Angie
Beginner August 2021

Stocking your own bar?

Angie, on August 1, 2021 at 8:12 PM Posted in Wedding Reception 0 9
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Has anyone supplied their own bar, or is planning on it.
We have bartenders, and all that, but I’m needing to get cups for our reception.
The bartenders are saying plan on 3-4 per person, but I just feel like that’s not going to be enough. I understand some people will have more drinks, and some will have less, but I’m just looking to hear from someone who may have done this and what you did. 150 people, bar will be open for 6 hours (open for cocktail hour then closed during dinner) then open for another 5 hours after. We will probably have the bar going longer than 5 hours, but almost people will be done by then.
Thanks in advance.

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Latest activity by Angie, on August 2, 2021 at 11:58 PM
  • Ronika
    Savvy October 2021
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    Are you serving beer as well..if so that will cut back on the number of cups you will need. But a general rule is at least 3/4 cups per person, so you are looking at 500 cups..the small 9oz chinet plastic cups will suffice and you can buy them in bulk at any BJs, Sam's, or Costco
    I have to supply cups for my bar as well
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  • Michelle
    Rockstar April 2021
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    Our venue supplied the mixers, cups& bartender - we supplied the alcohol. We bought it at Sam’s & saved a ton! Take their advice- they’re the professionals & know what they’re talking about. 3-4 drinks per person is plenty.
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  • Angie
    Beginner August 2021
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    Keg Beer, keg truly, wine, mixed drinks and also non alcoholic drinks as well.


    I’m buying compostable disposable cups
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  • Ronika
    Savvy October 2021
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    If you are having that many drinks then I would say at least 500 cups..some guests may even want a cup with ice for a canned soda as well so take that into consideration..I bartend at weddings and go through lots of cups..
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  • Angie
    Beginner August 2021
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    That’s kind of my thoughts as well.
    I guess I’d rather have more than not enough, but I don’t want to buy way more than I need.

    Thanks for your help!
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  • Michelle
    Rockstar October 2022
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    Our guests don’t drink beer/wine/champagne so that cuts down some expense. From what we priced out, it’s actually cheaper for us to get liquor and mixers that they do like. In addition to non alcoholic beverages for the kids and non drinkers. For example, whiskey, plus rum and tequila to allow for frozen drinks if guests wish.
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  • Angie
    Beginner August 2021
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    Riiight. We already have the drinks, I was literally asking about the amount of cups. Thanks tho
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  • Michelle
    Rockstar October 2022
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    What does your bartender suggest? They do this everyday so they know what works.

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  • Angie
    Beginner August 2021
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    3-4 per person but that’s just for alcohol, not taking into consideration non alcoholic drinks. we are keeping our bar open after everything winds down and we send the bartenders home, and will still have a decent amount of people.


    I’m just buying tons and donate what I don’t use. I’d rather have too many than not enough.
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