How do I buy alcohol for my wedding? This is a very common question! There are pretty much three basic types of wedding bars: beer and wine only, full bar, and the something in-between sort of modified bar. Aloha Bars is a full service cocktail catering company here on Maui! Once you know which type of alcohol you would like to offer at your wedding or party, then you can get into the details of where to purchase the alcohol on your own. We have listed some information on Costco alcohol vs premium alcohol in order to help you decide which brands to choose!
Buying alcohol from Costco can be a great option if you are trying to cut down on your budget. Alcohol can get expensive very quick. There are definitely some pros and cons to weigh in on before deciding where to get your liquor and wine from!
Costco’s wine markups are half that of most stores
Many boutique wine shops sell bottles for up to 50 percent more than what the wholesale price is! Wow! The markups for Costco hover around 14 percent. The cost of the same bottle of wine purchased at Costco versus another retailer could differ greatly.
Costco is the largest wine retailer in the U.S.
Wine makes up nearly half of the big box store’s yearly alcohol sales. Costco’s most recent number was $1.69 billion in 2016 sales. This placed Costco as the largest wine seller in the country.
You can stock an entire bar with Kirkland brand booze
Now, you can pretty much buy every spirit under Costco’s signature in-house label: American and French vodka, Scotch, whiskey, bourbon, rum, tequila, and gin. Don’t forget all of the craft beers and wine!
Big-name brands make some Kirkland spirits
- Beer is brewed by Gordon Biersch.
- Scotch are distilled by either Alexander Murray and Macallan Distillery.
- Bourbon and rum is produced by Jim Beam.
- Vodka is made from the same water source and by the same employees that Grey Goose uses.
- Tequila is produced in the same distillery as Cielo tequila.
Costco’s prices are tough to beat
Buying your own booze always helps control the bar budget for your wedding. The alcohol at costco tends to be 20 to 40 percent cheaper than store-brand spirits.
Now, there are many different reasons why it would be a great idea to purchase your own alcohol. Don’t worry, your caterers will still be able to make your drinks and serve them to your guests. But now you just saved more money by purchasing it on your own.
Sometimes saving the extra dollars can be nice, and especially necessary! Other times taste and brand preference is what you truly desire. Make sure to do your research and know the difference between Costco alcohol vs premium alcohol!
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