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How much champagne do I need for a brunch reception

A&W, on March 29, 2016 at 1:04 PM Posted in Planning 0 16
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I'm planning on having a mimosa bar, so I'm going to need more champagne than the traditional wedding. Our venue doesn't allow liquor or red wine, so we'll probably provide white and rose wine, and maybe beer, but I know mimosas are likely to be the most popular thing. How many bottles of champagne would I need for a brunch reception for 75 people?

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Latest activity by Angela, on March 29, 2016 at 3:40 PM
  • R
    Super September 2016
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    I would ask your caterer/bartender what they recommend. I hosted a bridal shower brunch last year and we went through 10 bottles of champagne for under 20 guests.

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  • Soon2bMrsSoyka
    Super April 2016
    Soon2bMrsSoyka ·
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    I would do 20 I have seen individual bottles of champagne . Check with the venue too they should be able to help you with a count.

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  • Finally Mrs. F
    Super November 2015
    Finally Mrs. F ·
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    I had 13 bottles for 75 guests and we went through all of it. Some guests had sparkling cider instead, and I didn't do brunch, I had dinner. But just saying I think you'd need way more than 13.

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  • MrsMorales
    VIP September 2015
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    One bottle per person, unless you have other beer/wine/alcohol options. I had a full open bar and went through over 200 bottles of champagne in 7 hours (in addition to the 250 mini champagne bottle favors, of which zero we left). Perhaps my friends are just lushes?

    I hosted HCTY's bridal shower on Sunday. There were 14 people. Only half were drinking...we easily finished off 8 bottles of champagne in 3ish hours.

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  • A&W
    Master May 2017
    A&W ·
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    Thanks, everyone! So if I also have wine and beer, should I get a little less than one bottle per person?

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  • MrsMorales
    VIP September 2015
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    I would still get one bottle per person and then I would be so pleased to have a stock of champagne (in the case of extras) for all my champagne drinking needs.....I do love champagne.

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  • Kristy
    Master November 2015
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    A lot. Lol See if liquor laws in your state allow you to return unopened bottles and stock up. We were allowed to return extra liquor and wine in Texas as long as they hadn't been chilled (ie. placed in a bowl of ice, distorting the label)

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  • A&W
    Master May 2017
    A&W ·
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    Yeah, that makes sense. I would hate to run out of mimosas at a brunch! I'll definitely check on the return policy. I kinda doubt it because NC has strict alcohol laws, but it's worth looking into. Otherwise, it definitely wouldn't hurt to have extra champagne lying around! How much beer and wine do you think people would drink in addition to the champagne at brunch?

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  • jazminl05
    Super October 2016
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    There is charts online if you type in drinks per person for a party.. Or how many mimosas

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  • Kristy
    Master November 2015
    Kristy ·
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    Its hard to say. If people don't like champagne or orange juice, they wont have mimosas. My husband is a no-mimosa kind of guy and would be team beer all they way. People wont sip champagne alone as commonly as wine. I would suggest talking to knowledgeable staff at your liquor store. We had the local and very experienced wine guy help us determine numbers.

    Definitely, get more than you think you will need. If you guys are beer drinkers, you can take it home and enjoy later Smiley winking Beer is cheap.

    LOLS at the 20 bottles of champagne for 70 people! Gurrrllll..... I might drink one to myself at a brunch wedding! lol

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  • A&W
    Master May 2017
    A&W ·
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    I do plan on having a bunch of other juices and sliced fruit for the mimosa bar, but I still see your point. I can maybe go to Total Wine and see if they have any ideas.

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  • CassieM
    Super April 2016
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    Rule of thumb I found is 1 drink per person per hour of your party. How you break that up is depending on what you think people will drink more of. We are doing beer, wine, and a sig drink. I went through my list and did a best guess of what everyone would drink between beer and wine and then assumed everyone would have 1 sig drink to figure out my ratios. Of course round up it is better to have too much than to run out and have people feel less than perfectly hosted. Like others have said if you have left overs yay! you have hostess gifts for the next few years!

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  • A&W
    Master May 2017
    A&W ·
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    Also, I've tried looking at charts and calculators, but they all seem to be evening oriented.

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  • twostep127
    Super June 2016
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    The length of your reception will also determine a lot! How long is your brunch booked for?

    I personally hate mimosas and love champagne and tend to just drink it straight at brunch events, haha...so I'd be leaning closer to a bottle per guest, as PPs have suggested!

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  • A&W
    Master May 2017
    A&W ·
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    I'm going to have a cocktail hour and then a three-hour reception.

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  • Angela
    Super June 2016
    Angela ·
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    Try this as a guideline:

    http://apracticalwedding.com/2014/06/how-to-buy-alcohol-for-your-wedding/

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