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  • Posted: 14 Feb 2017 16:01

    Alcohol - volume purchases

    Hello everyone

    Hope you've all had a great Valentines Day :)

    Quick question - when volume buying alcohol, is it as cheap these days to get from the supermarket or is Europe still the best option?  We're looking at 90-ish bottles of Prosecco, 20-ish boxes of wine, and every penny counts!

    Would be interested in hearing peoples thoughts, especially those contemplating their own alcohol offerings.



  • Posted: 14 Feb 2017 16:11

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    I was totally drawn to this post for some reason :p


    I think there is a facebook page called Prosecco watch or something similar.  I had an email from Waitrose the other day about 25% off but there may be a limit on how much you can buy.



  • Posted: 14 Feb 2017 16:44

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    I don't have any experience with the France booze cruise approach, but I got my dad to take me to costco with his membership and their prosecco (which won my family's extensive taste testing!) worked out at £7.18 ish a bottle. The prosecco watch page is also good but I was wary of buying from supermarkets because they might not have the quantities you need in stock. Some seem to do bulk buy arrangements but they seemed a bit complicated, but maybe i'm just lazy. 

  • Posted: 14 Feb 2017 20:14

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    Proecco watch is good. We got a deal from ASDA and because we didn't want to risk there not being enough bottles on the shelf, I did click and collect. I had to do more than one order as there was a restriction but was able to book the same slot and they had no problem with that. Was a little embarassing when they asked if I was collecting groceries and I had to explain it was all prosecco.

  • Posted: 14 Feb 2017 20:42

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    Some wine specialist retailers will offer discounted bottles if you buy in bulk, also if you know someone who works at a bar they might be able to help. 

  • Posted: 15 Feb 2017 11:20

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    We have bought all of our own wine for dinner, and prosecco for toasts & welcome drinks, & we weighed up going to France but in the end bought it all before Christmas when Sainsburys had an offer on.

    We bought 48 bottles of wine & 36 bottles of prosecco for £360, so worked out at £4.29 per bottle across the board - I ordered it on click & collect & did get some funny comments from the guys when I picked up, but I think the offer was 25% off all wine plus the bottles we bought were discounted too, so we've got some good quality wine for a great price.  It's all sat in our garage & so far we've resisted temptations to drink any of it!  Smile  We just need to get some beer now for welcome drinks & some soft drinks.

    I wonder if the supermarkets might do similar offers again before Easter, depending on when your wedding is?

    For us convenience played a major part in our decision because we don't get that much time together at weekends so it was easier than taking a whole day out to go over to France.  We did also consider Costco & Majestic Wines too.

  • Posted: 15 Feb 2017 13:21

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    Thanks all for your replies, as always a good mixed bag of views!

    I have been looking at Majestic Wines Calais, they now ship within France on UPS so I'm hoping they'll accept my company's UPS account and ship to the UK.

    Spoke to a buyer in Morrisons - they won't do a sale or return on alcohol as they turn their stock fairly quickly and I was advised that would be the same in most supermarkets.  Whilst I don't want to have too little alcohol and run out, neither do I want lots and lots of left overs either!  I would have to buy from a specialist drinks retails I think in order to do that.

    It may be that I wait for something like the Sainsbury's 25% offer and see if I can stack it with their new customer deals they sometimes do, especially if Majestic won't play ball.

    Has anyone used the various "drinks calculator" to work out quantities required and how did it work out for you?

    Thanks again!


  • Posted: 15 Feb 2017 13:53

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    I worked our quantities out using a basic rule of thumb that my caterer told me - half a bottle per guest for dinner (so for tables of 10 there'll be 2 reds, 2 whites & 1 rose - as ours is a midsummer wedding), & then for toasts one bottle of prosecco should serve 5 guests, & two glasses of prosecco per person for welcome drinks (I based this calculation on slightly less than our daytime number as we'll also be providing bottles of beer for those who don't like prosecco for this part of the day).

    I'm really hoping it'll be enough, but we have a paid bar for the evening so if the worst happens people will be able to buy their own drinks.  I've reached the stage of planning now though where I'm overthinking everything & was actually driving to work this morning wondering if we'd got enough!

  • Posted: 15 Feb 2017 15:24

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    Mr_P check out a company called Premier Estates Wine - we found them at last years National Wedding Show as they lured us to their stand with a free glass of bubbles lol. We ended up ordering a box of 6 bottles there and then as it worked out to be about £6 per bottle and it was yummy. We had ours at Christmas (!!) and it went down really well with all our guests! Would definitely recommend :-) 


  • Posted: 15 Feb 2017 15:57

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    Hi Chapples!  Your wedding sounds a little like ours!  We're having Prosecco straight after the ceremony and will then continue to provide top ups during the afternoon - possibly coming round the guests  5 times during the 4 hour period prior to the wedding breakfast.  For the breakfast, we're not having wine on the table but will have staff going around and topping up.  Hopefully this will lead to less waste and less bottles needed!

    We're also providing beers / lagers for the non-fizzy drinkers, as well as two 12ltr kilner jars - one with PIMMS (or similar) and one with a sparkling soft drink.  We're also having a paid for bar throughout the course of the day / night which will have cask beers, lagers and the usual shorts selection.

    How many are you providing for?  We've sent 200 invites with a view to 120-150 acceptances....

  • Posted: 16 Feb 2017 9:28

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    We've got 70-80 in the day, about 5 of those are under the age of drinking legally!  Smile

    Then we've invited around another 70 to the evening but I'm expecting we'll end up with around 120 - that's what we've estimated anyway in terms of catering costs!  It's so hard to figure it all out isn't it, like you say you don't want to end up with masses left over, but at the same time I'd hate our wedding to be the one that people remember for being tight on the alcohol front!  Big Smile

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