Post # 1
I need your opinions on serving alcohol. We’re planning a rather simple wedding and trying to keep things on a budget. We’ve booked a reception hall with a bar with the intent that the guests may purchase alcohol if they’d like. I love the idea of having a bar and not having to worry about purchasing alcohol for everyone and my fiance agrees…except he wants to buy just one keg. Me, I’m not so crazy about the idea.
My worry is that people will get upset when the keg runs out or expect us to go out and get another one. Plus, I don’t want to spend that extra money if we don’t need to. He thinks when the keg runs out people will turn their business to the bar. My mother doesn’t want us to be liable if something were to happen to one of our guests after leaving our reception because even with one keg “we” were serving the alcohol. Her other concerns include someone pumping the keg wrong, foaming, keeping it cold, etc.
My suggestion to please everyone is to buy one keg and put it in the kitchen area and make it available to only our wedding party. I still don’t think this is a great idea because then we have to worry about monitoring who has access to the keg.
You wouldn’t think this would be a huge dilema but right now it is. I’m hoping to get some feedback from all of you Bees. What do you think?
Post # 3
- Wedding: September 2009 - City Hall
Hi, I’ve been to a couple of family weddings before where they had a couple of kegs and it was first-come/first-serve. Usually, it runs out within an hour and then people pay for whatever else they want. I don’t think people got upset about it.
Post # 4
If you go to any bar, a keg is usually under the bar. That’s how they have beer on tap. A bartender should know what to do. I think you are over-thinking the situation. The only way the keg would run out in a few hours is if everyone at the wedding orders only beer.
Post # 5
I personally don’t think its right to only offer alcohol to your wedding party and not your guests. Are you having a cocktail hour? You could offer an open bar during cocktail hour (but you’d probably have to make other alcohol choices available during this time) and then switch to a cash bar for the remainder of your reception.
Post # 6
Maybe I put too much thought into my post.
The bar is open for anyone who wants drinks but he wants to buy one keg to have too. I don’t think it’s neccessary to have both. Our reception hall has a bar attached and it will be open anyways so luckily we don’t have to pay a bartender fee or pay for any of the alcohol from the bar. He just wants to buy one single keg and the only reason he gives for wanting to do this is, “I just want to buy a keg.” Why pay for one keg and provide the first couple drinks then expect people to depend on the bar when it runs out? I guess I’m worried because we’re expecting 200-250 guests.