๐—Ÿ๐—ฒ๐˜'๐˜€ ๐—ง๐—ฎ๐—น๐—ธ ๐—”๐—ฏ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐˜ ๐—•๐—ผ๐—ผ๐˜‡๐—ฒ!

๐—Ÿ๐—ฒ๐˜'๐˜€ ๐—ง๐—ฎ๐—น๐—ธ ๐—”๐—ฏ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐˜ ๐—•๐—ผ๐—ผ๐˜‡๐—ฒ! ๐˜‹๐˜๐˜  ๐˜‰๐˜ข๐˜ณ - ๐˜๐˜ฐ๐˜ธ ๐˜ฎ๐˜ถ๐˜ค๐˜ฉ ๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ค๐˜ฐ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฐ๐˜ญ ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฐ ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ? Always start with an online calculator, these are pretty good at giving you a starting point - but do not blindly follow them. They are general for a reason. Your guests and your wedding are unique.


A good rule of thumb is to assume that each guest will consume 1 drink per hour. So for a 2-hour cocktail hour and a 4-hour dance, for 100 guests, you'll want 600 'drinks'.


๐—™๐—ถ๐—ฟ๐˜€๐˜ ๐—ง๐—ต๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด๐˜€ ๐—™๐—ถ๐—ฟ๐˜€๐˜ ๐˜๐˜ฐ๐˜ธ ๐˜”๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜บ ๐˜‹๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ฌ๐˜ด ๐˜ˆ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜๐˜ฏ ๐˜ข ๐˜‰๐˜ฐ๐˜ต๐˜ต๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ? - Champagne: 6-8 glasses - Wine: 4-5 glasses - Liquor: ~18 Drinks - Kegs: Vary depending on size


๐—™๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐˜๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜€ ๐—ง๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜ ๐—œ๐—บ๐—ฝ๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐˜ ๐—ฌ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ฟ ๐—–๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ป๐˜ - Open Bar: Guests will drink more because they aren't paying for it. - Self-Service Bar: Guests will drink more because they will most likely over-pour and make stronger drinks. - Summer Wedding: Guests will drink more, especially if outside & warmer weather.


๐—ง๐—ต๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด๐˜€ ๐—ง๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜ ๐—œ๐—บ๐—ฝ๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐˜ ๐—ง๐˜†๐—ฝ๐—ฒ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐—”๐—น๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—ต๐—ผ๐—น - Spring/Summer Weddings: Guests will tend to drink more clear liquors and white wines. - Winter/Fall Weddings: Guests will tend to drink darker liquors and red wines. - Your Style: If you don't drink tequila, don't buy a ton of tequila. If you just want beer and wine, then just have beer and wine. - Your Guests: You know your guests better than a calculator does. If your crowd is a big Bud Light group - then get more Bud Light and less Bourbon.


๐—ง๐—ต๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด๐˜€ ๐—ง๐—ผ ๐—ฅ๐—ฒ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—บ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ - Always get more bottled water than you need. At least 1 bottle per guest. (Unless you are having pitchers of water and cups). - Don't forget ICE! Especially if you are having mixed drinks, you will want about 1 pound of ice per person. - If you are hiring bartenders, and having mixed drinks, try to have 1 bartender per 50 guests. If just doing bottles and cans, this number can be more like 1 bartender per 100 guests.


At the end of the day, you know your guests better than any online calculator will. So use your best judgement, take these factors into account. And of course, feel free to ask your vendors. They are here to help!

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