(Closed) Alcohol at reception..

posted 6 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
13248 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I’ve seen some photos of really cute beverage dispenser that you can use for mixed drinks! 

Post # 4
7901 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

You need to check your local laws and talk to your venue to make sure it is legal for you to serve alcohol (esp. if there will be a single minor present) without a bartender.

I think the easiest thing to do will be the tubbs of cans/bottles. If you have dispensers, someone has to be repsonsible for cleaning the area up and refilling. It could get messy and one of your guests will be put to work, an idea I’m personally not keen on.

I’d add some alternatives to wine coolers too… things like Smirnoff Ice and Mikes Hard Lemonade.

Post # 5
9181 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

I think that sounds great!  We’re doing something very similar, except we’ll get kegs instead of bottled beer.

Post # 6
476 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

I second @mrsSonthebeach. You need to check to see if that’s OK with wherever you are having your reception. The location must be protected in regards to liability from any alcohol-related incidents. We had to pay for security at our venue, and add a rider onto the policy at a cost of $100 for the night. Our caterers handled the bar (just beer/wine) so we didn’t have to hire a bartender.

As an FYI on the mixed-drink front: those dispensers are so cute, but they will sometimes leak. If you have sangria, the fruit will clog the spigot…these are experiences we’ve had at parties/weddings in the past. And someone has to refill them 🙂


Good luck!

Post # 8
290 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@JMS313:  I think it sounds awesome!  Kinda like what we are doing, we are having  a country setting wedding and reception and we are going to have drinks on ice 🙂   No bartender no need for another un needed bill

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