AshelyJ.
Devoted October 2017

How much liquor do I need?!

AshelyJ., on March 23, 2017 at 2:55 PM Posted in Planning

So we are having an open bar at our wedding, we have invited 200+ people and the reception starts at 7 and we have the venue till midnight. How much alcohol do I actually need? I tried doing a "wedding liquor generator" but it told me I needed like 33 bottles on everything. And that just seemed a bite much. Any opinions?

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  • RealLindseyO
    Master October 2017
    RealLindseyO ·

    Your caterer/bartender could probably help you with this.

  • A. L.
    Master July 2017
    A. L. ·

    33 bottles of wine is about 6 people to a bottle if you only have 200 people there. Not everyone drinks wine, of course, but a bottle of wine won't serve six anyway. So that sounds right.

  • Mrs. Knolle
    Master July 2016
    Mrs. Knolle ·

    The general rule is 2 drinks per person for cocktail hour and 1 drink per person for each hour after that. Don't forget to subtract the number of guests under 21 from that number before calculating. I'm assuming that you are supplying the alcohol for the open bar. You can use these calculations to guess for the budget, but you really won't know how much you need until after you receive your RSVPs.

  • AshelyJ.
    Devoted October 2017
    AshelyJ. ·

    We are. And everyone is over 21. I'm going to need a lot of liquor it looks like.

  • found my prince
    Devoted June 2017
    found my prince ·

    You need at least 1,200 drinks for the 5 hrs: 2 drinks PP for the 1st Hr... 1 drink PP for every Hr after that.

    1 bottle of spirits serves about 16 drinks, 1 bottle wine about 5.

    33 bottles spirits= 528 drinks

    33 bottles of wine=165

    add to that about 500 beer bottles and you're at about 1193 (if I calculated right)

    But you also have to know your guest... We have a lot of heavy drinkers/Party people and lots of wine drinkers.

    we're serving 30 bottles of Malbec and we only have 50 guests!

    (ETA: of course we're having the other alcohol as well... Liquor, beer, champagne )

  • Steph
    Super June 2018
    Steph ·

    I've seen a few things on Pinterest about how to stock a full bar, try looking at other suggestions to compare to the first one you did, they'll probably all be a little different. And don't forget about things like coke, soda water, grenadine, etc. if your venue doesn't provide those!

  • C
    Expert June 2017
    CBW ·

    This is the list our bartender service gave us for our 250 guest wedding. Bottles are 750ml or 1L- our service said not to get handles.

    Ignore the scratched out vodka number- I'm keeping track of what we've bought already. The actual number is 15 bottles.

    I have another list for mixers I'll post next.


  • FaithD_2017
    VIP September 2017
    FaithD_2017 ·

    @Christina B, why no handles?

  • C
    Expert June 2017
    CBW ·

    Soda amounts I believe are liters


  • C
    Expert June 2017
    CBW ·

    @Faith- honestly no idea. FH thinks it might be ease of pouring? We never asked why, but I plan to now that I've seen how much cheaper the handles are!

  • FaithD_2017
    VIP September 2017
    FaithD_2017 ·

    I can see how that could cause a problem, but they are bartenders. I was planning on buying handles too.

    And holy 700 pounds of ice!!

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