Post # 1
I am getting married on June 23rd and we are bringing our own alcohol into the venue. I am going to buy one white variety of wine and one red variety. My fiance is in charge of getting whatever beer he wants.
My problem is that I am having a hard time finding someone to get the alcohol up to the venue for us. Ideally, we would like to find a driver who does this professionally, but I am certainly not having any luck finding one. I hesitate to take it up there myself because the last thing I need right now is for a bunch of bottles of alcohol to break in my car when I go over a bump!
A couple of friends have offered, but we want to try to not use friends for these types of things – if something goes wrong, either the evening or the friendship suffers and we don’t want that.
Has anyone else had this problem? Does anyone know of any alcohol distributors, delivery drivers, or just general alcohol couriers that do this?
Post # 3
The liquor store and beer store is delivering ours for us…. they have people that can deliver
Post # 4
Who is bartending for you? That person should take the liquor over.
Post # 5
When you buy in bulk, they should provide you with the appropriate boxes to transport. Those boxes are the very same ones that traveled from the original bottle source to the store. Unless you’ve got a crazy driver who seeks out every pothole or has trouble not getting rearended every time they pull out of the driveway, you should be more than safe to have a friend, family member, or other non-professional drive it.
Post # 6
Can you bring it to the venue ahead of time? We took ours to the venue two days prior. And, we hauled it in the car. The bottles weren’t just smooshed together – they were in the cardboard they were shipped to the store. If breakage is your concern, just keep them in their boxes – or have whomever you are buying it from keep the case. It really isn’t hard to transport!
Post # 7
@tksjewelry: We are to use the bartending service that the venue hires…so they give us someone to serve the alcohol, but we bring it in ourselves.
Post # 8
You will be fine transporting it yourself. Just recently, I packed my Jetta full of wine by the case for 250 people and drive from Bellevue to SoDo for a corporate event and did not experience any difficulty 🙂 if you end up with a keg for beer, you’ll need to ask for delivery or have a pick truck or large SUV.
Post # 9
@CarrieinSeattle: What about hiring a courier service or paying a friend of a friend to deliver it for you. You might even as if someone at the liquor store would be willing to make an easy $30 or $40 on their off day for delivery. Don’t be afraid to take your friends up on their offer, friends just want to feel like they are helping, so it really isn’t a burdon on them. Trust me, friends like that are great.
Post # 10
I agree with PP’s that if you’re buying in bulk, they’ll probably already be in the appropriate boxes for transportation. My parents bought and transported all the alchohol in the box of a pick-up for my wedding and as far as I know, didn’t have any trouble at all.
Post # 11
Alcohol bottles are pretty hard to break. Also, if you’re buying cases of wine, they should pack it for you in boxes that have cardboard seperating each bottle so they won’t clink on each other. We transported many cases of wine to our wedding (on a mountain with steep and winding roads) and they were fine!
Post # 12
+1 on the cases are fine – especially if you get from the winery!
Post # 13
Our keg went in my in law’s car and our bottles of wine and champagne went in our car…really, it doesn’t take anything special to move packed boxes of booze.
Post # 14
I agree with the PPs that you will be fine transporting it yourself. Liquor stores will have whatever boxes the bottles were shipped to them in, and they can give them to you to transport it to your destination.