Post # 1
Our venue allows us to bring in alcohol from any distributor we choose. Does anyone have experience with this? Did you find it to be cost saving? We’re there any positives or negatives to your experience?
Post # 3
We are doing this as well. EVERYONE we talked to said this is a HUGE money saver (the guy in charge of the hall, liquor stores, our caterer, friends, people at work).
You can pick anything you want and whatever quantity you want.
If a bottle is left unopened, you can return it.
You can watch for sales and just grab a bunch of bottles of whatever is on special that week/month.
I live in Pennsylvania, where they don’t sell liquor in grocery stores or anything, so we have to go to a Wines & Spirits store, so I don’t know if the rules are different in other states, but this is how things are in good old PA. lol.
You can go online and find out how much of each liquor to buy based on how many guests you have, and then tailor it to your needs. At our local Wines and Spirits, they gave us a handy little placard with guidelines.
Post # 4
@Stace126: HI. We have to bring in our own alcohol too. I was wondering, what did you do for service? Did you hire a private lisenced bartender/friend, and if so, did you worry about liability insurance? I have also heard of having pretty glass containers with a spout (I can’t remember the name of these) for guests to serve themselves. Or maybe the caterers served it?
Post # 5
We did this and I thought it was great. It saved us a TON of money. The only downside is that you have to decide how much to buy. And in Ohio you can’t return unused cases. So that kinda sucks that you will either run out or be left with a bunch leftover… but even if you order enough to have leftovers you’ll probably still save a bunch of money.
Post # 6
Out reception is at a fire hall and 2 bartenders are included in the price of the hall. However our caterer also offers them. I am pretty sure if you google bartenders in your area you could find some to hire seperately. Or some of your other vendors may have suggestions.
For beer we have to bring kegs so that makes serving easy. And the firehall bar is equipped with pop (soa) dispensers. Every place (and state) is different with its rules so you might have to Sk around depending on where you live. Good luck!