How Much Alcohol Should I Buy for My Wedding?

by jaime on October 5, 2012

Alcohol at a wedding all comes down to a few different things:

1. Whether you’re doing open or cash bar
2. What your venue allows (mine allows everything but hard liquor – saving us money but still giving us options!)
3. What your personal preferences are
4. How many people you’re inviting

Keeping these things in mind, Cam and I are planning to get two half kegs of two lighter beers (Coors Light and Leinenkugel Summer Shandy, most likely!), a selection of bottled beers (including some of Cam’s favorites), champagne for the toast and our bellini bar and some wine choices.

But, I also found this super helpful guide for how much alcohol to buy for guests at a party, and it’s 100% relevant for brides-to-be to check out as well!

Need more help? One tool that I’ve been using is the evite Drink Calculator – they give you the options to choose how many light, moderate or heavy drinkers will be attending and offers you an estimate of how much alcohol to buy! My personal recommendation? To keep people from over-drinking, only supply enough alcohol for a maximum of two drinks per hour – this will limit the intake while still providing your guests enough options!

What are your recommendations for our brides-to-be who need alcohol advice?


PS: If you’re choosing to have a dry wedding (either because of personal/religious preferences or due to venue rules), it’s polite to let your guests know ahead of time. Just stick a note in your invitations or add an extra line, so no one is caught off-guard. Good luck!


Jenn October 6, 2012 at 6:11 am

So informational! In your P.S. you said to let your guest know if you are having a dry wedding. Do you have any tips for what that wording would be?

jaime October 15, 2012 at 9:36 am


Let me ask a few people who are more knowledgeable about this than myself.


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