If you are planning to set up your own open bar for your wedding, there are some basics that you'll need--it's more than just glasses and beer.
How Much Is Enough?
Below is a rough estimate of the things you'll need for a 100-person wedding.
Remember to adjust this list if you have to. If you know that the guys are all beer drinkers and that the ladies won't touch the hard stuff, adjust the calculations accordingly: wine coolers might have to be part of your shopping list. The same goes for if your guests have a refined palate and only like the best top-shelf scotches, fine cognac, and exquisite wine.
* '''Champagne''': One and a half cases (or nine bottles minimum), but if your guests like their bubbly, you should get between 12 and 24 bottles. To cut costs, opt for Prosecco, Cava, or sparkling wine in lieu of champagne.
* '''Red wine''': Twelve to 48 bottles or one to four cases of red wine.
* '''White wine''': 48 to 72 bottles or four to six cases of white wine.
* '''Beer''': Two cases minimum, but you may want to have up to four or five cases if your pals love brewskies. Be sure though to vary the selection according to people's tastes. Offer domestics, lites, and imports. Remember that while Budweiser might fly with some, beer lovers who have traveled the world and tasted new and exciting suds might appreciate a classy Belgian ale. Also keep in mind the time of the year: summer months deserve a light hoppy IPA or a zippy wheat beer, while a nuttier, richer stout could do wonders in a winter wonderland wedding.
* '''Vodka''': Six liters.
* '''Gin''': Two liters.
* '''Rum''': Two liters.
* '''Tequila''': One liter.
* '''Whiskey''': One to two liters.
* '''Scotch''': Two liters.
* '''Bourbon''': One to two liters.
* '''Dry vermouth''': Two bottles.
* '''Sweet vermouth''': Two bottles.
Keep in mind that this is but an introduction to stocking the bar. You may also want to pick up a bartending book or guide to bartending for a more comprehensive how-to on throwing your guests a great party.
Also important to remember is that while you want to throw the best celebration you can, this doesn't mean you necessarily need a full open bar. Many weddings are plenty fun with a selection of good wines and beers and nothing harder. Eighteen-year-old scotch is not a requirement; the important thing is to offer a variety. No one will fault you for it!
To Your Happiness
A few accessories you'll need at the table:
In order to prepare drinks, you'll also need a bar stocked with a variety of supplies.