Post # 1
We are having a very laid-back, almost backyard BBQ style reception. I want to serve alcohol, but not sure how! We won’t have a bartender or catering company or a wedding coordinator. I am doing a rustic theme and was thinking of using galvanized tubs as coolers and putting cans of pop, beer and wine coolers in them. Also throwing around the idea of drink dispensers for a mixed drink. Is this cheesy? I need help!
Post # 3
I’ve seen some photos of really cute beverage dispenser that you can use for mixed drinks!
Post # 4
- Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort
You need to check your local laws and talk to your venue to make sure it is legal for you to serve alcohol (esp. if there will be a single minor present) without a bartender.
I think the easiest thing to do will be the tubbs of cans/bottles. If you have dispensers, someone has to be repsonsible for cleaning the area up and refilling. It could get messy and one of your guests will be put to work, an idea I’m personally not keen on.
I’d add some alternatives to wine coolers too… things like Smirnoff Ice and Mikes Hard Lemonade.
Post # 5
- Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA
I think that sounds great! We’re doing something very similar, except we’ll get kegs instead of bottled beer.
Post # 6
I second @mrsSonthebeach. You need to check to see if that’s OK with wherever you are having your reception. The location must be protected in regards to liability from any alcohol-related incidents. We had to pay for security at our venue, and add a rider onto the policy at a cost of $100 for the night. Our caterers handled the bar (just beer/wine) so we didn’t have to hire a bartender.
As an FYI on the mixed-drink front: those dispensers are so cute, but they will sometimes leak. If you have sangria, the fruit will clog the spigot…these are experiences we’ve had at parties/weddings in the past. And someone has to refill them 🙂
Post # 7
Thanks for the advice! We do have to hire security if we have alcohol. Nothing stated about needing a bartender. It is actually my fiance’s Union Hall, so we don’t have a lot of the rules that most venues have.
I’m just worried about the dispensers. I don’t want the alcohol to all go to the bottom, and have to keep stirring it. They are super cute, I just don’t know how practical!
Thanks again ladies!
Post # 8
@JMS313: I think it sounds awesome! Kinda like what we are doing, we are having a country setting wedding and reception and we are going to have drinks on ice 🙂 No bartender no need for another un needed bill