(Closed) Caterer won’t serve alcohol

posted 8 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

Maybe it could have to do with liability too?  Not sure what all the rules are in the area.  Are you getting married at a venue where you could hire someone else?

Post # 4
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Bumble bee

Is the caterer affiliated with the reception site?  Could you hire someone to serve?  Alternatively, could the guests pour for themselves after the bottles are open?  Because otherwise, you’re also going to need somone to pour.

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2018

I would hire a server from a local restaurant to do it if you can. It’s probably a liability/insurance thing. She also might not have a lic. to serve.

Post # 6
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2018

i would suggest hiring someone else to serve the alcohol if your caterer either does not have a license to serve alcohol or refuses to do it for whatever reasons. if hiring someone else doesn’t work, i’m not sure how your cocktail hour and reception are going to be, but is it possible to give guests the option to self-serve?

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I don’t think guests are able to pour themselves a drink because it’s considered a liability.  I live in PA and typically if your caterer supplies the alcohol thism eans they have a liquor license and will assume the liability.  I’ve visited some venues that do not have a liquor license and we would have to supply our own.  If we did this, we would also have to get an insurance policy for liability.  And the caterer  would supply the bartendar whom we would pay for.

Does that make sense? Did you ask the caterer why?

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

College kids are a good idea, at least where I’m from you can serve at 18 but just to be on the safe side I would pick someone who was 21, just in case.

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

That’s frustrating you didn’t find out before hand. Finding a college kid sounds like a great idea, though it is probably smart to over order on anything s/he is pouring since they won’t have as good a sense of “pour per bottle” as an experienced bartender. You could also just create a drink station. Big galvanized buckets with beer and soft drinks in them, and then maybe a bottles of Champagne near the cake. People usually toast with whatever is in their glass anyway. Not sure of the specifics of your wedding, but it might work.

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