(Closed) Alcohol at a wedding

posted 5 years ago in Food
Post # 3
Member
5479 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

It depends on your venue… some places require certain caterers and those caterers require that you use their bar service.  Other venues allow you to purchase a one day liquor license and you can provide your own.

Have you already selected a venue?  I’d check your contract with them to see if they have any requirements.

If not, then it can be cheaper to provide your own alcohol.  It just kind of depends on what you want.  If money is tight, maybe host only beer and wine?

Post # 4
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3170 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

It may be smarter to buy yourself if you can buy in bulk because then you can’t go over your budget with a caterer.

Post # 5
Hostess
8579 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

Buying it yourself will be cheaper, as you wont have the huge markup. However, it all depends on your venue. Some venues will only let you bring beer & wine, others won’t let you have it at all, and others will require you have a licensed catered provide the alochol.

Have you found a venue yet? I would contact them first.

Post # 7
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336 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

If your venue allows you to purchase it yourself, I’d say to do that! 
It could be even cheaper if you have any friends or family in the military that can buy it for you at the base exchange.. they typically get alcohol a lot cheaper 

Post # 8
Member
1475 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Definitely buy it yourself at a wholesale liquor store!

Post # 9
Hostess
8579 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

@lexmek27:  I would contact them and ask them specifically what their guildlines are for alcohol/catering/decorations/lighting/candles, and anything else you can think of.

Every venue is different. Some want only allow you to hire caterers with food serving licenses, others allow you to do it yourself. Others don’t allow candles, others want the flame of the candles covered, some don’t care either way!

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