How To Buy Wine For Your Wedding

When it comes to weddings (big or small), wine is a must. Find out what makes a great wedding wine list and how much you’ll need. Many guests will drink wine over spirits at weddings, so it’s important to buy the right amount of wine for your party. Check out our helpful wedding alcohol calculator below to plan perfectly!

How To Calculate Wedding Alcohol & Wine

wedding alcohol calculator

Whether your wedding will have 100 people or 20, it is important to calculate ahead of time how much alcohol you’ll need. Let’s face it, running out of wine would put a real damper on your wedding (and having too much leftover wine means wasted money). Calculating how much wine you’ll need at your wedding helps you avoid overspending, while also ensuring that you have enough for each guest.

The general rule of thumb is to have enough drinks for one glass per person per hour of your reception. This includes all alcohol: wine, beer, and liquor. A typical ratio of alcohol to serve at a wedding is ⅓ beer, ⅓ liquor, and ⅓ wine.

How Much Beer and Wine for 100 Guests?

This means that if you have 100 guests at your reception, you will need about 30-40 glasses of wine per hour. There are about 4 glasses of wine in a bottle, which means you will end up needing about 8-10 bottles of wine per hour. 




How Many Drinks are in a Bottle?

Use this cheatsheet as a reference guide for calculating the amount of drinks you can expect to have for various types of alcohol.

How many drinks are in a beer keg?

165 12oz. beers.

How many drinks are in a bottle of wine?

Five 5oz. glasses.

How many drinks are in a bottle of champagne?

Five 5oz. glasses.

How many drinks are in a bottle of liquor (750ml/1.76L)?

12 2oz. pours for a 750ml bottle and 29 2oz. pours for a 1.76L bottle.

Planning A Micro Wedding

Due to the nature of the times, weddings tend to look a bit different. The guest list is shorter, the venue smaller. You’re probably not spending as much money as you thought you would. COVID has really changed the way weddings happen, but one thing is for certain: a wedding isn’t complete unless there’s wine!

A micro wedding is exactly what it sounds like: a smaller version of a typical wedding. While every micro wedding will look different, it typically has everything that a usual wedding has, just on a smaller scale. The guest list, venue, amount of food, and decorations get scaled down. In some cases, the attire might change.

Micro weddings could be the perfect option for getting married during the COVID pandemic. Smaller celebrations help keep others safe, and micro wedding guest lists typically abide by local and state gathering guidelines. Another benefit is that if you have a smaller guest list, you will typically spend less money on food, decorations, drinks, and even the venue—leaving you with more money in your pocket. Micro weddings offer a more intimate celebration, which means that it can be personalized down to the attire and types of receptions. The point is—a micro wedding is a wedding on a more personal level, so you can have fun with it and reinvent what a wedding means to you.


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Select The Perfect Wedding Wine List

glasses of rose wine with lavender garnish at a wedding reception

Whether you’re tying the knot during COVID or holding out a bit longer for a large celebration, sparkling wine or champagne is an essential part of traditional wedding toasts and celebrations. Here are some tips to help you select the perfect wines for your wedding!

Don’t know where to start? Consider these four types of popular wine: red, white, rosé, and sparkling. Within these are subcategories and different bodies and finishes. Regardless of nuanced wine qualities, one thing is for certain: you should serve a variety of wines at your wedding. This doesn’t mean you have to provide a huge selection of each type. Rather, opt for getting both red and white wine to serve at your wedding, and sparkling for the toast. That way, the preferences of every guest are accounted for. Here are the most common wedding wines for each category:

Red Wines

  • Merlot
  • Shiraz
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Pinot Noir

White Wines

  • Chardonnay
  • Riesling
  • Pinot Grigio

Rosé Wines

  • White Zinfandel
  • Grenache
  • Sangiovese

Sparkling Wines

  • Prosecco
  • Champagne
  • Cava

Need Help Selecting Wedding Wines?

If you’re searching for the perfect company to supply wine for your wedding, look no further! The Wine Cellar Group is committed to providing customers with premium quality, handcrafted boutique wines at an unbelievable value. We offer bulk discounts, too! Let us help you select quality wine at the best price for your wedding reception. Contact your local Wine Cellar store for more information and to get started!





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