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If you’re stocking the bar for your wedding (or rehearsal dinner), you’re likely confounded by just how much of everything you need to purchase. No one wants to run out but you don’t want to be stuck with tons of leftovers either.
A few points to to keep in mind as you start calculating your bar purchase:
General rule of thumb – people drink the heaviest the first 2 hours of a party with 2 drinks per person per hour and then at the 3 hour onward mark, it’s 1 drink per person per hour
50% of guests will prefer wine, 30% beer, 20% mixed drinks
If you’re only serving beer or wine, plan on 60% drinking wine and 40% drinking beer
If it’s hot, people will drink more white wine than red and more beer than mixed drinks
The more mixed cocktails you serve, the more ingredients you’ll need on hand. To keep bar costs down, keep it simple – beer, wine, hard liquor with mixers
For every liter of hard liquor, you’ll need 3 liters of mixer (sodas, juices)
Don’t forget to have water, ice, ice buckets, ice chests/coolers, cocktail napkins, stir sticks, glassware, garbage bins and bags
1 bottle of wine = 5 glasses
1 bottle of champagne = 8 glasses
1 bottle of hard liquor = 18 drinks
Here are a few tools to help you calculate just what you’ll need:
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