Post # 16
“Stock the Bar” is cute when you’re helping the couple build up their alcohol selection for their home, but I would not have a “Stock the Bar” party to stock your reception. Does your venue even allow alcohol? Would it be easier/more courteous to have your guests bring their alcohol on the day of (rhetorical, of course)?
Post # 17
ktaylor13: Do I understand corrrectly that you’re thinking of having a traditional bridal shower where your lady friends & family will bring housewares etc, AND also have a stock-the-bar party where the menfolk will bring alcohol that you’ll keep to serve at the wedding? If I have that right, there are 2 problems: 1) You don’t plan or throw your own pre-wedding parties. If a loved one offers to host a shower for you, you can accept and give them input IF they ask for it. 2) You don’t ask people to buy the supplies for a party you ARE hosting (which would be the reception). You provide the booze or if you can’t afford it, tell people it’s BYOB. Don’t have a party where you ask them to bring random bottles. How would that be served anyway? Not a good idea. See if you can find room in your budget for a keg and some Two Buck Chuck, and if you can’t, then just do BYO.