You don’t want to run out (though if you’re at a licensed venue there is always the bar as a backup) and being left with a few bottles isn’t always a bad thing, though we do offer to take back surplus sealed cases.
A good rule of thumb is to have two glasses of the welcome drink per person – count all adults, even if some won’t be drinking, as others will compensate! If you’re having the wedding photos taken whilst the welcome drinks are going on, you may want to increase this to three glasses as photos can take a while.
Then 2/3 of a bottle of still wine per person, and split this 60:40 red vs white or if you are having rosé as an option, 50% red, 25% each white and rosé.
And 1-2 glasses of champagne or sparkling for the toast, depending on how many toasts there are.
And count 6 glasses of wine per bottle.
Example – a wedding with 120 adult guests:
- Welcome Drink (at two glasses per head) = 40 bottles
- Table wine – 48 bottles red, 32 white, OR 40 red, 20 each white and rosé
- Toast (two glasses) – 40 bottles