Buying Alcohol for Reception - How Much?!
Our venue allows us to only have to hire a bar service which means we get to supply our own alcohol which is great! We are going to do a open bar but limited. We will have 1 type of red, 1 white, champagne is still being questioned, 2 or 3 types of bottled beer and then gin, crown and vodka for the liquors. (crown is my favorite gin is FH's favorite and vodka is just too universal) We are thinking we will have 125 ppl at our wedding.

I'm trying to budget out and wondering what people have seen in the past, done themselves, seen has or hasn't worked. I know we get to take home what we don't use but I also don't want to have too much extra and over spend.

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Posted On: May 16, 2012 at 3:55 PM • Vendors are allowed • Add to My WatchlistFlag As Inappropriate0 likes

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Tiny Dancer
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May 16, 2012 at 4:00 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
We got 6 cases of wine for 80 guests, plus we'll get beer & champagne. BevMo has a party planner guide which is helpful. http://www.bevmo.com/misc/contentpage.aspx?contentpageid=318

I'm not sure how much alcohol you'll need. Also, wait to purchase until the next 5 cent sale. We got our wine 1/2 off!

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May 16, 2012 at 4:02 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
Check out this calculator from Frugal McDoogal. Should give you a good guesstimate on how much to buy based on your crowd:

http://www.frugalmacdoogal.net/event_planning/

Married: 05/05/2012
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May 16, 2012 at 4:03 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
Take into account how many of your guests will be driving. I did not take that into account and ended up with a bunch of alcohol left over. If people are driving they're probably only going to have one, maybe two drinks at the most.

Hayley C™
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May 16, 2012 at 4:04 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
How Many Drinks??? - figured for a 3 to 3 1/2-hour party - adjust as needed
http://www.greatpartyrecipes.com/how_to_stock_a_bar.html

http://www.thatsthespirit.com/en/drinks/party_calculator.asp
Estimate the total bill for the alcohol

http://thesavvyevent.blogspot.com/2009/02/free-drink-calculator-for-your-next.html
estimate for how much beer/wine you will need

http://www.weddingannouncer.com/forum/archive/index.php/t-8638.html
sample shopping list for 100 people

other links and ideas like this on my profile

~ congrats

Married: 06/30/2012
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May 16, 2012 at 4:08 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
Talk to your local stores as well they usually have a party planner that will help you figure out how much you need. Depending on the place you go as well they will let you return the left overs if you end up with a lot more than you want.

Married: 05/19/2012
May 17, 2012 at 6:11 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
We're doing the same thing and buying all of our alcohol from Costco because we can return anything unopened. Quite a few states have laws that allow you to buy alcohol from them even if you don't have a membership, same with ordering prescriptions there.

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May 17, 2012 at 6:14 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
For 64 people for a wedding weekend, we purchased the following. We came home with a hell of a lot of booze.

2 - liter 18 yr Glenfiddich (FH BM drink this)
2 - 1.75 liter of Jack Daniels
2 - 750 ml of Gentleman Jack
2 - 1.75 liter of Southern Comfort
2 - 1.75 liter of Captain Morgan Rum
1 - 1.75 liter of Bacardi Rum
2 - 1.75 liter of Malibu Rum

2 - 1.75 liter of Jphnnie Walker Red
2 - 1.75 liters of Skyy Vodka
2 - 1.75 liters of Tangueray Gin
2 - 1.75 liters of Kahlua
2 - 1.75 liters of Chambord
2 - 1.74 liters of Baileys
3 gals of Sangria(FH's secret recipe)
3 - Forest Glenn Pino Grigio
7 -Moet and Chandon Imperial Champagne

2 cases Yuengling
1 case Long Trail Brewery Oktoberfest
1 case of Miller
2 cases of Miller Light
2 cases Coors Light
1 case of Mike's Hard Lemonade
Mixers: (4) 2 ltr bottles of: Coke, CF Coke, Pepsi, CF Pepsi, Diet Pepsi, CF Diet Pepsi, Ginger Ale, Sierra Mist
Juce: OJ, Pineapple, Cranberry, Grapefruit
Garnish: lemons, limes, olives, onions, diry martini juice, grenadine and Rose's Lime (2) 2ltr bottles of Tonic Water and Club Soda

3 gallons of lemonade, 3 gallons of sweet tea
Gal each of: cranberry juice, pineapple juice, orange juice, grapefruit juice
Garnish: Cherries, Olives, Onions, Lemons, Limes, Orange Slices

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May 17, 2012 at 7:08 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
My list was very similar to Carole M., with the exception that we had more vodka and we had 100 people. Most of our guests were staying at a near by resort and we had shuttle service so everyone drank heavily. We still have enough liquor to throw many many more parties. Check with the store you purchase your alcohol from. Many of them will let you return your unopened bottles.

Married: 10/01/2011
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May 17, 2012 at 7:12 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
@Beth C......LMAO....Vodka is the only thing we had the right amount on. There was only a little left in one bottle. We left so much at our venue that was opened. DH can't drive with open bottles. We go to our venue in August with our riding group, so we will consume the opened bottles then. We have crates full of unopened bottles and no, I can't return them. I figure they don't go bad, so I will have them for many more parties to come. UGG

Married: 09/29/2012
May 17, 2012 at 7:43 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
Kimberly, ya got me all excited! but Bevmo only delivers alcohol to AZ and CA :(

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May 17, 2012 at 8:07 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
@carole that list helps me out a bit. FH wants to get rum vodka and beer. I figured I would need a little more than that, to please the guests! We get to buy our own booze, and it wont go to waste if we buy too much!
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