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Wedding Drink Quantities – How Much Alcohol Should You Buy For Your Wedding?

As a multi-award-winning UK Wedding Planner, one of the questions I’m regularly asked by my wedding planning couples is how they should determine the correct wedding drink quantities for their wedding. Honestly, this one’s a bit of a wedding minefield!

If you buy too much alcohol, you could be left with a huge surplus (may not necessarily be a bad thing!), and if you purchase too little, then you’ll run out on the wedding day – disaster!

Whilst many wedding venues will offer their own wedding drinks packages, you may have chosen a dry-hire wedding venue which means that you’ll need to source your wedding drinks and alcohol directly. Whether you jet off to France to source the finest champagne for your toasts, or fancy going with more of a ‘feed a crowd’ option and buying your drinks in bulk, knowing the correct amount to buy is key!

Today, I’m handing over to our friends at Firstleaf who are going to talk you through the process of choosing the alcohol for your wedding and determining the correct wedding drink quantities. They’ll also share some handy wedding planning advice and tips to help you get your drink quantities correct!

Determining your wedding drink quantities

This handy infographic gives a great summary of drinks quantities for your wedding and you can also access specialist advice about pairing your wines with elements of your wedding breakfast on the Firstleaf website, right here.

It’s really important that in addition to purchasing your wedding alcohol, you must also buy a significant sum of soft drinks. Even the booziest crowd will need something lighter throughout the day, and of course, you’ll need to have a constant supply of water on tap too. At One Curious Dream weddings, we always set up kilner dispensers with soft drinks and water for guests to help themselves too. This takes pressure off the main wedding bar and ensures your guests won’t be thirsty!

If you have got lots of dry-drinkers, also think about providing mocktails or more luxe drinks options – after all, it’s nice for your guests to feel cared for!

If you’re working with a professional wedding planner, they’ll be able to help you produce the calculations based on your specific requirements.

If you’d like to find out more about my wedding planning services, I’d love to hear from you! Why not get in touch to book your free, no-obligation consultation or drop me a line: [email protected].

As a multi-award-winning wedding planner, I work with amazing couples across the globe to plan and design amazing weddings throughout the UK.

If you’d like to explore my wedding event planning services or fancy chatting through the plans for your wedding, I’d love to hear from you!

You can reach me at [email protected] or 0800 772 0765. In the meantime, keep up to date with my wedding planning adventures on Instagram!

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