(Closed) Alcohol with dinner and during reception?

posted 5 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
3625 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

No, I don’t think you should cut people off based on quantity alone. It should be because they are not fit to drive. I certainly would never base it off of how much we consume because my ILs never drink, Darling Husband is a lightweight, and I can hold my own!

I suppose you can offer one free glass although I feel like that’s a waste. For example, I rarely drink with my meal and Darling Husband usually will take one. So rather then give everyone one, I think bottles would be better because then those who want it can get some.

FWIW, we had an open bar. Our caterer wasn’t going to do wine service at dinner. As such, if our guests wanted drinks during dinner, they would have to get up and get it themselves. As such, Darling Husband had a conniption and we sprung for extra servers to do drink service with dinner. Offhand, based on my observations, I don’t think that many people drank multiple glasses of alcohol during dinner specifically.


Post # 4
715 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012 - W Hotel Silicon Valley

You shouldn’t tell people how many drinks they can have, especially if they are paying for them! This would be a pain in the ass for bartenders to track each person’s consumption too.

I think bottles on the table are better than a glass per person since it’s possible that some people won’t drink wine at all.

Post # 5
10453 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2014

Definitely don’t cut people off. I don’t know how the bartender would even keep track of it, and it’s weird. Your parents can drink what they want and they should let the guests drink what they want. 

Post # 6
10589 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

We couldn’t have bottles of wine at the tables.  The venue insisted on pouring them to avoid people overserving and to prevent minors from drinking.

As for the number of drinks, that just sounds like a hassle!  We limited people to 1 drink/hand at a time and no doubles/triples.

Post # 7
2874 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

Incredibly rude, id be very surprised. It seems v patronising

And hard to enforce too

Post # 8
67 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

WHAT?! I don’t mean to offend, but I’d be pissed if I went to a wedding to a cash bar and was cut off after 3! That seems insane to me. Either don’t cut people off (unless they’re unfit to drive) or don’t have a bar at all.

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