Champagne toast for underage guests? Not illegal (I dont think)

posted 10 months ago in Etiquette
Post # 2
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2016

Ask the hotel. I doubt they are okay with serving minors and I’m sure they’ve dealt with this situation before.

Post # 3
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Bumble bee

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alexam :  For parents who aren’t comfortable with the idea, Martinelli’s cider is yummy. I was able to take a sip of wine at special occasions as a kid (Italian family), but not all parents are on board with it, so an alternative drink would be a good idea. 

Post # 4
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Worker bee

I can’t speak to the Ohio laws but where I live we have something similar. Minors can drink under the supervision of their parents in their own home. 

Think about it, a parent couldn’t purchase a drink for their child when they were out at a restaurant. I think it is very unlikely that your venue will be any different. 

Post # 5
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Honey bee

So you are having the champagne already at their seats?

I would have tables with clearly labeled trays of drinks (and a staff person available, preferably) set up at the entrance and offer both champagne and sparkling cider and let guests choose for themselves as they walk in and take their drink to their table.  Because I know plenty of adults who would pass on champagne and prefer cider, too.

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: July 2018

I thought that exceptions like that in most states usually refer to being at home or on private property, not in a licensed venue.  I would check with the venue because they will have the biggest say here and I’m going to assume they don’t want alcohol being served to minors. 

Also how long will the champagne be pre poured?  I would be worried about it going flat if it is sitting out before guests are even in the room. 

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alexam :  

Post # 8
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I would just have all the glasses filled and let the parents dictate what their kids drink.

I assume there will be water or something else available too?

In my state you can serve alcohol to minors with parental consent (even in a bar), but the establishment can refuse to do so if they choose.

Post # 9
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Sugar bee

In Ohio you can drink at bars/restaurants with your parents, but I would definitely check with the venue.  It is still a liability unless you show proof that those are their parents. 

You can also drink legally if you are under 21, but you marry someone over 21.  And in Church.  

Post # 10
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2020 - City, State

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alexam :  Check with the venue, and if they are okay have it poured. Parents will take it away from them if they think this is an issue. 

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2017

I wouldn’t do a champagne toast for minors.  I’m not sure of the legality,  the parents may get pissed plus what if the kids sneak more and do something stupid? Maybe you’ll be held accountable? Give then sparkling apple juice. 

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2019

I live in Ohio and this law is blowing my mind lol. That said, we’ll also have some underage guests at our wedding, including my 14 year old stepson. None of them will be served alcohol.

Post # 13
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Sugar bee

Personally, I would just buy a bottle of sparkling grape juice or de-alcoholized champagne and serve that to the kids. The toast is probably less than an ounce and you can have 1-2 bottles on hand.

Post # 15
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Bumble Beekeeper

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alexam :  if your state laws allows children to drink outside the home with parental permission then I’d fill up all the glasses and let the parents decide. My mom always let me have the champagne toast at weddings when I was a teenager – it’s usually a small glass anyways. If I didn’t want my kid to have it I’d just take it from them. 

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