- 7 years ago
- Wedding: October 2011
So Future Mother-In-Law works for a caterer ~90 mins away and our venue agreed to let her company do the catering if we used one of their preferred caterers for the alcohol (written out in the contract). I’m finally getting around to contacting the caterers about it and got this response:
Congratulations! Unfortunately we do not serve alcohol without also providing food. The A.B.L.E. (Alcohol Beverage Law Enforcement) Commission has informed us that the law is we only serve alcohol incidental to food. But the pricing far a bar for 4 hours for 120 guests would be $288.00 for 2 bartenders (so you don’t have 120 people in line waiting for a beverage), plus $1800.00 for alcohol, plus $120.00 for alcohol liability insurance, plus the cost of food and service for food, acrylics, etc. If this is what you are interested in, please let me know and we will come up with a menu and I will work up a detailed proposal, inclusive of costs, and get it to you.
Umm… wtf? so over $2000 and that’s without any of the mandatory food purchases? I mean, that sounds pretty excessive for our needs. I’m thinking I’ll forward it to my contact at the venue and see if they’ll let us use outside bartenders (where we’d supply the alcohol and they’d serve it) – but does anyone have any tips for doing that or any other ideas for ways to deal with this situation?