Our wedding is in two weeks, and we are stocking our own bar. Problem is, we have
what to buy. How much alcohol do we need for 100 people, and what kinds? More details within.
- There will be 100 people, about 90 of whom are drinkers (ranging from "glass of wine with dinner" people to "bottle of wine per hour" people).
- It is an evening wedding. The bar will be open from 5-11 p.m. My guess is that a lot of the older guests will head out around 9 or 9:30.
- About 45-ish of the guests are young people who are likely to mostly drink beer, and to drink a fair amount of it. (Also, we are ordering pizza for dinner, so I suspect that people will be more beer-inclined generally.) We are open to getting a keg but also we don't know anything about that. Bottles are fine too, but we've never thrown a party for 100 people and probably a few cases of PBR won't cut it.
- We would like to have a "full bar" but we don't really know what that entails. What kinds of liquor do we need? What about mixers? Stuff like olives or limes? Do we have to have those things? We are not huge drinkers of hard alcohol, so we just don't have a sense of what kinds of alcohol would comprise a full bar. Hard alcohol drinkers, what would you expect us to have?
- What are some good white or red wines in the $10-15-ish range? Available at Trader Joe's or Binny's is a big plus.
- We can return any unopened bottles to the liquor store after the wedding, but for obvious reasons we'd prefer not to lug tons and tons of stuff back (or spend the money in the first place on lots of alcohol we won't use).
- We have 2 professional bartenders working the event. They bring cocktail shakers and bottle openers and stuff, but that's it.
HALP. This sounded so straight-forward when we decided to do it, but it is suddenly extremely complicated. Thanks in advance for your help.
(I saw this question
, but a lot of the answers focused on drink recipes and/or liability insurance, neither of which are issues for us.)