(Closed) At a restaurant type reception… how to control how much is spent on alcohol?

posted 8 years ago in Food
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

Talk to the event staff at the venue and ask if you can choose to only put one or two types of beer on your menu.    They may also have a fee for a per person open bar which may ultimately be cheaper than a la carte.  You can probably also let them know your alcohol limit, and then they can let you (or your designated person) know when you are getting close to to your cap. After your cap, the wait staff can tastefully let people know that the hosted bar is closed.  The venue people have likely done this before, and should be able to work with you.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I agree with @nmsoonerbride: Check and see if they do a per person open bar if you haven’t already. I worked for a restaurant – and not even a really upscale one – and we did this. We would charge X amount per person for 4 hours open bar. It honestly was a great deal if you had more than 3 drinks. We also did drink tickets where your first 3-4 drinks were free and then you paid cash for the rest. It doesn’t hurt to look into some of these options with the restaurant!

Post # 5
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

We had our second reception at a restaurant and worked it out with the staff beforehand that we would spend X dollars on alcohol. Once X dollars worth had been drunk, the bar switched to cash.

 

 

Post # 6
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Helper bee

I agree with everyone above: Talk with the restaurant and they will handle making sure your guests know what is provided and what is cash bar. If you decide to go with an open bar for wine, sodas, a few beers and a signature drink (or something similar) you can make up some triangle drink menus to stand up on the table. At the bottom you can say something like “many more selections available for purchase” your restaurant might even make these up for you to match their menus and it will get the point across without anyone having to say anything.

At the restaurant where I work we do lots of functions where it’s open bar up to a certain $ limit, or open beer and wine and cash bar for liquor.  

Post # 7
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Busy bee

Is there a way you can talk to the restaurant about possible doing a pre-printed menu where you have selected a couple different beers and wine that your guests can choose from? At least this way people can still have a selection and won’t hurt your wallet as much.

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