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How Much Liquor to Buy for a Wedding

Part of the Wedding Planning For Dummies Cheat Sheet

If you're hosting your wedding in an off-premise facility or your rehearsal dinner at home, you need to know how much liquor to buy. The following table gives the standard amounts needed for a simple bar.

Note: Amounts are for 100 guests with a four-hour open bar, including cocktail hour. For ice, figure on 1-1/2 pounds per person; 2-1/2 pounds per person if also chilling bottles.

AlcoholAmount
Campari 1 liter
Gin 5 liters
Rum 2 liters
Scotch 4 liters
Tequila 1 liter
Vermouth (dry) 2 750-ml bottles
Vermouth (sweet) 2 750-ml bottles
Vodka 6 liters
Whisky (blended) 1–2 liters
Beer and WineAmount
Beer 2 or 3 cases
Champagne during cocktails 1-1/2 cases
Wine (white) during cocktails 1-1/2 cases
Wine (red) during cocktails 6 bottles
MixersAmount
Club soda 9 liters
Cola 14 liters
Diet cola 12 liters
Ginger ale 7 liters
Juices (cranberry, orange, grapefruit) 8 quarts each
Lemon-lime soda 7 liters
Diet lemon-lime 7 liters
Tonic 1 case
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