(Closed) When to start stocking up on alcohol

posted 6 years ago in Reception
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2016

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Post # 3
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Helper bee

I’m also providing the alcohol for my venue and reached out to a few nearby stores with questions.  One place was willing to deliver to my venue for free and pick up unopened bottles for a credit after the wedding (also for free). Most places were willing to give us a discount if we hit certain amounts spent and all of them had an email program that sends out specials for the week, which may be useful. 

My wedding is in June so I think I’ll start stocking up around the holidays if the deals are good. Otherwise, most shops asked for me to come in and make a list of what I wanted and price point (they can make selections if you just knkw how much you want and your budget) and they would package it up in a week. 

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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

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lormortor:  Can you afford to buy it all at once? Do you have a place to put it if you starting buying it now? I’d probably wait to purchase until I had a good idea on head count myself.

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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

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lormortor:  We got our beer/wine/liquor from a liquor store. They provided free delivery to the venue and we had the option to return what wasn’t opened for a 10% restocking fee.

I’d also be concerned about the space, because with gifts and DIY projects and other stuff we had wedding stuff EVERYWHERE and didn’t have room for the alcohol. 

If you hate thinking about it being a big blow to your wallet at once, why not ask for a quote of the cost, then you just take cash out of the bank every month or pay period so you don’t have to keep seeing it in your account? Just put it into an envelope and keep it in a safe place. You won’t spend it, think its available for something else, and you won’t have to store everything between now and the wedding.

Post # 6
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

Liquor and wine have a much longer shelf life than beer, so you can start buying those, but I’d wait till a week or two before the wedding to get the beer. We bought our wine from Sam’s last December for our wedding this October.

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Bumble bee

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TXbride2015 has the best idea. Start saving now, but buy it closer to the date. That way you can return anything that’s unopened. My sister provided the alcohol at her wedding and was able to return the unopened ones for free (no restocking fee). 

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Bumble bee

I started with about 9 months to go. I bought a bottle of bubbly and then a bottle of wine each week on my weekly shop. If there was offers then I’d get 3-4 bottles. I found that spending an extra £15 a week was an easy way of managing it.

I looked into bulk buying through alcohol companies or wine packages actually worked out more expensive overall. It’s a bit more fuss doing it this way, but I’m happy with it.

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Bumble bee

I thought about buying some early but we’d probably drink it all before the wedding

So we’re buying everything the day before. That way we get a bulk discount and can return unopened bottles.

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