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What do you drink at a wedding?

Hello everyone :-) I am getting married in 9 weeks, on New Years Eve. Wow, it's coming up so fast!

We are having an open bar, and can bring in our own alcohol. We will be providing beer, wine, champagne, and mixed drinks - we are also providing several non-alcoholic options such as tea, coffee, lemonade, soda, and water.

We have hired a service that provides all bar set - up and mixers, but since they only have a license to serve, not sell, we are required to bring in all alcohol.

So to help us estimate quantity, tell me what you like to drink at weddings, or just events in general. We want to make sure our guests are well taken care of.

Thanks in advance!

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  1. Depending on type of event - tonic or lime & soda (the latter in pint beer glasses)

    1. Congratulations on your upcoming wedding!!

      My preference is wine, often white with h'ors d'oeuvres and then changing to red with the entree. That said, it's got to be at least a "decent" wine. That doesn't mean it has to cost a lot, and you're at an advantage, being able to pay retail prices for your wine. I'd MUCH rather drink plain club soda than bad wine. I'm really not a wine snob, but I'd no sooner drink bad wine than I would eat crappy food. Drinking wine should be pleasurable. If it sounds like I'm on a rant, it's only because I was just at a wedding this past weekend where the wine was just plain awful -- lower-than-bottom-shelf. Why bother at all?

      1. You'll always run into some people who only drink red wine, or don't drink beer, or only drink vodka, or drink anything but vodka.

        I drink everything, but my favorite is the sour family of cocktails. Aviations, Last Words, and tequila sours are some of my favorites.

        1. Congrats on the wedding!

          Basics are champagne for the toast, red & white wine, beer and soft drinks.

          Depending on the crowd, count on minimum 3 drinks each at a reception. That's 1.5 oz of hard liquor, a bit more than 1/2 a bottle of wine, 3 beers. I would personally add the champagne on top of the calculations, there's always someone willing to drink an extra glass of champagne.

          You can adjust up or down if the wedding is an all night affair, or if you're going to stop the festivities after 3-4 hours.

          I've seen people drink double or triple this at an all night affair where everyone's staying at a hotel. If it's on New Year's eve, maybe you'd better use New Year's celebration estimates for your friends rather than typical wedding recommendations.

          Some shops will take extra alcohol back. Again, there's always someone who's willing to take care of it.

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          1. re: tomishungry

            Btw, 1.5 oz of hard liquor is one drik.

          2. What exactly is it that you are looking for? Do you want a list of different types of alcoholic beverages (i.e. hard liquor) that you should buy for the bartenders to make into mixed drinks? If so, I would ask the service that is providing the bartenders. They will have a better idea of what the people in your area are drinking these days rather than the opinion of people that post here that seem to be from all over the world. Tell the service how many people will be attending your wedding reception and they can give you a good idea of how much of what types of liquor to buy.