(Closed) Bartending advice

posted 7 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

wow you have a very flexible venue!

i would have your 2 friends be the bartenders. people can overpour/no one can cut them off when it’s self-serve. bartenders can put more or less alcohol into a drink depending on the person’s state of drunkenness.

the insurance is only $130? definitely get it if you want the peace of mind.

Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

@kitzy: I totally agree!

Also, what a friend of ours did at his wedding was set out x-amount of glasses and had only a certain amount of alcohol (my FI “bartended” by creating and mixing the drinks).  When the liquer was gone, that was it.  No more “signature” drinks.  And trust me, plenty of people got “smashed” (including the groom’s aunt or grandmother, can’t remember which, lol).  

We’re doing something similar, only it’ll be limited to the wedding party and certain others.  But our venue has an ABC ON liscense and sells beer in the “gift shop”, so it changes the dynamics, too.

good luck with your decision!!!

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2012

how much does $130 worth of insurance cost?  i’m guessing your venue would require you to match the amount of insurance they have (i.e. if there’s covers 100k liability, yours would have to be at least that)

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2012

@Zinzerena: you are only providing alcohol for your wedding party and VIPs??

Post # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

@Mrs. Meowerson: yup.  It’s a BYOB type party at local cabins.  

We don’t want to pay for everyone that’ll be there, but we’ll have a few drinks prior to the ceremony (Not enough to get anyone drunk, lol) and depending on how many stay there with us (probably our closest dearest friends), we’ll probably offer up a few shots later.  

It’s a very untraditional wedding and we know a lot of our friends will bring their favorite beers or whatever to share.  Not to mention, our friends don’t require alcohol to have fun. 🙂  Plus, his family’s Mormon and my family disapproves of drinking, so it works out best this way!

eta: forgot to add, we’re gonna be paying our photographer a certain amount since we know he loves beer (he’s a beer snob, lol) so he can have his favorite while there.  At least, that’s the plan! 

Post # 9
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Buzzing Beekeeper

Well, they would actually need to get certified to serve drinks at a private event (at least that’s how it is in my state). Check your state laws. If shit goes down, you want to be sure everything was covered. It’s a 4 hour class you take and is around 20 bucks.

Post # 11
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Buzzing Beekeeper

@weeonebride: Some states have “ABC laws” which are pretty strict, some states have different versions. I had to get certified to do weddings and company parties, but it’s not a big deal to get it done. Between that and the insurance you should definitely be good to go.

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

@weeonebride: My venue requires the bartender to be Class 12 certified, I’m from WA as well.  In addition to obtaining an insurance for our venue, we also have to obtain banquet to host the event.  Check with your venue.  I believe that it is a requirement for the bartenders to be at least Class 12 certified to serve alcohol.

Post # 13
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592 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I don’t know about the laws where you live, but I bartended at an actual bar to help pay for my degree and in that time did a few weddings for acquaintances (and they were a blast!). Do you have a favorite pub or bar that you go to? Because I would just go in there and ask one of the bartenders if they would be interested in doing your wedding. Offer them $200 bucks and free drinks of their own and put a pretty little tip jar out where they will be working. That way, you have someone who knows what they are doing and is probably certified by the government to be serving alcohol or whatever (I didn’t require any further certification because they were private events, and not public or commercial events). Additionally, buying a couple kegs and a few cases of wine will be WAY cheaper no matter which way you spin it.

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