(Closed) Restaurant reception… How is alcohol handled? And other stuff… (long)

posted 6 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
1401 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

The place that we’re having our reception at has a restaruant/bar onsite and we arent allowed to bring in our own alcohol. Due to financial reasons we are having a cash bar (gasp I know a lot of people find that tacky but we’re paying for this ourselves and we’re on a tight budget). They have options though. If we wanted we could host the bar up to a certain amount and then the guests would pay once the bat reached his limit. I’ve also been to weddings which the bar is hosted during cocktail hour and was a cash bar during your reception. Hope that helps.

Post # 4
7901 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

You can usually set a menu, even for drinks, from which your guests can order, and then you can control the costs per drink by keeping to a certain level of liquor, etc. A better option, however, is to serve beer and wine only and purchase a set number of bottles of wine and when they’re gone, they’re gone. If the restaurant has a bar, some guests may get up and go buy themselves a cocktail, and there is nothing you can do to stop that because you can’t have the restaurant shut down its bar or refuse your guests service.

Post # 6
8731 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

Sounds like my reception except that by the time the end of the night came around everyone decided a swim in the hotel pool and sleep was a better idea than dancing! Seriously we were that tired!

We had a small restaurant reception for just over 30 people. We provided beer, wine, cider and soft drinks plus had bottles of bourban and vodka (which the restaurant allowed us to bring in for a small fee because they only serve the beer/wine/cider) on the tables. We just paid the bill at the end of the night.

If you have a tight budget I would just serve beer and wine and soft drinks.

Also I wouldn’t count on many no resvp’s. From what I have seen on the various wedding forums the smaller more intimate a wedding is the more likely invited guests will RSVP yes. I think this is because the bride and groom really pair down the invite list to those closet to them and those people are more likely to RSVP yes!

Post # 7
6123 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

We found a restaurant we loooooove that has a private space to accommodate 80 – yikes that’s tight… But the food is always amazing and not everyone RSVPs yes, right??

They say to plan for 100% attendance!  Unless you’re inviting that person who’s on vacation in China at the time, best to make sure everyone could be accomodated.

How have they handled liquor for your group? Is it still a regular bar with a regular drinks menu, have they given you a reasonable price for open bar, or something in between?

How about working with the restaurant to create a customized menu.  Like select 3 entrees, salads, etc and list the drhinks that you’d like to host.  Use VistaPrint to print off table menus, or menus for each plate, and on it list the drinks (maybe a couple beers or wines) that you are offering.  

If they mosey on over to the bar and get a $7 rum and coke then that is their own deal, but you will already have listed the drinks that you will provide.

What do you think of that?

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