(Closed) How to serve alcohol at our wedding?

posted 4 years ago in Food
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall

Your first paragraph makes no sense.

 

What does “the venue has said no to a bartender” mean exactly?  “Technically there’s supposed to be no alcohol” sounds like it IS written in the contract — otherwise how do you know that?

 

It sounds like you’re putting the owner/family friend in an awkward position.  You cannot guarantee if you serve alcohol that there will be no complaints, so yes, you need to have a dry wedding.

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@mchitt329:  I think it makes sense. It sounds to me like the venue typically doesn’t allow alcohol, but the owner is a family friend of OP and is allowing some leeway, but they don’t want to authorize a bartender. That makes sense to me.

OP, instead of having an official “bartender,” would you be allowed to have a family member or friend be responsible for serving drinks? Or if it’s a mixed drink, could you have it in a drink dispenser (the kind where you push a button and the stuff comes out) and have someone be in charge of dispensing it?

Post # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall

@CurlyTop24:  The owner is the family friend… but the “venue” has said no to a bartender…. who at the venue said no to the bartender that over rules the owner?

 

It just sounds like a mess to me and if OP would explain I think she would get some more helpful responses.

Post # 6
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

Here you need a liquor licence to have liquor at most weddings.  Most venues with catering already have it, but if I were to rent a community hall I would have to purchase it.  Would you need something like that?  If so, self-serving might not be allowed.

 

Post # 8
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall

@MiraJo:  Hmmm well if you go the alcohol route you may want to look into liability insurance seeing as the venue is not providing the alcohol or the service of it.

Post # 10
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

@MiraJo:  That’s what WB is for!

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I would just have a dry wedding.  This has lawsuit written all over it.

Post # 12
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

It really depends on your state liquor regulations. Have some fun non-alcoholic drinks (or invest the $ you would spend on alcohol in something else) and avoid a potentially risky situation.

Post # 14
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

You need a liquor license.  If there’s an accident and there’s no liquor license, you and the venue can both be held liable.  I think just bringing alcohol with no regulation is going to end up going really, really badly. 

Post # 15
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@MiraJo:  This is not worth the risk, to me. Having alcohol would be very important to us, so we would select a new venue, but if it’s not a big deal to you then I vote don’t push your luck.

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@MiraJo:  I would think it would be fine to ask a few different people, and maybe give them shifts if they agree to it. My venue allows alcohol but doesn’t provide it, and we’ll get a one-day liquor license, which I think is about $55 or so. We’re in Virginia.

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