I’m planning a wedding for later this year and all the alcohol throughout the day will be provided by us. No pay bar of any kind.
I am struggling to get a sense of the quantities of wine to be ordering. I do not massively want a loan of wedding wine left over but nor do I want to under buy. I am aware of sale and return schemes but would also prefer to avoid this hassle.
My online research has suggested that my initial ideas for wine provision are over the top but I personally feel that the online guides provide far too little wine per person - perhaps because they think there will be a pay bar in the evening.
Essentially the wedding starts at 1pm and people will be drinking by 1.30pm. We then have around two and a half hours of reception where mostly sparkling wine will be drunk, then the meal where it will be mostly white and red, followed by sparkling for toasts and then white and red in the evening. In addition, we will be providing beer, spirits, and soft drinks in addition to the wine. Final drinks at 11.30pm.
My initial jottings for wine look like this (there will be around 85 drinking guests throughout the day and night).
Sparkling for reception: 45 bottles (reception from 1.30pm to around 4pm)
White wine for meal and evening consumption: 50 bottles
Red wine for meal and evening consumption: 50 bottles
Rose wine, probably for all day drinking: 15 bottles
Sparkling wine for toasts: 15 bottles
Total: 175 bottles
Essentially it averages out to around 2 bottles of wine per person which does sound like a lot but we are also talking of around 10 hours of possible drinking time per person.
I would be happy to receive any feedback, I think I’m broadly on the ball but happy to hear if people think I am over going over or under the top and if people think I am getting the bottle splits wrong (white/red/rose etc.). Another reason not to buy any more wine than necessary is that i have a set budget for wine, which obviously equals a higher per bottle price if less bottles need to be purchased.