How To Have a DIY Wedding: Stocking the Bar

Weddings are known for their celebratory toasts and guests raising their glasses to the happy couple. For most engaged couples, a well-stocked bar for the wedding dinner or reception is a must. A prominent Salt Lake City caterer shares their best tips when it comes to stocking the bar for couples tackling the DIY wedding.

How Much Liquor? The best way to gauge how much liquor you'll need for your approximate number of guests is to talk to the bartender. He or she should be able to give you a rough amount to ensure you have plenty.  However, here are some general guidelines for the suggested amount of alcohol you should buy for 100 guests:

  • Beer: 6 to 9 cases (domestic, imported and light)
  • Wine: 2 cases red wine, 3 cases white wine
  • Champagne: 1 to 1 ½ cases
  • Vodka: 5 liters
  • Gin: 3 liters
  • Scotch: 2 liters
  • Tequila: 2 liters
  • Whiskey: 1 liter
  • Bourbon: 1 liter
  • Rum: 1 liter
  • Vermouth: 1 bottle

Cutting Costs - Ask your liquor provider if they will buy back any unused alcohol. If you're really trying to cut costs, you may want to consider serving only beer and wine with one or two signature cocktails. Save the bubbly for the toasts! You can also have a cocktail hour where drinks are served and then limit drinks during dinner to water and soda.

Don't Forget... If you are responsible for setting up the entire bar, don't forget garnishes and barware! Include milk, lemon, limes, cherries, olive, lime juice, lemon mix, orange juice, cranberry juice, tonic water, Coke, Diet Coke, Seven-Up and ginger ale. You'll also need cocktail stirrers and straws.


Share this article!

Follow us!

Find more helpful articles: