DIY Wedding Planning - How much Booze should you buy?

April 22, 2016
Many couples are finding that buying their alcohol is an easy DIY wedding planning task and may help control the cost (here are some other ways to keep track of your wedding budget and to manage your wedding budget), especially if you or have a friend who works in the restaurant or alcohol industry. But when you go to make the purchase, you will be at a loss of how much to buy and how much of what things to buy.  The store should be able to help you, but be an educated buyer before you start talking money. 
Bonus: you get to keep the leftovers!

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If you have heavier drinkers or lighter drinks, make adjustments accordingly. Also, if you are having a speciality cocktail, keep the updated proportions in mind when going to buy the alcohol. You will need at least 2 more bottles of whatever alcohol is in your specialty cocktail. They tend to become a popular drink throughout the night as people want to get into the theme and fun of your wedding!

Don't forget it takes much more than just alcohol to stock your bar. You will also need mixers, such as tonic, club soda, and other sodas or juices. You will also need garnishments and keep in mind; your specialty cocktail will most likely have a special garnishment. The bar will also need certain tools such as shakers or strainers. Either make sure you provide the tools or ask another wedding vendors!

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You can always ask your cater to help with some of the bar add-ons needed. Espcially ask about the ice. They will need ice for their own purposed and better them than you lugging all of that ice around! The cost wont be much different than if you bought it for yourself. You caterer should also be awar of what you plan on serving so they are prepared with the correct amounts of drinkware. And don't forget to tip everyone! Here is a simple and easy to follow wedding vendor tipping cheat sheet!

If you are looking for more specific numbers, here is a helpful drink calculator we have used in the past:



Questions and problems like deciding how much alcohol to buy are why many and most wedding vendors will suggest looking into hiring at least a day of wedding planner. A planner will certainly be able to help and advise actual amounts based on your wedding. Not sure what a day of wedding planner will bring to the table? Check out this article! It will go into great detail about why a day of a wedding planner can make a big impact on your wedding day!DIY wedding planning. Maryland wedding planner. Baltimore wedding planner. Day of a wedding planner. Jewish wedding planner. Winter wedding. Winter wedding planning. * Wedding Planner Washington, DC, Wedding Planner Kensington, Wedding Planner McLean, Wedding Planner Rockville, Wedding Planner Arlington, Wedding Planner Chevy Chase, Wedding Planner Silver Spring, Day of Wedding Planner, Wedding Planner Potomac, Wedding Planner North Bethesda, Wedding Planner Bethesda, Wedding Planner Wheaton, Wedding Planner Alexandria 

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