(Closed) Wine dilemma!

posted 7 years ago in Reception
  • poll: Which option
    1 : (1 votes)
    5 %
    2 : (5 votes)
    25 %
    3 : (7 votes)
    35 %
    4 : (7 votes)
    35 %
  • Post # 3
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    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2010

    This seems complicated and like it could end up costing you the same in the end. My friends over a 4 hour period would very easily drink a bottle of more by themselves. I picked option 4, but did you think about drink tickets? I am not usually a fan of this, but if you want to supply your guests with some drinks this may be the best way to do it and make sure you don’t go over your budget.

    Post # 4
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    106 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    Ideally, option 4, I think. But how many people per table? And is this just for dinner, or for the whole night too? If it’s 6/table and just for dinner and toasts, then option 2 should be fine. If it’s more, you might want to go for option 3…

    Post # 5
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    3526 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    Is your family more of a beer or wine drinking family?

    I would say my family is a beer family while his is more of a wine at social events as are friends.

    So for me I would put a minimum of 3 bottles of wine at each table.

    I would call up wholesalers or even liquor stores directly and see if they will give you a bulk rate. Buy the magnum bottles too since they are cheaper.

    Roughly speaking a bottle of wine would give you 4-5 glasses which means if you have two each guest at the table is only getting one glass of wine all night.

    ETA: Another option is buying more and put it in reserve and only pulling it out to put at tables with no more wine when it’s gone. Then working out with wherever you purchase it if you can return unopened bottles.

    2 buck Chuck (really more like $3!) seems to be very popular with brides offering their own wine. They claim it’s decent wine for the price

    Post # 6
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    4123 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    How many people per table? There are calculators to find out how much you need to provide.. so I would figure in the beer and wine, and put however many bottles per table needed for how many people seated there… working it into the table scape if you can’t work it onto a host table… 2-3 most likely won’t be enough… I’ve also seen people keep a stash of cases on the side so tables can grab an unopened bottle for their table when the run out… 

    Post # 7
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    106 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    Oooh – the drink tickets idea might be quite reasonable. A couple of drinks per person, then cash bar once they’ve used them up?

    Post # 8
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    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 2011

    I don’t think you need to buy $20/bottle wine for a wedding honestly. What I drink at home is not what I felt like I had to serve at our wedding. Most open bar packages uses crappy $5/bottle wine anyways. I’d see if you could find something in the $10 range (which really isn’t so hard for a solid drinkable wine) and that’ll cut your wine budget in half right there. I also like the table-of-wine idea best. Both because it spreads things out better (some tables might have 6 beer drinkers, some might have 2), and also because it will cut down on the number of open but not finished bottles. I ended up with about 1.5 cases of wine unopened after my wedding and I’m still drinking it– which is just a win all around ๐Ÿ™‚ 

    Post # 9
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    Oh wait! I did not catch that the wine you’re serving is $20 a bottle. Not necessary!

    Seriously not necessary. You can find decent wine for under $10. A lot of people like Yellow Tail and that’s generally around $10.

    Post # 11
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    11325 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 2011

    Aw that sucks about having to use their wine! I did a post about how we did our self-catered alcohol that might help you with amounts: 

    Self-catered Alcohol: The results!

    But honestly 140 bottles total sounds low to me for 300 people. We purchased 60 bottles for 75 people. We had 42 bottles actually consumed, which is just over 1/2 bottle per person attending (and keep in mind we had beer as well). So for 300 people I’d say you need at LEAST 150 bottles total, i’d probably do more like 175ish. 

    Post # 12
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    Buzzing bee

    I recommend Barefoot! It’s really good and only $7. They serve it at weddings all the time too. Get the giant bottles for at the table.

     

    ETA: Nevermind.

    Post # 13
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    I would say that it’d probably be best to just put 2 large bottles of wine at each table. You can find some pretty good wine for a cheap price.

    Post # 15
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    Ohhhh. Total bummer that you have to pay $20 per bottle!

    In that case then I think you are better off having your venue serve the wine by glass at the bar. I think this way there will be less waste. Only people who actually want a glass will get up to get a glass.

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