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Alcoholic beverages for your wedding: The complete guide

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?


  • Always buy your alcohol at licensed places, the phenomenon of fake alcohol is growing and developing over the years and it is a shame to spend good money on alcohol that is counterfeit and can affect the enjoyment and even can be dangerous.
  • In Israel there are fantastic franchises that sell alcohol at good prices, another option is buying at the Duty Free stores if you have family or friends travelling.
  • Be aware that the taxation authorities allow for limited amounts of alcohol per person – it would be a shame to pay a fine at the airport instead of saving money.
  • Another important point is to make sure that the alcohol you buy has a kosher stamp or certificate. Most wedding venues in Israel are strict about keeping kosher and if your alcohol is not kosher they will not be able to serve it to your guests.
  • Refund policy – Always check with the seller if you can return unopened bottles and how much you will get refunded. Most of the alcohol franchises do accept returns of sealed bottles and you can discuss in advance with them how much of a refund you will get.
  • Include this expense in your wedding budget – decide in advance how much money you are willing to spend on alcoholic beverages and find the store that you can get the maximum for your money. Don’t go out of your budget for a few bottles, it is not worth it and it definitely won’t be the only alcohol you have at your wedding. So you can be relaxed.

 

So Cheers! And if you have any more uncertainties, you can contact us.

 

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