(Closed) BYOB or Toonie Bar? Need Advice

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

This is a tough one.  I am generally against making guests supply their own alcohol (either by BYOB or making them pay for it), but I think your case has a different set of circumstances.  If your religious views don’t align with you supplying alcohol, and this is a big deal for either you or your family, I think you should go with BYOB. You just need to make sure it’s very clear to your guests so they don’t expect to have the option of getting alcohol at your reception.

As for taking keys away – I’m not sure about Canadian laws, but I do know my state’s laws, and if I am hosting an event and supply the alcohol (by purchasing/providing/facilitating), I am liable for that person’s driving ability, thus giving me the right to take away keys.  At least under my state laws, I would be able to take keys away if there was a hosted bar, a cash bar, or BYOB. 

Post # 4
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

What is a toonie bar?

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@peachacid:  was wondering the same thing.

 

Could you talk to your mom about it, she may be more understanding than you think?

Post # 6
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@peachacid:  @countrygirl62312:  I’m not Canadian, so I could be off on this..  But a toonie is a $2 coin in Canada, so the toonie bar is a bar where every drink costs $2. 

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I personally think the toonie bar is the better way to go. You already said that you don’t share your mother’s views, so why let her dictate what is served at your wedding? You came up with some great pro’s and the con list is managable (bartenders usually aren’t too expensive, family can deal with the fact that adults sometimes drink, etc…)

Plus, if everyone brought their own liquor, you would definately have less control over what and how much they drank!

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I’m not sure what the law is in Alberta, but I know from when my brother got married in Ontario, that he was responsible for guests and their alcohol consumption even if he did not provide the alcohol (byob).  For that reason he also chose to go with a toonie bar because he (the bartender) could monitor the amount.

You might also want to check with your insurance provider to see what the liability insurance is on a byob reception vs. a toonie/pay bar reception.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I agree that a BYOB or toonie bar will be a good idea.  What I dont agree with is your statement that a toonie bar can help you earn some money for the honeymoon – I don’t think it should be a fundraiser at all.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

If you are concerned about underage drinking or drunk driving I would look up the laws in your area.  Where we live, if I host a party I am responsible for what all the guests there drink.  So if there is underage drinking I can go to jail, and if someone leaves and crashes their car and hurts someone, I can be sued and prosecuted for letting them drink and drive.  We are having a dry wedding, but when we talked about serving alcohol we knew we would want a bartender to keep the drinking under control. 

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