(Closed) Avoiding drunk drivers: A Conundrum!

posted 6 years ago in Logistics
  • poll: Reception transportation: our expense/ guest's expense?
    OUR expense : (10 votes)
    24 %
    GUEST'S expense : (12 votes)
    29 %
    Bus shuttle to nearest public transportation : (11 votes)
    27 %
    Taxi/ taxi vouchers : (0 votes)
    Bus shuttle to drop off guests at their house : (6 votes)
    15 %
    Other, please explain : (2 votes)
    5 %
  • Post # 3
    1902 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    We’re doing something quite similar, except it’ll be an afternoon tea reception, rather than lunch (and about 150 people).

    Maybe designate have some designated drivers? I don’t drink, and nor do a few others in my circle of family and friends, so I’m usually more than happy to taxi a few people around (as long as it’s not abused or impacting on my ability to have fun). As it’s a lunchtime thing, chances are you’ll have less drinkers anyway, so people that are travelling together might designate someone themselves ๐Ÿ™‚

    Another option is to hire a bus to bring people to your venue and take them back to a hotel at the end of the night – even if they have to travel 30-60 minutes each way, it might still work out better (could be expensive though).

    We’re doing something completely different – because it’s a family property (my parents’ farm/garden), we’re giving people the option of staying the night with us. There will obviously be limited bedspace, but many of our family and friends are happy to either sleep on couches, floors, etc. and a few others are taking advantage of a weekend in the country and bringing some camping gear. It makes for a more relaxed after party too ๐Ÿ™‚

    Post # 4
    4366 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2018

    Car pool.  Adults are old enough to work it out themselves ๐Ÿ™‚

    Post # 6
    11422 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: May 2009

    I just posted a lengthy comment a couple of days ago on another thread as to why this was one of the reasons my Darling Husband and I chose not to serve alcohol (other than a choice of a single, small glass of champagne or sparkling, non-alcoholic cider for the toast) at our wedding and opted instead for a non-alcoholic, open bar featuring only sodas, iced tea, and a variety of juices. 

    I believe that alcohol should be viewed as a controlled, dangerous substance, the abuse of which is often responsible for a great deal of pain, sorrow, and grief. And, as you noted, hosts who serve it have some liability for any negative or tragic outcomes that may occur. Darling Husband and I did not want to be in a position of potentially contributing to someone harming (or worse) himself or herself or others as a result of something that we served at our wedding. 

    Post # 7
    1733 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    Stop serving booze an hour or so before the reception is meant to end, and keep taxi cab numbers available. Also talk to friends about being DDs.

    Post # 9
    642 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: February 2013

    I would get a shuttle to a common place.  Where is your wedding? I used to live in Vancouver

    Post # 10
    9952 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2012

    Another Canadian Bee here…

    I agree 100% with @kjo:, you should look at organizing some sort of Shuttle Bus Service IF your plan is to serve a fair bit of alcohol (ie more than a glass of Sparkling / Champagne for toasting)

    Unlike the US, Drinking and Driving here is a Criminal Offense, and those that Host the Party and provide alcohol can (and are) held responsible by the Courts.

    Too BIG A RISK in my opinion.

    Sure the attendees are Adults… but it also a Wedding / Celebratory Event, and folks just naturally tend to indulge (some more than others)

    Play it safe is my motto.

    Post # 11
    1070 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    we are getting a shuttle to go from our hotel to the reception site and back.  we don’t want any accidents!

    Post # 12
    23597 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2011

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