Post # 1
We’re having a:
- lunch wedding reception
- 90 guests
- on a family property out in the country far from any public transportation (even taxis take a long time to get there)
- we will be serving beer & wine
I’m going to safely assume guests will be driving there themselves because taxi fares will be expensive. I don’t want any drunk drivers though, especially since we’ll be liable if there are any injuries from drunk driving!
Post # 3
We’re doing something quite similar, except it’ll be an afternoon tea reception, rather than lunch (and about 150 people).
Maybe designate have some designated drivers? I don’t drink, and nor do a few others in my circle of family and friends, so I’m usually more than happy to taxi a few people around (as long as it’s not abused or impacting on my ability to have fun). As it’s a lunchtime thing, chances are you’ll have less drinkers anyway, so people that are travelling together might designate someone themselves 🙂
Another option is to hire a bus to bring people to your venue and take them back to a hotel at the end of the night – even if they have to travel 30-60 minutes each way, it might still work out better (could be expensive though).
We’re doing something completely different – because it’s a family property (my parents’ farm/garden), we’re giving people the option of staying the night with us. There will obviously be limited bedspace, but many of our family and friends are happy to either sleep on couches, floors, etc. and a few others are taking advantage of a weekend in the country and bringing some camping gear. It makes for a more relaxed after party too 🙂
Post # 4
Car pool. Adults are old enough to work it out themselves 🙂
Post # 5
Thanks for your responses ladies! That would actually be pretty fun having people stay overnight with tents and trailers if they want 🙂 We even have a firepit for s’mores! And you’re right Artichoke, I guess in a way I’m underestimating them as adults (who will probably assume there’s alcohol at the event).
Post # 6
I just posted a lengthy comment a couple of days ago on another thread as to why this was one of the reasons my DH and I chose not to serve alcohol (other than a choice of a single, small glass of champagne or sparkling, non-alcoholic cider for the toast) at our wedding and opted instead for a non-alcoholic, open bar featuring only sodas, iced tea, and a variety of juices.
I believe that alcohol should be viewed as a controlled, dangerous substance, the abuse of which is often responsible for a great deal of pain, sorrow, and grief. And, as you noted, hosts who serve it have some liability for any negative or tragic outcomes that may occur. DH and I did not want to be in a position of potentially contributing to someone harming (or worse) himself or herself or others as a result of something that we served at our wedding.
Post # 7
Stop serving booze an hour or so before the reception is meant to end, and keep taxi cab numbers available. Also talk to friends about being DDs.
Post # 9
I would get a shuttle to a common place. Where is your wedding? I used to live in Vancouver
Post # 10
Another Canadian Bee here…
I agree 100% with @kjo:, you should look at organizing some sort of Shuttle Bus Service IF your plan is to serve a fair bit of alcohol (ie more than a glass of Sparkling / Champagne for toasting)
Unlike the US, Drinking and Driving here is a Criminal Offense, and those that Host the Party and provide alcohol can (and are) held responsible by the Courts.
Too BIG A RISK in my opinion.
Sure the attendees are Adults… but it also a Wedding / Celebratory Event, and folks just naturally tend to indulge (some more than others)
Play it safe is my motto.
Post # 11
we are getting a shuttle to go from our hotel to the reception site and back. we don’t want any accidents!
Post # 12
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Avoiding drunk drivers: A Conundrum!