(Closed) Drinkers invited…ideas on how to ensure no one drives home drunk

posted 7 years ago in Reception
Post # 32
114 posts
Blushing bee

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@AB Bride:  +1


Before you take on the “they can be responsible for themselves” attitude, make sure that your jurisdiction will not hold the hosts responisble in the event of an accident. Just in the same way a bar would be held responsible for allowing an intoxicated patron to drive away. 

Post # 33
11163 posts
Sugar Beekeeper

@flowermower:  Do you have wedding insurance? There is an additional policy that protects you should someone try to hold you accountable. We had it and thankfully we didn’t have to use it but it was nice to know we were protected.

As for other options if you cannot afford to provide transportation for your guests there isn’t much else I would suggest. You can have the numbers of taxi services available along with a local hotel rooming block. Definitely check if that local hotel offers a shuttle to guests. That is what we used and it was full both trips!

Post # 34
168 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I’m thinking of running a bookies ring on the first guest to do something stupid at our wedding because they’re drunk (not in the driving sense). To be honest, my fiance and I will be the favourites!

But, we have strategies in play, not based around drink tickets or dry weddings..

1, serving beer and wine only, with mid-strength options. 

2, having the reception in the city, it will be easy for guests to find alternative transport home, they won’t be far away and don’t need their car.

3, having water and soft drink stations

4, public liability insurance

5, trusting that if any individual is unable to look after themselves, then their friends and other guests are smart enough to look out for them. I know our guests who drink will not bring their cars.

Post # 35
3772 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@flowermower:  We got a room block at a hotel that offers a free shuttle to and from the venue. I know the Out of Town guests will be staying in the hotel but I also tell the locals, “I know you don’t NEED a hotel room since you live here, but we got a discounted room rate, $69 per night, and that way you wouldn’t have to worry about drinking and driving.”

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