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Expert Tips on Stocking the Bar at your Wedding

Hattiesburg, MS

Most brides and grooms want their wedding to be a perfect celebration of their union and will therefore go to great lengths to make it the event of a lifetime. However, planning the guest beverages may have you asking the two biggest questions about establishing a wedding bar: how much liquor and mixers are necessary and the costs associated with the setup and service. Therefore, today on the blog, Lincoln Road Package Store shares expert tips on stocking the bar at your wedding so that you can ensure your guests are happy. Once you finalize your RSVP list, feel free to visit our location at 2800 Lincoln Road, Suite A, in Hattiesburg, MS, so that we can help you gather everything you need for your big day.

How Much Alcohol to Buy for Your Wedding

Purchasing the perfect amount of alcohol for your wedding requires the consideration of multiple factors. First, consider your guest list size, reception length, and the possibility of an after-party. Then, think about those likely to partake in consuming an alcoholic beverage. Finally, you can estimate how much or little liquor you need. Below are some wedding bar aspects to consider that could impact the cost when preparing for your event.

  • Do your guests love beer?
  • What type of food are you serving?
  • Are you offering a signature cocktail?
  • Would you like to have a champagne toast?

When planning how much alcohol to purchase for your wedding, crucial information is how many drinks one bottle can serve. Below is an outline to help you buy the correct amount for your big day.

How many drinks are in a bottle?

  • A bottle of champagne fills six to eight glasses.
  • A bottle of wine fills five glasses.
  • A liter bottle of liquor makes about 18 drinks.

How many bottles are in a case?

  • A case of wine contains 12 bottles.
  • A case of beer contains 24 bottles or cans.

Wedding Bar Types

Another factor that can determine how to stock a wedding bar it’s deciding the type of bar you prefer. With four major wedding bar types: open, limited, and cash, you can create a solution catered to your preferences. Below is a deeper description of each bar type.

  • Open Bar – Having an open bar is a most gracious approach, but it can also become costly. With an open bar, your guests can order any drink they want, and you pay the bill when the party’s over. Some may drink more than usual, depending on your guest list, because there’s no limit.
  • Limited Bar – A limited bar offers a selection of beer, wine, or a signature cocktail within specific consumption times, such as the cocktail hour. Another consideration is hiring waiters to bring drinks to guests instead of going to the bar. Although you factor the cost of hiring them into your budget, you’ll have fewer guests to go overboard, and you may save money on alcohol.
  • Cash Bar – One of the least popular types, cash bars, mean that your guests pay for every drink they order. While it may seem practical for the bride and groom, it is similar to having someone over for coffee and charging them for the sugar and cream.

Wedding Bar Shopping List

Our talented staff at Lincoln Road created a list of everything you need when stocking your wedding bar for a guest list of 100 attendees. Feel free to adjust quantities higher or lower based on your guest list size.

  Alcohol/Beer/Wine   Mixers
  Beer: Five to six cases   Tonic: One case
  Whiskey: One liter   Club soda: One case
  Bourbon: One liter   Cranberry juice: Two gallons
  Gin: Two to three liters   Orange juice: One gallon
  Scotch: Two liters   Grapefruit juice: One gallon
  Rum: Two liters   Ginger ale: One case
  Vodka: Six liters   Triple sec: One liter
  Tequila: One liter   Lime juice: One gallon
  Red wine: Two cases   Sparkling water: Two cases
  White wine: Three and a half cases   Bottled water: Three cases
  Dry vermouth: One liter   Diet Coke: Two cases
  Sweet vermouth: One liter   Coke: Two cases
  Champagne: One to one and a half cases (Include 18 additional bottles for a champagne toast)   Sprite: One case


When you are ready to stock your wedding bar, visit Lincoln Road Package Store. Our friendly staff is prepared to work with you to help you plan your wedding bar. If you have questions, please call (601) 268-3677 or email jamiefarris@gmail.com.


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