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#1 User is offline   gnicolecan 

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We are serving beer and wine only at our reception and I must let the caterer know how much we want of each. My question is how to figure this number? 60 % of the # invited is 90 people.

I need to get this right because I want to have plenty, but we do not get credit for the unopened bottles.

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Let me preface my recommendation by saying that we can never 100% fully know how much beer and wine our guests will drink. We can only estimate.

You can estimate that each guess will consume about 3 - 5 drinks an hour. Guests consume more white wine then red, and domestic beer is less costly than imported. Where wine and beer are both served, the tendency seems to be to drink more wine. One case of wine serves roughly 100 people, and beer is one for every person.

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Thank you for the feedback. However, this estimate seems to be very high. For example, I would never drink 6-10 glasses of wine in 2 hours.

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Dear Gnicolecan:

You asked for an estimate and the formula is just that. Whether or not you follow it is up to you. It may not be in your nature to drink that much, but the guests who do drink, will drink, and more so when the alcohol is available freely.

Much success to you.

Cheers!

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I would like to add one more thing in regard to this.

Couples make the mistake of looking at this formula in terms of "I can't believe anyone would drink 6 - 10 drinks in two hours". But what they fail to see (mainly by lack of experience) is that guests don't always drink all of their glasses of wine, bottles of beer or glasses of mixed drinks before they get another one. Often, our drinking guests will sample what ever is available at the bar, with no thought to the fact that you or I might are paying for that glass, bottle or mixed drink.

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So true.

However, you may also want to discuss this with your caterer or read what they suggest as well.

There are roughly 5 glasses of wine per bottle, 12 bottles per case, that is 60 glasses of wine per case. Plus, many caterers plan on 1 bottle of wine per drinker, which is 5 glasses of wine.

If there is a server for the alcohol, you could get a keg, which would be plenty of beer.
Rebecca Black, Etiquette By Rebecca

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