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How to decide how many bottles of wine are needed for a wedding

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Among the myriad list of decisions to make while wedding planning, one major question is how many bottles of wine to provide at the reception. While the majority of wedding parties feature at least some wine, just how much to serve depends on several

Among the myriad list of decisions to make while wedding planning, one major question is how many bottles of wine to provide at the reception. While the majority of wedding parties feature at least some wine, just how much to serve depends on several factors, including the number of guests present plus their drinking habits.

Skill level:Moderately Easy

Things you need

Wedding guest listCalculatorPencil and paper

Instructions

1 Start by jotting down how many guests are expected at the wedding reception. Next, write down how many guests are light drinkers, how many are moderate drinkers, and the number of heavy drinkers. If unsure, it's best to assume that the guest is a moderate drinker.

2 Estimate how many glasses of wine each wedding guest will drink in an hour. For light drinkers, this may be half a glass to one full glass an hour, while the moderate drinkers may take in up to two glasses of wine per hour and up to three glasses per hour for heavy drinkers.

3 Next, factor in how many hours the wedding reception is scheduled to last. Then, use a calculator to multiply this number by the number of drinks you estimated each wedding guest would drink per hour. This will give you the number of glasses of wine to provide at the wedding reception. Write this number down.

4 Check to see which type of wine glasses you'll be providing at the wedding reception. If using 118ml wine glasses, a typical 750ml. wine bottle should yield about six servings of wine, while five servings would be available from the same bottle when using 142gr glasses.

5 Calculate how many wine bottles you'll need by taking the number of drinks you wrote down during Step 3 and dividing that number either by 6 or 5, depending on which type of wine glasses will be used. This final figure should represent the approximate number of wine bottles you'll need to have on hand at the wedding reception.

Tips and warnings

Consider how many of your wedding guests may prefer drinks other than wine, including champagne, hard alcohol, beer or non-alcoholic beverages. You may want to factor this in, supplementing a few wine bottles with other drinks while tallying your wedding wine bottle count.

Don't rely solely on wedding guests' own personal estimation of their drinking habits to decide how many bottles of wine to buy for the party. Some people will likely play down the number of drinks they tend to imbibe, while others may underestimate how much they'll drink at a wedding reception. It's usually best to have a few extra bottles on hand rather than too few.

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