When asked to divulge her single best budget wedding idea, she had this to say...
For my wedding, we found a venue that allowed us to supply our own alcohol, so we shopped at discount stores for our wine and beer for the reception. Cheapo Trader Joe's wine was disguised by custom wine bottle labels we DIY'd so no one was the wiser!
If you're savvy like Jessica and will be providing the booze and refreshments for your wedding bartender to mix up, it's crucial that you know how much of everything you'll need. And today, we break it down for you with our Stocking the Bar cheat sheet!
For every 100 wedding guests, you will need:
Beer - 4-5 cases
Champagne - 1 case
Red Wine - 2 cases
White Wine - 2 cases
Soda / Sparkling Water - 12 cases
Bottled Water - 6 cases
Vodka - 6 liters
Gin - 2 liters
Whiskey - 2 liters
Scotch - 3 liters
Bourbon - 1 liter
Rum - 4 liters
Tequila - 2 liters
Dry Vermouth - 2 bottles
Sweet Vermouth - 2 bottles
Of course, if you know that your wedding party or guests prefer a certain type of drink, you'll want to reallocate the amounts above accordingly.
So brideys, now that you're Stocking the Bar pros, you can take that mid-reception booze run right off the table! Cheers to that!