it include dinner?
Post # 5
I am in the same boat. We opted to do a bottle of chardonnay and a red cote de rhone on each table. We are going to have the bar stocked with 2 or 3 additional wines, liquor and beer. I am expecting around 150, for wine I am anticipating: 2 cases each white and red for table wine, 2 cases champagne, then probably two cases of each wine we feature at the bar. Something like that. We are having the waiters walk around with wine during the cocktail hour for those that don’t want to wait on line for a cocktail so I am estimating a little high – i hope!
Post # 6
great tips! we are having about 150 guests and can bring our own booze as well. I found this liquor calculator online from Real Simple: http://www.realsimple.com/holidays-entertaining/weddings/wedding-wine-liquor-calculator-00000000008314/index.html that seems pretty cool. 🙂
Post # 7
As for what kind of red wine, since you are a fan of whites, I’d suggest an (about) equal amount of cabernet sauvignon and merlot because normally redwine drinkers would like one or either of them. If you were providing a few extras, for at the bar or such- I personally love Chianti and Syrahs, but they are a bit more expensive (not for buying a single bottle for dinner, but for in bulk) and less common in general.