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October 2011 Weddings

Catering/Alcohol question

Ok, so I am signing the catering contract soon and am trying to decide what alcohol to reserve. 

We are currently planning on offering beer (2 kegs) and wine, with a cash bar to supplement.  The cash bar is really just so that people who don't want the beer/wine offered can have what they want.

What I would like to do is offer a signature drink, a mojito, with the beer and wine, in place of one of the kegs. 

We have about 70 guests, some big drinkers (about 30), and the rest will probably drink lightly. 

I wonder if the one keg will still be enough?  Once the second keg is opened, we have to pay for the whole thing even if we don't drink it all so I'm trying to get away from that.  I don't think we'd use 2 whole kegs.  Maybe I just answered my own question.  :)  Also, how much wine?  I don't drink wine often so I don't know what to expect. 
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Re: Catering/Alcohol question

  • I don't know much about alcohol, but my question is - do you have to do kegs for beer? Can you not have bottles and that way it's easier to take back what is not used?
  • edited April 2011
    Honestly, since you're including a cash bar and providing a signature drink and wine, I think one keg should be plenty.

    We're planning on one keg for our wedding of 100 (we'll have some heavy drinkers, some that will drink lightly, and some not at all), and 12 bottles of wine (which actually isn't a lot of wine, but we don't expect too many wine drinkers).

    FI and I actually had our worst argument ever over one keg vs. two. He wanted one, so as to not get the guests too drunk. I wanted two, so that we wouldn't run out. We finally decided one would be enough. (Although, frankly, I still fear we'll run out. And we're not doing a cash bar so once our alcohol is gone, it's gone.)

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    [QUOTE]Honestly, since you're including a cash bar and providing a signature drink and wine, I think one keg should be plenty. We're planning on one keg for our wedding of 100 (we'll have some heavy drinkers, some that will drink lightly, and some not at all), and 12 bottles of wine (which actually isn't a lot of wine, but we don't expect too many wine drinkers). <strong>FI and I actually had our worst argument ever</strong> over one keg vs. two. He wanted one, so as to not get the guests too drunk. I wanted two, so that we wouldn't run out. We finally decided one would be enough. (Although, frankly, I still fear we'll run out. And we're not doing a cash bar so once our alcohol is gone, it's gone.)
    Posted by camichael84[/QUOTE]

    Ok, so my post has nothing to do with the topic, so I apologize in advance.... but while reading your post, camichael, it brought to mind the only wedding-related argument my FI and I have had so far -- when he told me his intention to wear a leisure suit to the wedding.

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  • edited April 2011
    Ok, so going back to the original question, with all of the options you have, it sounds like one keg would be enough. If people want to continue drinking & the keg runs out, they'll still have other options. (Even if it's not a preference, it's still an option...)

    And as for wine, each bottle has approx 4 glasses (plus a little extra). If each guest were to have one glass of wine, that would be 17.5 bottles. I couldn't tell if you had champagne for toasting, so that's why I mention 1 glass per guest -- just as a starting point. A "normal" (and I use that term very loosely) wine drinker will probably have 2-3 glasses, maybe more if they're having a really good time.

    You'll need more than that 17.5 if you anticipate more wine drinkers, of course.
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    [QUOTE]In Response to Re: Catering/Alcohol question : Ok, so my post has nothing to do with the topic, so I apologize in advance.... but while reading your post, camichael, it brought to mind the only wedding-related argument my FI and I have had so far -- when he told me his intention to wear a leisure suit to the wedding. (BTW, we have compromised & he will be wearing one to the rehearsal dinner.)
    Posted by leapinglissy[/QUOTE]

    Hahaha! Well, at least you compromised on it. :)

    The keg incident is actually a laughing point with FI and I now. Only we would have our most heated argument over how many kegs to have at our wedding.  (And the irony is that despite me being the one wanting more, I don't even like beer.)

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  • Haha you girls are funny :)

    Thanks for the input.  Last night I talked to FI about it more, and he suggested that we allow for beer by the bottle in case (and after) the first keg runs out.  I'm OK with that.  And, if I look around and people are too sloshed, I'll just say, no more beer after the keg. 
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