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Beginner September 2017

Cans of pop to serve

Amanda, on January 15, 2017 at 9:00 AM Posted in Do It Yourself 2 75

Estimating 200 people for 4/5hr reception in September. Not sure how many cans of soda/water to estimate per person. We may be adding lemonade but not sure. Not doing alcohol. Any suggestions?

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Latest activity by Christine, on August 6, 2020 at 9:55 AM
  • Celia Milton
    Celia Milton ·
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    32. Because you need alcohol.

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  • Nicole2017
    Master August 2017
    Nicole2017 ·
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    You should lurk for a bit. This is a hot topic here. You're not going to get any support having a dry wedding.

    Provide alcohol to your guests. It's not a kids birthday party

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  • P
    VIP May 2017
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    I think I have heard to estimate 2 drinks per hour for the first hour and a drink per hour after that.

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  • BoozyBaker
    Master January 2017
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    Private User that estimate is for alcoholic drinks. Which OP needs to have so her guests are treated like actual guests.

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  • Nicole2017
    Master August 2017
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    @Sarah Makes me less scared for kids if most parties are like the ones you host! Lol

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  • Jessica
    VIP August 2016
    Jessica ·
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    You do need at minimum beer and wine. As for cans of soda I usually over buy knowing it'll be drank eventually.

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  • Nicole
    Expert September 2017
    Nicole ·
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    I have heard the 2 drinks in first hour and 1/hour after that applies even for non-alcoholic drinks. Maybe estimate 2/hour/person to be on the safe side? We are doing a mimosa toast for our morning wedding and then offering non-alcoholic drinks. I estimated 4/person since the venue shuts down the bar during the meal time.

    Also, you may not get a lot of support but there are those who won't bash the choice of a dry wedding. So don't sweat the dry comments. Only you know your friends and family. Us and ours don't really drink anyway.

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  • OGJessieJV
    Master July 1867
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    Really? I have more variety in beverages at my child's birthday parties. These threads are getting ridiculous. Cut your guest list and host your wedding properly.

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  • A
    Beginner September 2017
    Amanda ·
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    We are having our reception at our church. We are not allowed to serve alcohol. This is not an option we are changing.

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  • FutureMrsG
    Super March 2019
    FutureMrsG ·
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    ALCOHOL, ALCOHOL, ALCOHOL!!!!

    @sarah free flowing alcohol at my kids parties lol tons of children in one room, have a drink or lose your sanity lol!

    I would over buy in the soda and water department they tend to go fast.

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  • K.M.
    Master September 2018
    K.M. ·
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    Serve alcohol.

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  • TEFtoW
    Dedicated March 2019
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    I wouldn't expect a 4/5hr reception if there isn't any alcohol. I get your church doesn't allow it, but the dry weddings I have been to guests tend to leave early as people go elsewhere to quench their "thirsts".

    Also be prepared for some really drunk guests. Most cash bars/dry weddings I have been to, people bring their own stash and get drunk in the parking lot, bathroom, etc before the ceremony even begins.

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  • MNBride
    Master June 2017
    MNBride ·
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    "Any suggestions?"

    Yup serve alcohol.

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  • 2B_Mrs.J.T.
    VIP September 2017
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    I like sprite or club soda with my vodka.

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  • Punkin Beer
    Master October 2017
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    Alcohol at a wedding isn't optional. Coke simply doesn't cut it.

    #TeamNewVenue

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  • Panda Bear
    Expert March 2018
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    Yeah, 4-5 hours isn't going to happen. The one dry wedding we unknowingly attended we left immediately after the cake was cut. Either serve alcohol or lower your expectations about your reception. It will not be a "party" atmosphere and people will leave earlier than you will probably like.

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  • Muffinbutton
    Super August 2017
    Muffinbutton ·
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    I would have one beverage with dinner. Something to wash down the cake.

    And then I'd discretely leave.

    So, 2?

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  • APD
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    I think you need to find a new venue. If you are using your church because it's free you need to budget and cut you guest list so that you can afford to properly host. I'd be pretty upset if I could have wine with my dinner. I'm an adult, let me have wine!

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  • RealLindseyO
    Master October 2017
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    No one is staying 4-5 hours at a dry wedding.

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  • Jay Farrell
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    Once dinner is served and a couple speeches and cake cutting, there will be a lot of people bailing. Not much else to do.

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