Although the wedding day has come and gone, the wedding posts don’t stop! Brian and I just celebrated our 4-month anniversary—officially surpassing some extremely short celebrity marriages—and we still haven’t finished all the left over liquor, wine, and beer from the wedding.
What we planned: We used a combination of websites including TheKnot, A Practical Wedding, and Party Source as well as tips from previous brides and grooms to calculate how much we needed. We unfortunately did not have assistance from our caterer with this although many couples we spoke to did. When we started sending out invitations for the wedding, our guest list was pushing 160 so we felt safer planning our liquor for 150 people since some estimates seemed extremely low (Party Source’s liquor would have been waaaaay off for us). We did remember to factor in children, elderly, and those who did not drink. We kept our timeline to the 5 hour time span at the venue for planning (if you’re hosting an after party at the hotel, you may want to include that extra time).
In reality: We probably should’ve taken the hint when the liquor store asked us how often we made trips to buy liquor and wine! When the final tally on guests came in, we landed at our magical number of 125 which worked wonderfully with our catering budget. On the day of, we lost a few more people to illness and were down to about 120. Our wedding started a bit early (apologies to the venue as most of the guests headed straight there!) and since it was also the St. Patrick’s Day celebration in Pittsburgh, we continued to party after in the hotel. We also highly encouraged people to drink our three specialty candy drinks (homemade and super easy!) and Apple Pi shots at 9:26:53pm (get it? 3.141592653)
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Wedding Photography // Elizabeth Anne Studios