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Decide On Variety Of Alcohol You Want To Have

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Another thing to consider is your wedding liquor list. There are several options you can offer: a full bar, where you offer wine, beer and a variety of mixed drinks, or you can serve wine and beer only.

A full bar is a more costly option, as apart from the liquor, which is expensive by itself, there are also mixers. Whatever you choose, remember, that people usually drink the heaviest the first 2 hours of a party.

Also, it’s nice to know that in hot weather people drink more white wine than red, and more beer than mixed drinks. On average, for every liter of hard liquor, you need 3 liters of mixers like soda, juice etc. Also, the more mixed drinks you serve, the more ingredients you’ll need on hand, so if you want to be frugal, keep it simple and limit the varieties. If you are going to play drinking games, make sure you have all the ingredients.

  1. Make A List What To Buy: Alcohol And Mixers To Stock Your Bar

If you don’t want to complete your bar with every booze known to man, here’s the basic list you need:

wedding alcohol calculator basic list to stock your bar

It’s nice to have some kind of background for your bar ideas for wedding, some data to rely on. If you are serving a full bar, your diy wedding bar shopping list for 100 guests would most probably include:

  1. Beer: 6 cases
  2. Whiskey: 1 liter
  3. Bourbon: 1 liter
  4. Gin: 2 to 3 liters
  5. Scotch: 2 liters
  6. Rum: 2 liters
  7. Vodka: 6 liters
  8. Tequila: 1 liter
  9. Champagne: 2 cases
  10. Red wine: 2 cases
  11. White wine: 3.5 cases
  12. Dry vermouth: 1 liter
  13. Sweet vermouth: 1 liter

If you think this list is too much, try a different one – for 100 guests you would need:

  1. 70 bottles of wine (35 bottles of red, 23 bottles of white, 12 bottles of sparkling)
  2. 175 bottles of beer
  3. 15 bottles of liquor (750 ml): 6 bottles of vodka, 4 bottles of whiskey, 2 bottles of gin, 2 bottles of tequila, 1 bottle of rum
  4. 20 bottles of champagne


  1. Tonic: 1 case
  2. Club soda: 1 case
  3. Cranberry juice: 2 gallons
  4. Orange juice: 1 gallon
  5. Grapefruit juice: 1 gallon
  6. Ginger ale: 1 case
  7. Triple sec: 1 liter
  8. Lime juice: 1 gallon
  9. Sparkling water: 2 cases
  10. Bottled water: 3 cases
  11. Diet coke: 2 cases
  12. Coke: 2 cases

Now all you need to do is to decide where to buy alcohol for a wedding, and voila! Also, don’t forget to buy ice, ice buckets, ice chests or coolers, stir sticks, glassware, if your venue doesn’t provide it, garbage bins and bags. You might also need sliced lime, cherries, olives, and other ingredients if you are going to serve mixed drinks.

Making a DIY wedding bar can seem quite frustrating at first, but in reality, it only requires several simple calculations. Do not forget, that all the numbers above are nothing but statistics – you know your guests better. So feel free to change the numbers as you see them.

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