Post # 1
Fiance and I have agreed to have beer, wine and a signature drink (or two) at our reception. Now I’m beginning to think we should only have it “open” during the cocktail hour and dinner and then have it be cash after that (open for the wedding party the entire time). Here’s why. FI’s dad’s family are pretty much all alcoholics (seriously…his uncle drank cooking sherry at a restaurant b/c it was “free booze”). On top of that, I’ve recently found out that my own dad drinks pretty much ALL day long (when he’s not working…seriously…9am he’s drinking).
Fiance says not to worry about it, but I can’t help it. We can’t afford to let these people drink like that all night long. We will run out way early! Heck, we’ll probably run out before dinner is over anyway! I shouldn’t be stressing out over this right now, but I can’t help it. I don’t want to worry about running out of alcohol at our reception because people don’t know how to have just a few drinks. Any ideas on what to do???
Post # 3
I think what you are proposing is a good alternative. It doesn’t come out and say that you will not serve certain people alcohol because they may abuse it, but it will still be available and be within your budget/the amount you will have to serve.
We will be doing an open bar during cocktails and probably serve wine with dinner. Then we will be going to a $2 bar – so we will pay for close to 2/3 of each drink, but it will help people be a little more responsible with their drinking so alcohol is not wasted. This is very common where I live, so no one will be “offended” by the fact we don’t have an open bar all night. It is just way too expensive!
Post # 4
Sounds like a good alternative to me, just don’t advertise the fact that the bridal party gets free booze all night.
Post # 5
If someone wants to get drunk that badly (and even has an addiction), paying for it themselves will not stop them. Since a large number of relatives are alcoholics, it might be best to skip the alcohol altoghether to prevent disaster.