Indiana & Alcohol don't mix

posted 3 years ago in Food
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

Have you asked the venue about this?  Since they allow outside food and drink I imagine they have some past expereince or at least know what past customers have done.  No personal experience but if it were me I would ask them first.

ETA I would also talk to the bartender and caterer if they know anything. 

Post # 4
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2014 - A castle!

@wabanzi:  I think you just need a licensed bartender to serve the alcohol…

ETA: I see you’re getting those :/ Call the venue, perhaps the venue itself needs a liquor license?

 

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014 - Madison, WI

We had a similar situation at one of the venues we looked at…They gave a list of approved caterers but only one held the alcohol license for the venue. So you had to use them for your bar or for both your catering and bar services.

They need to be licensed to distribute alcohol (liquor license) and usually have a list of what they’re legally allowed to distribute.

Post # 6
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I’m in Indiana and I recently was in a friend’s wedding who did diy alcohol. They hired a friend who happened to also be a bartender, and it was fine. I’d also ask the bartender you’re thinking about hiring, they will surely know. 🙂 Good luck! Indiana’s alcohol laws are a bit crazy! 

FWIW, we’re going diy alcohol also, but we are having an outdoor wedding in a park and it will be self serve mostly. We aren’t having to get any type of liscense for any type of alcohol. 

Post # 9
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

My guess is that they’re asking if your caterer, who will be serving the liquor, I presume, has a liquor license.

Post # 11
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@wabanzi:  I don’t think they had a permit. They used a cater, but we brought in the alcohol ourselves. The bartender wasn’t affiliated with the caterer at all. They did only serve beer and wine, however, so it might be different for you. Their venue was also historic and they had a single securty gaurd there. 

We don’t need a permit per the park’s rules since it’s a private party. If we were to use a bartender, they would have to be licensed. Think of it like a big bbq… 🙂 

Post # 14
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@wabanzi:  Use the Live Chat feature to clarify what you need- seems so simple to me. You get to talk to a human rather thn trying to interpret the information yourself.

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@wabanzi:  We had the same exact situation in Vermont, so don’t feel alone in this! Honestly, you are lucky that you could just serve beer and wine.  Our bar service was the second largest cost of our wedding (not that far behind catering), so if you can avoid having to hire a bar service and just serve the beer and wine I would do that.  Otherwise, you are right that it will be very expensive. 

Post # 16
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@wabanzi:  I just did a google search for white wine mojitos… there are a lot of recipes! Maybe try some and see if they are any good. I know a lot of restaurants in IN do wine margaritas etc b/c of the liquor liscense thing. 

Serve some to your FI and see if he can tell the difference. 😉

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