wedding drinks: how to calculate the correct amount
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Organizing a wedding is an activity that requires making many decisions and care for details. After all, every choice, no matter how small, can make a big impact on the budget and the final result of the event.
One of the greater impact of decisions is the selection of drinks to serve at the reception. "The first thing is to define what is the profile of the guests and the menu will be served. For example, in some evangelical marriages alcoholic beverages are prohibited, "said Cris Paloni, owner of Dynamic Productions.
Another point that may influence the drinks to be served is the party type itself - time, location and even the season. "The type of drink is directly related to the time of the event and the party profile that are intending to: for example, a more full-bodied red wine, hardly do well at a wedding on the beach, in the afternoon," explains Vinícius Favale , the Multiple Events.
In addition to the challenge of choosing the right types to please the guests and match with the choice of menu and with the party profile, still takes care to set the amount. Although many vendors help in the calculation, get a sense of how much you really need is critical to grips not go after - or in your pocket, not the party.
Throughout this text, you will find tips on how to organize the supply of the beverage of your wedding. Check it!
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- 1 How to calculate the optimal amount of drinks?
- 2 Consignment worth it?
- 3 How to choose the drinks
- 4 15 sparkling options to replace the champagne
How to calculate the optimal amount of drinks?
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And if missing drink? This is probably the concern of many brides and grooms. After all, nobody wants to have to deal with the end of the drinks in the middle of the celebration. However, there is still a chance to buy more drinks than necessary and end up with a considerable damage and a lot of untouched bottles.
When making the calculation, it is essential to have on hand the number of guests expected at the event. However, that the amount is correct, one must also take into account the duration of the festival and the variety of types of beverages that will be served.
Another point that can weigh in the final decision is to think in the profile of your guests, if they drink too much, which most of the age range (it is common for young people to consume more drinks) if they consume alcohol or not. If a type of drink is very successful among his friends and family, it might be a good idea to extrapolate the calculated amount; or if a large portion of the guests do not consume alcohol, you can purchase less than the calculated, for example.
Check out how to calculate the amount of different types of drinks, considering the number of guests and considering an average consumption:
- Champagne or sparkling: 1 bottle 3 for each guest;
- Red wine: 1 bottle for every 10 guests;
- Beer: 1.5 cans for each guest;
- Vodka and whiskey: 1 bottle for every 10 guests;
- Soda: 1 bottle for each guest;
- Water: 1.5 bottles for each guest;
- energy: 1 can for every 3 guests.
Consignment worth it?
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A good option for those who do not want to take risks with amount is to hire a consignor service. "It's a way to save, and not miss. And when I say do not make mistakes, not making mistakes or for more or for less, avoiding waste or run for lack "indicates Vinícius Favale, which recommends the assignment especially for wines and sparkling wines.
Read also: 15 tips to liven up the dance floor at your wedding
In the deposit system, the contractor provides a number of beverages and offers the opportunity to return those that are unused. The way this will be agreed depends on the company's contract, so be sure to check what are the minimum consumption of rules and the scope of how much can be returned.
Thus, the bride and groom can afford only what is really consumed and are not caught by surprise if the guests consume more or less than anticipated. "In this format it is possible to take more drink than suggested ideal to avoid missing in case of higher consumption than the average," said Vinicius.
How to choose the drinks
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As in the calculation of the amount, the selection of the types of drinks to be served need to be based on the profile of your guests. Another important point is the dishes chosen for the menu. So, in addition to asking yourself what the guests like to drink, it is essential to reconcile these tastes with what suits the food choices.
For added security, a good alternative is to bet on a good mix of different types. "The truth is that variety is what has been most sought today. A drink does not eliminate the other, the diversity is what will best suit an event that welcomes people of different styles and tastes, "said Vinicius.
Check out tips for choosing the best types of drinks for your party:
Water is a basic drink, since all the guests can consume - both during dinner as on the dance floor. If the wedding is on the beach, outdoors or in very hot days, it is worth investing in a larger amount of water, since the need of hydration will be higher.
2. Soft drinks
The main thing to think about when choosing soft drinks for your party is the profile of the guests. In evangelical marriages that do not serve alcohol, for example, the consumption of soft drinks will be much higher. If the party has many children, this can also be a high consumption.
When buying, always opt for bottles. "Generally as the amount of people is large cans are financially unviable. The bottle tends to be the best option, "advises Cris Paloni.
The juices are great choices of soft drinks to the party and the principle for calculating the amount may be the same refrigerant. If you want convenience in the event, it is best to establish the flavors and buy the juice ready to party. When ready to serve, you can choose to either jars and by dosed cups.
Generally, the higher consumption of energy is done by those who consume whiskey or vodka. In this case, it is better to invest in cans than bottles, to serve them with the doses of alcoholic beverages.
Thus, as in the case of soft drinks, it is more economical to buy beer in bottles than cans. "Today is booming serve beer long neck bottles, straight at the bar or with waiters serving the bottle in the cup," says Vinícius Favale.
In more informal parties, this is a drink that can be quite consumed, especially if served at will. If your reception is more formal and you do not want to open beer hand, a good tip is to choose brands that offer handmade drinks, that will give a sophisticated touch to the event.
The choice of wine is directly related to the dishes available on the menu. Red or white, dry or sweet: everything will depend on whether the choice of drink harmonizes with the choice of dish. The wines can be served in the bottle and usually only during dinner.
7. Sparkling Wine or Champagne
Sparkling, seen as a festive drink, they are already traditional at weddings and can be served throughout the event, by the glass or bottle. If you want a more special touch in the party, the moment of toast can be made with a champagne or sparkling other than provided in general.
8. Distilled beverages
Spirits, such as vodka and whiskey can be served in doses for the guests, with a choice of energy and ice apart. Here, you can decide whether consumption will be restricted to the bar or if the doses can be served at the tables throughout the event.
"The most common is to be served at the breakfast table with petit fours, half to the end of the event," points Cris. A coffee table with liquors is a differential in the event. How is an appeal to the party late, it is possible that the amount of still present guests is well reduced. So, you can invest in a few bottles - if you vary the type of liquor, one of each type should be enough to meet demand.
10. taps and cocktails
If the idea is to set up a bar aside, this is the place to offer guests taps, cocktails, caipirinhas and other alcoholic drinks. How are served only to those who ask, the amount should not be so high.
To have control of what you need and leave the event with your face, select the types of drinks to be served. A nice idea for those who want to do something different in this part and surprise guests is to name the drinks according to the couple's personality.
15 sparkling options to replace the champagne
The price of champagne is usually salty: with values of three digits per bottle, the drink can weigh in the budget for a medium or large event. So, opt for sparkling is a good solution to replace the champagne and save on finance.
For this, it is worth checking national brands, they can get more into account that imported drinks. "You can also take trips to buy drinks imported duty free and stay tuned for drinks promotions in markets and atacadões" recalls Cris Paloni.
Check in our gallery some sparkling and semi-sparkling options in virtual stores, to replace the champagne in your party:
Sparkling wine Muscat Newfoundland for $ 31.59 in the US
Sparkling Casa Valduga Brut Art by R $ 45.43 in the US
Sparkling Brut Pierlant for R $ 48.28 in the US
Miolo Brut sparkling wine for $ 50.06 in the US
Vallebelbo Moscato sparkling by R $ 60.00 in wine and Point
André sparkling California for US $ 34.00 in Wine
Toro Loco Cava Brut for $ 32.00 in Wine
Sparkling Brut La Chamiza for R $ 39.00 in Wine
Sparkling wine Aurora Moscatel by R $ 22.50 in Angeloni
Salton sparkling wine for $ 16.65 in Angeloni
sparkling wine Lambrusco White Cascina Santa Maria for R $ 16,90 in Angeloni
Chandon Brut sparkling wine for $ 69.90 in Submarine
Sparkling Brut Almaden by R $ 20.36 in Submarine
Sparkling Brut Imperial Grand for $ 54.90 in Submarine
Mumm Cuvée Brut Sparkling Reverve for R $ 57.90 in Submarine
Select drinks and hit the hammer on the amount is not easy, but think of these points may decrease slightly the concerns at this time. After all, the most important thing is to enjoy the party without being afflicted with drinks that end earlier than expected or dissatisfied guests. Note the tips and good party!