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How long does alcohol last?

Goingthomas2020, on September 11, 2020 at 6:21 PM Posted in Wedding Reception 0 16
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Hi ladies! I'm getting married next summer (thanks covid!) and my catering company said I can supply my own alcohol. I don't really drink so sorry if this is a dumb question 馃槀 but how far out in advance can you buy beer wine and liquor and it be ok?

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Latest activity by Hermione, on September 14, 2020 at 8:11 PM
  • Victoria
    Dedicated January 2021
    Victoria
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    I have the same question!
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  • Jana
    Master October 2022
    Jana
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    Alcohol lasts awhile if it's not open and is chilled properly (a cold garage if you don't have fridge space). Go to local liquor warehouse such as Bevmo or Total Wine or whatever is in your area (look up on Goigle Maps). Tell them how many guests you are having, how long your reception lasts. They can tell you how much alcohol plus mixers and nonalcoholic beverages per person per hour. Also ask if you can return any unopened leftovers.
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  • Kelly
    Champion October 2018
    Kelly
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    Liquor will be fine for years. Beer is sensitive to light and temperature so I would buy that a few weeks before. And wine will last years if it鈥檚 stored on its side in a cool dry place. So the answer is it depends on what you have available for storage because that can change things!
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  • Yasmine
    Rockstar October 2020
    Yasmine
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    I鈥檓 not sure about beer, but alcohol is fine for years especially if it isn鈥檛 open
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  • Kimberly
    Expert October 2020
    Kimberly
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    The party planners at the liquor store in my neighborhood suggested ordering at least one month prior to the wedding. They said this way if something specific isn鈥檛 in stock they can order more in and won鈥檛 have to risk not having enough of some things or the exact brands/types you need in time. Cool thing is a lot of places deliver now because of covid, and Total Wine said they could deliver to the venue! Idk about other places.
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  • G
    Dedicated October 2020
    Goingthomas2020
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    Thanks all! I'm in the south so it's hot as heck! Now I know what to buy yet. Thanks!
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  • G
    Dedicated October 2020
    Goingthomas2020
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    Oh I have a total wine near me. I'll ask abiut that! Thanks!
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  • Caitlin
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    Caitlin
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    Also, if you need resources, Kara at theweddingpodcast has a really informative DIY Bar episode.
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  • Caitlin
    Devoted September 2021
    Caitlin
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    Sorry, The Wedding Planning Podcast https://weddingplanningpodcast.co/
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  • Hermione
    Expert February 2020
    Hermione
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    You can buy it any time and store it in a cool dry place. However you can ask your local spec's or total wine the bare minimum time
    They need. Pretty sure it's a month or 2
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  • Emily
    Expert September 2020
    Emily
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    I read just the title and set out loud "not long in my house" - I don't think I've answered your question though
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  • Mcskipper
    Master July 2018
    Mcskipper
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    Temperature control is the major concern鈥 beer and wine should be kept in a cool climate and most importantly needs to stay at a constant temp (shouldn鈥檛 be moved from fridge to closet and back etc)


    My best tip is that we pre-ordered wines & some beer from a major store ahead of time for pick up on the wedding day, then called and asked for it (well the white wines and beers) to be stored cold overnight 鈥 so the store had all of our cases of white wine sitting in their walk in fridges when we went to pick it up, which was kind of key bc I鈥檓 not sure how the heck we would鈥檝e gotten it properly chilled if we had bought it ahead of time! (Also worth noting many stores offer discounts if you buy wine by the case, so buying it all at once can help you save a little money!)
    Liquor is much more forgiving 鈥 the high alcohol content gives it a longer shelf life ...our wedding was 2 years ago and we only just finished the last of our wedding vodka! So that sort of thing is safe to buy ahead of time and store.
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  • K
    Dedicated October 2021
    Kristen
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    Great advice above, just to reiterate, don鈥檛 buy the beer already cold (although most places if you telling them buying in bulk for wedding will know what you need).
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  • Meghan
    Rockstar October 2019
    Meghan
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    It all last for a long time if it is unopened and stored properly.

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  • Molly
    VIP September 2020
    Molly
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    I would buy liquor and wine ahead of time. We waited until two days before to buy beer. Mainly because we got married on labor day weekend and want to take advantages of the sales.

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  • Hermione
    Expert February 2020
    Hermione
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    I think the bare minimum for best selection a month or 2. However you can order it the day before and get miller bud / barefoot wine. These are examples of wine I see everywhere and have no reference for taste. I never drank miller bud. I have also only cooked with barefoot wine and never tasted it.
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