Candy Buffet Price List: How Much?

Today, we’re going to be looking at a candy buffet price list and how much you can expect to be paying for a candy buffet on your wedding day. In recent years, candy buffets have become increasingly popular – especially at weddings. It’s the perfect addition to a wedding day. Not only does it look gorgeous aesthetically, but it’s always a hit with guests of all ages!

Points To Consider

Whether you’re creating the buffet yourself or hiring a professional, you’ll want to know a rough estimate on price, and how much candy you may need to buy. Alongside the candy, you also will need to be thinking about glassware, tables, linen, and any other décor you might need. So how much is the average candy buffet? Let’s take a look.

It’s important to note that although it may appear cheaper to do everything yourselves, you must consider a few factors. When hiring a professional, you’re not just getting the candy, you’re also paying for their equipment, time, and expertise. All of which you’ll need to pay for yourself if you decide to do it independently.

Depending on how large you want your candy buffet, will also impact how much candy you will need. The general rule of how much candy you’ll need per person is around 1/4-1/2lb per person. Remember, it’s always best to purchase more than you need – you can enjoy the candy after your wedding then too!

How Much?

The average price of a candy bar can range anywhere from $50-$200, but can obviously be a lot more depending on how many guests you’re having at your wedding. A few factors to consider when searching for a supplier are:

  • how many guests will be attending
  • what candy do you want (specialty, standard, etc.)
  • variety of candy

How to Calculate the Amount of Candy?

Here’s an estimate to follow, depending on the amount of guests you’re having:

  • 50 Guests – Five Candy Varieties (16-17 containers of sweets)
  • 100 Guests – Six Candy Varieties (17-18 containers of sweets)
  • 150 Guests – Seven Candy Varieties (18-19 containers of sweets)
  • 200 Guests – Eight Candy Varieties (20-22 containers of sweets)
  • 250 Guests – Eight Candy Varieties (22-24 containers of sweets)
  • 300 Guests – Nine Candy Varieties (24-25 containers of sweets)
  • 350 Guests – Nine Candy Varieties (27-28 containers of sweets)
  • 400 Guests – Ten Candy Varieties (30-32 containers of sweets)

Popular Candy Choices

The most popular options include:

  • Lollipops
  • Taffy
  • Jelly Beans
  • Caramels
  • Sour Candies
  • Molded Chocolates
  • Hard Fruit Candies
  • Chocolate Covered Pretzels
  • Rock Candy
  • Peppermint Sticks
  • Gumballs
  • Buttercream Mints
  • Licorice Sticks
  • Chocolate Covered Nuts

Some guests choose candy to match their color scheme, so it ties in with the wedding perfectly. Or you may want every color of the rainbow in your candy buffet – the choice is up to you!

What Does A Candy Buffet Usually Include?

If you’re wondering whether to plan the candy buffet yourself or questions you’ll need to ask the supplier if you’re renting, check that it has the following equipment (alongside the candy, of course!). Some popular items that usually come with your candy buffet package are:

  • Unique Jars
  • Décor of Your Choosing to Match Your Wedding Aesthetic
  • Linens for the Table
  • Take Out Candy Bags and Ties
  • Candy Scoops
  • Candy Tongs

It’s also worth checking whether the price of the candy buffet includes delivery and set up charges, and how much needs to be paid upfront. Good suppliers will offer you a contract with all the necessary details. Candy buffet contracts usually look something like this.

Should I Make My Own Candy Buffet?

If you’re on a strict budget and looking for ways to save money – it may be worth making your own. It will be time-consuming and will require more effort than hiring. But you can re-use everything you buy after the wedding, and it’s a great idea if your budget isn’t huge.

Bulk buying the sweets themselves can work out much cheaper than buying from a candy buffet supplier. And it’s easy to find stockists of glass jars (in different shapes and sizes), and accessories like take-out bags, etc. It’s certainly worth shopping around!


I hope this article has helped you to identify a rough candy buffet price list estimate, how much you’ll be looking to pay per guest – and even the best candy to include! Whether you’re hiring a professional or doing it yourself – a candy buffet is the perfect addition to any wedding.

Did you have a candy buffet at your wedding? I would love to hear about your experiences. Please feel free to let me know any responses in the comments below.


How Much is a Candy Buffet Per Person?

When guests are serving themselves, it's always best to overestimate how much candy you'll need - especially if there's a lot of children at your wedding! Guests will often indulge at a wedding, so doing as much preparation as possible, is key. Prices per person can vary massively depending on where you are in the world, and what candy you choose to have. In the US, the average price per guest sits at around $4-$7 per guest.

What is the Average Price for a Candy Bar?

The price of a candy bar at your wedding will depend on where you're having your wedding, and even how far in advance you make your booking. It's always best to give your supplier plenty of notice, as that's when discounts are usually made.

How Much Candy do I Need for 150 Guests?

As we've seen, the price will depend on a variety of factors but there is a general rule of thumb for how much candy you'll need and how many varieties of candies you'll need, with the number of guests attending your wedding in mind. If there are 150 guests attending your wedding, you'll need around seven varieties of candies and around 18-19 containers of sweets to ensure each guest gets their fill of sweets!

What Candy Do You Use For a Candy Buffet?

You can choose any candy you like for your candy buffet, but there's definitely a few options that are more popular than others. And it's always to best to keep any allergy or dietary restrictions your guests may have when choosing your candy.

Wedding Halls Decorations: Ideas To Transform Your Venue

Today, we’re going to be looking at how to transform your venue using wedding halls decorations. There are so many ways you can use decorations to make your wedding banquet hall look beautiful – no matter what the size, or the budget you have. Here are some tips and tricks to make your wedding venue a show-stopping one. Let’s take a closer look at how you can do it.

Choosing Your Wedding Venue

Choosing your dream wedding venue is one of the hardest decisions you’ll make, in terms of your wedding. You want it to reflect the style of yourselves as a couple, be the right size for the number of people you’re looking to invite, and most importantly – keep it within budget! It’s important to set a budget for everything before you look around, as it’s very easy to get lost in the magic and spend over budget quickly.

Wedding Decoration Ideas

A banquet for a wedding is becoming increasingly popular and is usually already striking before you add any of your own flairs. But how can you highlight and accentuate a banquet hall, and make it your own? We’ll be covering it all in this article.

Fairytale Chandeliers/Lights

Usually, the first thing people do when walking into a hall is lookup. So decorating your venue with chandeliers or fairy lights that flicker and give off a subtle, golden glow, will make it feel utterly magical. And completely unforgettable.

Blossom Trees

If you’re looking for a romantic, sweet vibe – blossom trees are the way forward. Usually, halls have high ceilings and lots of space to spare, so it’s important to fill that space up. What better way than with gorgeous blossom trees? They’ll not only take your guests’ breath away, but they’ll also make your venue smell beautiful too!

Draped Ceilings

It’s a known fact that drapes make everything look bigger! Not only do they look classy and elegant, but they’ll be making your venue look even grander than it already is. It’s a win-win!

Hanging Floral Arrangements

As we mentioned earlier, looking up is usually your go-to entering a hall, so what better way to wow your guests than having flower arrangements hanging above the dining tables. It will make your guests feel like they’re entering an enchanted forest…and will make for gorgeous photo opportunities.

Choose Light

While you may be set on a darker color scheme for your wedding, opting for light colors is definitely something we recommend. It makes everything look brighter, bigger, and feels much less restricting. Lighter colors often make things look bigger too – which is great if you’re getting married in a hall. It doesn’t have to be white, it can be any pastel or light color!

Tall Centerpieces

Most tables at a wedding will have a centerpiece. And if accentuating the height of your venue is what you’re looking for – tall centerpieces are a great way to do this. The bigger and grander, the better (in my opinion!).


This is such a basic idea – but it’s actually one of the best. Bunting is great for high venues and for showcasing how fabulous your venue is. The best part about bunting is that it’s usually very cost-effective, and can be reused afterward! Bunting can really make a color scheme pop.

Oversized Letters

This decoration can work almost anywhere, but it works particularly well in a hall. They come in a range of styles, colors, different bulbs, and different fonts – so you’ll definitely be able to find some that fit with the color scheme and vibe of your wedding. These are great for taking some memorable photos in front of.

Flower Walls

If you have a large hall, this may be quite expensive – but it will absolutely wow your guests! Feature flower walls look devastatingly beautiful, especially behind the top table. It highlights the happy couple, and will really make them feel the center of attention. It doesn’t have to be just flowers, it can be stems, greenery, vines – all of those will help to keep the cost down.

Paper Lanterns

I think you get it by now – hanging something from the ceiling is a great idea! If bunting or lights aren’t your things, another cheap alternative is paper lanterns. They look utterly dreamy and will give your wedding a real fairytale feel – anyone else loves Tanged?! (Tangled was actually the main theme of my own wedding!)

Interactive Desserts

These are becoming increasingly popular and are perfect if you’re getting married in a hall! You’ll likely have plenty of space, and it’s a lot of fun for the guests. So why not have a donut wall? You can usually rent a donut wall for a reasonable price and stock up on budget-friendly donuts the day before the wedding!

Needing More Inspiration?

If you’re still looking for more ideas, websites like Pinterest are a great way to ignite the inspiration flame. This Banquet Hall Pinterest board from Chandra Martin is beautiful, and you’ll see how beautiful some of our ideas look – as well as some new ones too!


I hope this article has given you lots of ideas for wedding halls decorations and helped you to see how easy it is to make your venue a show-stopping one. Whether your budget is strict and small, or unlimited and extravagant, it’s easy to make your venue look as beautiful as possible – especially if it’s already somewhere grand, like a hall.

However you decide to decorate, make sure the decorations reflect you and your partner – and go as crazy, or as tame as you feel comfortable with.

Did you have your wedding in a hall? What decorations did you opt for? Please feel free to leave any answers in the comments below, especially if you have any new ideas that we can add on. You may be helping out future brides and grooms with their own wedding decorating!

Rental Dishes For A Party

Today, we’re going to be looking at rental dishes for a party or wedding. This may not even be something you’ve thought of, but it can be very important! You may be asking, why would I need a dishware rental for my wedding? Well, depending on your venue, it may be something you need to provide. And renting is definitely the cheaper alternative. Let’s take a closer look.

Why Dinnerware Rentals?

If your venue requires you to use your own dinnerware, it can take up quite a large part of your wedding budget. There’s a range of reasons why it’s better to rent than buy your own.

  • Price – It may seem cheaper to buy plates yourself, especially as you can reuse them after, but most of the time it works out cheaper to rent them out.
  • Space – For example, if you have 100 guests, what would you possibly do with that many plates after the wedding? Where would you store them? Logistically, hiring them out would be much more convenient.
  • Time – On the day, transporting that many plates and then setting them up would take up a lot of time, especially if you’re doing it yourself. However, most rental companies will deliver your dinnerware on the day and help you set up.
  • Aesthetic – The bonus of renting is that you can choose your own designs. It doesn’t have to be a standard white plate, you can go wild and choose dishes to match the theme and vibe of your wedding.

Things to Consider

There’s a number of factors to bear in mind when choosing a rental company. Let’s go through some of the most important ones.

  • How many? – I’m not just talking about guests here! While it’s obviously most important to know how many guests are in attendance, you also need to bear in mind how many courses you’ll be having. It may sound obvious, but you will need a plate for every course, for every guest. For example, if you have 100 guests, and a 3-course meal – you’re going to need at least 300 plates (plus a few extra for potential breakages, etc.). Or to keep the cost down, you could hire someone to wash plates in between courses.
  • Food – If you’re having a 3 course sit-down meal, you’ll need far more dinnerware than if you’re having a buffet, for example. Also, having desserts like cupcakes would mean you may need less plates for that course. I can’t be the only one that doesn’t need a plate for a cupcake, right?
  • What are you Buying? – Is it just dishes you’re renting? Or will you need cutlery, glasses, charger plates too? All of those additional items will take an extra chunk out of your budget.
  • The Look – Do you want it to look formal, or something more casual? It may be worth deciding on how you want the look of your dinnerware to be before you start your search. This will make the search much easier.
  • Date – It’s important not to leave booking the rental until the last minute. Summer months are popular for weddings (June, July, August) and if you don’t book it early enough (6 months is recommended), there may not be many options available.

Where to Find Companies?

Google is your oyster when it comes to finding companies. Finding a company will all depend on the area you live in, as most companies deliver themselves. If you put in a simple “rental dishes (insert area here)”, you’ll likely receive a lot of hits!

USA Party Rental is what I’ve chosen for my example. It’s easy to navigate and choose what you’re looking for. You can sort by price and compare product prices and looks. There’s a range of colors and styles, and prices start from just $0.50. Naturally, the prices increase depending on how fancy you want your dinnerware to be.

Cost of Dishware Rental

Like with anything, without knowing how many guests and courses you’re having, it’s impossible for me to predict how much your tableware will cost to rent. However, working out the average cost can be made easier when using websites such as Weddings Cost Helper.

Weddings Cost Helper estimates that if you’re looking for something simple, it’s around $4 per head. If you’re looking for something a bit fancier, it’s around $5.50 per head. And if you’re looking for something extravagant, it’s around $7.50 ahead. Depending on how many guests you have, that’s quite a knock to your wedding budget!

Those figures are based on each guest needing cutlery, wine glasses, a bread plate, a salad plate, a dinner plate, a cup, saucer, and dessert plate. If you’re not needing all of the above or having fewer courses – of course, the price will be cheaper.

Something else to bear in mind is that companies may charge you extra for delivery or fuel, especially if you’re venue is a considerable distance away from their base. Always keep a bit extra aside in the budget to make allowances for this.

Remember, if your venue provides all-inclusive catering, renting doesn’t even need to cross your mind as it will all be sorted for you. Or you may want to opt for disposables – that really would keep the cost of the wedding down. Luckily for me, when I got married, I didn’t have any additional extras like this as everything was included!


I hope this article has helped to navigate rental dishes for a party or wedding. It may seem overwhelming, but as long as you’re organized and get things arranged early enough – your wedding will be as stress-free as possible. And you’ll hopefully have some gorgeous dinnerware to flaunt.

Did you rent dinnerware for your wedding? How did you find the process? Was it more or less expensive than you were anticipating? I would love to know your thoughts. Please feel free to leave your answers in the comments below.

Read more about Chair Bows For Wedding Receptions.

Renting A Restaurant For A Wedding

Today, we’re going to be taking a closer look at renting a restaurant for a wedding. But first, we must look at some important deciding factors when choosing a venue. For example, what’s the cost? How do you find one? We’ll be answering all of those questions today.

Having a Restaurant Wedding Reception

When you’re renting a restaurant for your wedding/wedding reception, there are a few things you may want to consider and decide on when choosing your venue.

You may choose a restaurant for your wedding reception because it has sentimental value for you and your partner. For example, it may be where you and your partner got engaged. Or, it may be because wedding receptions at restaurants can actually be the cheaper option, depending on where you choose. This is great if you’re working on a tight budget.

Tips on Deciding on a Venue

Here’s a few things to consider when you’re choosing your dream venue:

  • Budget – Before you even begin your search, have a budget in mind for how much you’re able to spend. The price will depend on how much space you’d like, how many guests you have, which day you have your wedding on, and if you’d like exclusive use of the venue. This can all be discussed with the manager/events organizer of the restaurant usually. Be firm with your budget once you’ve decided on an amount.
  • Décor – Restaurants are already set up in their own design. It may be tricky to make your wedding reception feel authentically yours if you aren’t able to put up decorations or add some wedding flourishes. Be sure to check if you can do this before you book; especially if it’s important to you.
  • Parking – At a wedding, most people will be driving to you. Be sure to check that there’s enough parking spaces available for your wedding party. This is especially important if you have lots of guests.
  • Food – You’ve likely chosen a restaurant because you and your partner are big foodies. If you’re choosing a restaurant you’ve not been to before, make sure you sample the food! This one should go without saying, but you don’t want to book a venue and then find the food isn’t to your liking.
  • Cake – A traditional wedding cake is important to some couples. However, some restaurants may not allow you to serve food at their establishment. An alternative to this is asking if the restaurant can provide a wedding cake for you.

Most of these tips are all about good communication with your chosen venue. As long as you feel comfortable with your point of contact at the venue – everything should run smoothly.

Cost of a Restaurant Wedding Reception

There’s no doubt about it, depending on which restaurant you choose – restaurant wedding receptions can be expensive! Whenever a wedding is mentioned, prices usually skyrocket. For example, if you ask a bakery for a wedding cake, as opposed to a birthday cake – they’ll often charge you more, even for the same style cake!

So if you’re researching how many restaurants are, be sure to tell them it’s a wedding – as they just might have an additional charges. It’s frustrating but necessary to tell them.

It’s impossible to give you a price of how much you’re reception would cost without knowing where you’re booking. Depending on which area you’d like the restaurant to be in, the size of your venue, and how many guests you have, are all deciding factors on how much it will end up costing.

Value Penguin have estimates for each type of wedding venue – restaurants included! They estimate that if you’re wanting something more modest, you’ll be looking at around $2,000. If you’re wanting something more extravagant, it can be around $22,000. The difference is astounding!

Restaurants to Have a Wedding Reception

But how do you find out which restaurants offer a wedding reception service without manually having to research every restaurant? Well, you don’t have to worry about that as there are plenty of search tools online to make the whole process easier for you.

Wedding Wire is a great search tool. All you need to do is enter your selected area and it will list all available options – it really is that simple. You can enter your chosen date, how many guests, the settings, and amenities. Ones that match your chosen requirements then show up with contact details.

What I love about this website is that it also has a section to support diversity when narrowing your selection down. This may be important if you’re a same-sex couple and would like your reception to be owned by members of the LGBTQ+ community.

This website isn’t just open for the US, it’s international too. So wherever you are in the world, this website is a fantastic tool.

If Wedding Wire isn’t for you, try not to worry – there’s a plethora of search tools. Google is your oyster!


I hope this article has helped you learn more about renting a restaurant for a wedding. It can feel overwhelming searching for a venue, especially if you don’t have a wedding planner. Maybe set aside half an hour every evening with your partner to look at venues. It’s important not to do too much in one sitting – it can feel tiresome and like a chore; we certainly don’t want that.

The most important part of your choice is cost, so before you start your searching – keep that price in mind. And remember to enjoy the planning. It’ll be the big day before you know it. Planning was one of my favorite parts of getting married – but I do love organizing things!

Did you have your wedding/wedding reception in a restaurant? Or do you have an upcoming wedding planned in one? What were the deciding factors when choosing your venue? I would love to know. Please feel free to leave your answers in the comments below.

Types Of Wedding Receptions

Today, we’re going to be looking at the different types of wedding receptions you may like to choose – whatever your budget may be. From the time of day, to which mealtime you’re eating it – there’s a lot to sort when planning your big day. I’m here to show you the types of receptions you could have, and make it easier for you! Let’s take a closer look.

Wedding Reception Formats

There are a range of formats available, ranging from formal to more casual. I went for something in the middle; a choice of 3 main meals you were served at a buffet, and then went to sit at your designated table. However, let’s look at some options you may like.

Sit-Down Meal

The most “traditional” is the sit-down meal. Whereby your food is brought out to you, almost like you’re at a restaurant. It brings an extra piece of luxury to your wedding and is a great way to treat your guests. It’s usually a 3-course meal, but it can be as many, or as few courses as you’d like.

If you’re the couple, it gives you plenty of time to chat to your guests in a calm environment and really make the most of your day, in between the hustle and bustle. Getting married really is tiring! The downside to the sit-down meal is that they’re always the most expensive option. A large portion of your budget would have to be put aside if you’re looking for a 3-course meal for every guest.


A cheaper alternative is the buffet. While the food isn’t brought out to you, you still get to spend most of the time sitting down! What I love about buffets is how many choices you have. It’s great if you have a lot of guests with dietary requirements or fussy eaters, as there will be something for everyone.

Another bonus is that there’s so many options to choose from now. Hog roast, BBQ, traditional meals – you can serve anything at a buffet. While it may not be as luxurious as a sit-down meal, the food is usually just as tasty. And the guests often just as happy.

Afternoon Tea

If you’re not looking to be traditional in any way at your wedding, afternoon tea is becoming increasingly popular with recent weddings. Finger sandwiches, scones, cakes, and desserts – your guests will certainly be happy. My mom opted for afternoon tea at her wedding and it went down a treat. You can add a glass of champagne/prosecco for every guest to add a bit of luxury for your guests.

If you’re on a tight budget, afternoon tea is a great substitute for a sit-down meal. However, due to how small most of the food is, you may have a few hungry guests later. But that’s nothing a few chips and dips won’t sort out once the party begins!

Hors D’oeuvres/Cocktails

If you like snacking on food with a glass of something alcoholic in one hand, this is the perfect option for you. If you like to talk and want your guests to mingle, this is a great suggestion. It’s also a good idea if you have a lot of guests – that way you can accommodate more people as you won’t need as many tables.

While the price of this one is inviting because of how little you’ll need to buy – again, you may end up with hungry guests in the evening. And not just hungry ones, drunk ones too. If you have an early wedding, this may not be the best option as people may be drunk from very early on in the day.


If you’re an early riser, or a nervous bridge/groom – a brunch may be a good idea. You can get married nice and early, then have a brunch with your loved ones. You can really make it fancy, with breakfast items like eggs benedict and mini pastries. Mimosas are the perfect brunch-time drink. You can have a break before the evening party and enjoy the first few hours of married life once you’ve finished eating. Some couples may enjoy this break.

However, if you don’t want to rush getting ready and leisurely enjoy your day, this may not be the right choice for you.

Wedding Reception Styles

There are a range of wedding reception styles you can choose from. And whether you want your reception formal, or something a bit more out there – there’s something for everyone. A few style ideas to consider are:

  • Romantic – soft lighting, elegant flowers, light colors
  • Alternative – bright lights, jam jars as centerpieces, copper/gold tones
  • Chic – lace tablecloths, flower drapes, bunting
  • Disney – do I need to explain this one? The theme of my wedding was Disney!
  • Vintage – as long as it looks old and well-loved, anything can be vintage
  • Modern – block colors, simplistic designs
  • Whimsical – bright, bold colors, multicolor flowers, balloons – the crazier the better
  • Rustic – pastel flowers, hessian, jars – anything boho chic

Whatever your style, there’s something for everyone. This article from Brides has a great selection of styles to get you started on your dream wedding.


I hope this article has helped you see the types of wedding receptions you can have, and how many there are available. This list is by no means exhaustive either. The most important thing to decide before you start is your budget. If your budget is on the smaller side, some options may not be available to you.

You could even have a mix of receptions! You could have a sit-down meal in the daytime and a buffet in the evening. There’s no set rules at so what you should have at your wedding. The most important part is that you and your partner are happy…and enjoy the food, of course!

If you’ve had your wedding, what reception did you go for? If you’re waiting to get married, what are you hoping to have? Let me know in the comments below.

How Many Bottles Of Wine For A Wedding?

A question that comes up time and time again when planning your wedding is, “how many bottles of wine for a wedding?”. There’s a range of factors to take into account when making this decision. And in reality, it really is down to the couple how much they provide on the day.

Me and my husband rarely drink, and both our families know that, so our wedding tables had one bottle of red and bottle of white between 6-8 people. You may not even want to provide alcohol on your big day. Although it’s seen as traditional, it’s your wedding and you can choose what you spend your budget on.

Let’s take a closer look at how to work out how much you’ll need.

How Much Wine to Buy for a Wedding

There are a number of factors to decide on first.

  • How many glass(es) would you like each guest to have? – Just one, half a bottle, a bottle each? The choice is entirely yours.
  • Would like red, white, or rose wine? – Guests often prefer a mix. Everyone will always have their favorites. If you’re struggling to decide, add an option of what each guest would prefer on your RSVP slip; that way little will go to waste!
  • Would you like it put out in the center of the table for guests to serve themselves? – Some people prefer to keep it behind the bar and be brought out throughout the night, or others prefer it in the center of each table for guests to help themselves.
  • How many guests are you having? – This is definitely the most important question. Until you know the answer to this, it’s almost impossible to predict how much wine you might need.
  • Will you pay for all of the guests drinks throughout the night? – You may want to just pay for the first drink or two, or provide wine for the entire reception. There is no expectation and you shouldn’t feel any pressure to do this. Just provide what your budget allows.
  • Will there be other alcohol besides wine available? – If you’re providing other alcohol besides wine, that’s important to factor in. If you’re purchasing two drinks for each guest and buy it all in wine and beer – you may end up with a lot of leftover alcohol!
  • What is Your Budget? – Almost as important as how many guests is your budget. If your budget only allows one glass per guest, that is absolutely fine and you shouldn’t feel as though you have to provide more.

How Much Wine for a Party of 100?

As we’ve seen, it really all comes down to the individuals, but we’ll take a look at the “average” wedding of 100 guests and the wine you’ll need.

So we’ll say you have 100 guests who all drink wine. The average amount of wine given is around half a bottle per guest (0.5 of a bottle). You can change this depending on how much, or how little your wedding guests are likely to drink. Take it down to 1/3 (0.33 of a bottle), or up to 2/3 (0.66 of a bottle) accordingly.

We’ll do the first calculation based on each guest having half a bottle. All you do is:

100 (guests) x 0.5 (half a bottle of wine each) = 50 (bottles of wine total)

If you’re wanting to give your guests 1/3 of a bottle each (which is the ratio I gave at my wedding), it would be worked out like this:

100 (guests) x 0.33 (1/3 of a bottle of wine each) = 33 (bottles of wine total)

It really is as easy as that! You may want to add on a bottle or two extra. If there’s one thing I’ve learned from my own wedding and weddings I’ve attended – there will be spillages. And it’s always best to be prepared for the inevitable. That way your guests will still get their quota, even if there a few spillages. Hey, there’s usually lots of drunk, happy people having a good time – it’s to be expected.

Wedding Wine Calculator

If you’d prefer for a calculator to work it all out for you and the “recommended” amount of wine depending on how long your reception is, you may want to try a wedding wine calculator. There’s a ton available online that will all provide a slightly different outcome – no two seem to be the same!

I’ve chosen the Majestic Wine Calculator to share with you as it’s quick, easy to navigate, and has recommended amounts of drinks per guest, per hour.

They suggest that for a 2-hour event, you should be providing 3 drinks. If this was the case, for 100 guests having 3 drinks, you’d need 30 bottles of white wine and 30 bottles of red wine (60 total). It’s a great calculator that I’d highly recommend using, even if you don’t follow the “recommended” amounts.

It also has lager, champagne, sparkling wine, and bitter options too – so you can really input all of your information in and get answers as quickly as possible.


I hope this article has helped to answer the question of how many bottles of wine for a wedding? It really can be a minefield, and just remember there shouldn’t be a set expectation from your guests as to how much wine they should have – they’re just there to share your special day with you both.

Whether you’re a big drinker, an irregular drinker, or don’t drink at all – plan your wedding drinks around what suits you and your partner best. Weddings can become so overwhelming, so don’t let something like arranging wine become stressful for you. It’s super easy to work out!

How much wine did you have at your wedding? Or how much wine do you plan to have at your upcoming wedding? Do you think there should be an expected amount? I think this is a really interesting topic and I’d love to know your thoughts. Please feel free to leave them in the comments below.

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Buying Liquor In Bulk For A Wedding

Buying liquor in bulk for a wedding can be a wonderful option for both small and large weddings. It can be a great alternative to hiring a bar service. In addition, it allows you to get the exact alcoholic drinks that you like.

Many people are now choosing to buy their own alcohol for their wedding. There are many benefits to buying it in bulk and it can take some of the stress off your big day. It is a great option if you are looking to stick to a budget.

Benefits of Buying Alcohol for a Wedding

There are many benefits to buying alcohol in bulk for your wedding. You are able to choose exactly how much and what drinks to get. In addition, you may get a discount and you will be able to save any leftover drinks you have.

Some people will opt to buy only beer and wine. Others will choose to have mixed drinks in addition to beer and wine.

If you are choosing to also serve mixed drinks, don’t forget you will also have to buy the mixers and garnishes as well. Someone will also have to be mixing the drinks.  You can hire independent bartenders to work at your wedding.

Before buying, it is important to know your crowd and how much you are willing to spend on alcohol. Factors such as how much people like to drink and how long your reception will last.

Depending on your preference, you might not want to have large amounts of alcohol where people can get drunk. On the other hand, you may want to offer large amounts so people can party as much as you like.

If you are limited on an alcohol budget or don’t want people drinking too much, you can plan to buy two drinks for every person over 21. Some people even use drinking tokens to ensure people drink no more than two drinks.

If your guests are heavy drinks and you want to party for your reception, plan to buy two drinks per person over 21 per hour. Though it is likely not everyone will drink that much, it will give you plenty of alcohol to go around.

Buying in Bulk Generally Saves Money

Oftentimes, you can save money by buying in bulk. Many liquor stores will offer some sort of discount if you are buying a large amount of alcohol at once. If you hire an independent bartender for your wedding, they may even be able to get a discount.

Instead of buying alcohol over the span of a few months, it is better to buy it all at once. This will give you a better chance at saving money. You can buy beer in bulk for a wedding, along with bulk wine for a wedding and liquor.

Buying in Bulk Allows You to Choose What You Want and How Much You Want

Buying in bulk allows you to choose exactly what you want and how much you want. If you want to keep it simple, you can stick to just wine and beer.

In this case, it is best to get a couple of different types of beer, such as an IPA and lager. It is also best to get a white wine and a red wine.

If you are wanting liquor too, you can go for the classics such as vodka, rum, and bourbon. This will allow you to make several types of mixed drinks.

You Can Keep Any Leftovers

Unlike hiring a bar service, if you buy your own alcohol, you can keep any leftover. In some cases, if the alcohol is unopened you may even be able to return it.

Where to Buy Alcohol For a Wedding

There are plenty of places you can go shopping to get alcohol for your wedding. Many stores are happy to offer advice on what drinks to get and recommend how much to buy.

Total Wine

Total Wine is a nationwide store that offers a large variety of wine, beer, and liquor.  They offer over  8,000 wines, 3,000 spirits and 2,500 beers. Through their wedding shop, they can expertly guide you to find what is just right for your special day.

Sam’s Club or Costco

Sam’s Club and Costco are great stores for buying in bulk. Though they require memberships, they offer great discounts and a large variety of products, including alcohol.

Local Liquor Stores

In many cases, your local liquor store will be happy to help you with your wedding. Reach out to them to see what sort of drinks they can provide you with for your big day. They may even have specials available.


BevMo is a large online retailer that offers a wide variety of alcoholic drinks. They can help you find the right alcohol for your needs and get you great deals on drinks. They have stores located all across the country.

Checking With Your Wedding Venue

Before you go shopping for alcohol, be sure to check your wedding venue’s rules on alcohol. Not every venue will allow alcohol if it is not provided by a person with a liquor license. So, in some cases, your only option is to hire a bar service.

In addition, alcohol laws vary by state. After getting approval from your venue, be sure to read all the laws in your state regarding alcohol. For example, some states, like California, can not accept returns on alcohol.

Be certain to check your state’s Dram laws. Dram laws vary by state on who will be held accountable for an accident when alcohol has been provided.

Buying Your Own Alcohol

Buying your own alcohol can be a great option for your wedding. It gives you complete control over the drinks you are serving and how much people will get. In addition, you can even get discounts for buying in bulk.

Do you have any questions about buying liquor in bulk for a wedding? If so, don’t hesitate to ask them in the comments down below, along with any questions regarding alcoholic drinks for weddings.

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