Alcoholic beverages for your wedding may not be at the top of your list,
but everyone agrees that is required and important. Almost all wedding venues
supply alcohol as part of the catering they provide. But the fixed package does
not always include the beverages that you want. Many couples choose to buy a
small stock of bottles for the wedding with some of their favorite vodkas (Van
Gogh or Grey Goose style), a good whisky, Fig liqueur or apple liqueur for
those who want to go a crazy but gently.
So how do you buy them? How much should you buy? And how do you not lose money?
How much alcohol should you buy for the wedding?
The accepted calculation is normally to assume that 40% of the guests will have at least one drink. One drink is about 150 ml (a chaser by the way is 30 ml and a shot is 70 ml).
So if you have 300 guests, we can calculate that at least 120 people (40% of 300) will drink at least 1 cup (150 ml).
An easy calculation will give us the following equation: 150 x 120 = 18,000.
18,000 ml = 18 Liters.
So at a wedding of 300 guests, you will need to have 18 liters of alcoholic beverages. If the bar at the venue will supply most of the alcohol you can subtract from this amount.
But every rule has an exception. You know your crowd the best. It can be a small and intimate wedding but with friends that love drinking and on the other hand it can be huge wedding with mainly families, children and the elderly don’t really want to get drunk and one glass of wine will be enough, and wine is anyway provided by the venue.
What types of alcoholic beverages should you buy?
So you have calculated the amount of alcohol you need to buy; now we need to divide that into bottles. Obviously you will not be buying 18 liters of whisky, right?
So how do you divide this? How much should you bring? Here is where you enter the picture. If your friends mainly drink Vodka and Red Bull – buy mainly Vodka. If the main drinkers are your parent’s friends that prefer a quality whisky, invest in a bottle or two for them. And if the majority will prefer light chasers, buy some Van Gogh bottles in different flavors, a good bottle of Arak or liqueur like Bad Apple or Fidge.
In any case you should try to create variety in your purchase and don’t invest in just one type of alcohol.
How to buy alcohol?
So Cheers! And if you have any more uncertainties, you can contact us.