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Stephanie
Beginner October 2020

Beer & Wine Receptions - How much?

Stephanie, on April 22, 2020 at 5:49 PM Posted in Wedding Reception 0 10
Hello Brides 馃槉 We are planning on doing a beer and wine open bar (with other non-alcoholic drinks) for our reception. Beer we are thinking will be served from kegs while wine we will buy in cases / bottles. Bartenders will serve.. Does anyone have any ideas as to how much to buy? My family will definitely be drinking, my fianc茅's family will be too, but probably not as much. Our wedding will be from about 4:30-10:30. Any advice is helpful. Thank you!

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Latest activity by Molly, on April 23, 2020 at 4:25 PM
  • Sarah
    Master September 2019
    Sarah
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    How many people over 21?
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  • Stephanie
    Beginner October 2020
    Stephanie
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    That is a good question that I didn't even consider! My goodness, where is my brain. 142 adults invited.

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  • shea
    Beginner October 2020
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    If you do the math, it is usually actually cheaper to buy bottled or canned beer than to buy kegs. Plus, kegs will go bad after that night and any left over bottles or cans can be taken home with you so they don't go to waste!

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  • Stephanie
    Beginner October 2020
    Stephanie
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    Awesome, thanks for the tip! I will be looking into this.
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  • Meghan
    Master October 2019
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    Our planner helped us calculate how much alcohol we needed based on our guest count. So if you have a planner, ask her/him. If not, here is a great tool you can also use https://www.evite.com/pages/party/drink-calculator

    I will suggest bottles or cans for your beer. If you have any left over in your kegs, it will go to waste. If you have beer left in bottles/cans you can keep it or sometimes return it. We had our bartenders pour our beer into glasses so we didn't have beer bottles in our photos, so that is also an option!

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  • Stephanie
    Beginner October 2020
    Stephanie
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    This is awesome, thank you Meghan!
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  • Molly
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    The general rule of thumb is one drink per guest per hour so for 142 adults for 6 hours you would need 852 servings of beer and wine. You adjust accordingly because you know your crowd. I broke down my guest list into the non drinkers (Kids and sober adults), the moderate drinkers ( one drink per hour) and the partiers (2 drinks an hour). Then did the math accordingly. We are using canned beer and buying 1.5 liter bottles of wine to save money plus they have double the servings (about 8).

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  • Molly
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    Also if you are allowed to buy your own beer and wine costco and sam's club have awesome prices!

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  • Stephanie
    Beginner October 2020
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    That is good to know, thanks Molly!
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  • Molly
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    You're welcome!

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