How Many Bottles Go On a Wine Table At a Wedding?

Buy wine based on the wedding guest list and other factors

By Danielle Odom

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Wine, the traditional beverage of celebration in many cultures, and weddings go hand in hand. Choose the right wines for your meal, and make sure the guests have enough without leaving you with lots of leftover bottles.

Head count

An accurate head count is essential to ordering the right amount of wine. Estimate half a bottle per adult for a sit-down dinner. If your wine is for toasting only, divide the number of adult guests by five. There are at least five servings per bottle of wine.

Other alcoholic beverage options

Decide which alcoholic beverages you'll serve in addition to wine. The more options you have, such as beer or hard liquor, the less wine you will need.

Red, white or blush

When you have more than one wine available to guests, you'll have more half-finished bottles leftover. To limit the waste, limit choices to one or two types.


Depending on the type of food you are serving, you can limit the kind of wine you serve. The basic rule of thumb is red wine with red meat and white wine with fish and poultry.

Don't forget the non-drinkers

In addition to wine and other alcoholic beverages, have juice, sparkling water and cider, soda and iced tea availble for guests who are designated drivers or choose not to drink. Guests appreciate hot, fresh coffee after a large meal.

About the Author

Danielle is a freelancer writer and contributor to DexKnows.

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