How Much Alcohol To Serve?

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Everyone needs a drink or two (or maybe more) during a wedding to soak in the fuzzy atmosphere of love. But exactly how much drinks or alcohol would be enough to make your guests happy? Here are some tips to help you estimate the amount of drinks you need for your special day.

First you need to ask yourself what do you want to serve and how much to serve?

Beer? Red wine? White wine? Champagne? 

If you’re holding your wedding at the hotel, the usual soft drinks, beer and house pours would be included in the wedding package. However, if you are purchasing your own alcohol, corkage charges would normally apply.

For couples whose guests enjoy drinking, an open bar concept may work for you. Basically, an open bar means an unlimited flow of alcohol for your guests! Although this arrangement might be pricey, couples can try negotiating with the hotel for a specific drinks menu for their guests to choose from – this might help to lower the cost of having an open bar.

For couples who are concerned about bursting your budget with the open bar, you can still regulate the alcohol consumption by staggering the type of beverages being served. For the cocktail reception, you can choose to serve non-alcoholic beverages. Then introduce the alcoholic beverages during the main dinner. In this way you can limit the consumption of alcohol.

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DSC_2391 1Specialised Cocktail for Your Wedding

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Another tip we have for you is to serve your (yes I’m referring to you and your fiancé/fiancée) favourite cocktail during the wedding! This would definitely make the wedding more interesting and at the same time, you can also control the alcohol intake for cocktails. Consumption of hard liquor is slower than any other alcohol!

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Secondly, you need to consider the time and venue of the wedding.

Believe it or not, depending on whether the wedding is indoors or outdoors, a lunch or dinner reception, your guests’ alcohol consumption and preference will be different!

If it’s an outdoor wedding, guests will tend to go for white wines, champagnes or beers as these beverages are served chilled! As compared to a dinner reception, guests will tend to drink lesser during lunch as they still have to get through the day before retiring for the night.

We have also came up with an infographic of what to expect for each bottle of alcohol to help you better manage the alcohol flow at your wedding:

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