(Closed) venue has unclear alcohol rules

posted 11 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
2640 posts
Sugar bee

Gosh that’s strange.  How in love with this venue are you?  I’d be inclined to say find another.  Beit the alcohol or not, it sounds like they are not organized, truthful or whatever is going on. 

Personally I wouldn’t want to feel like I can’t serve alcohol.  I also wouldn’t like feeling like I’m breaking the rules or could incur some big fine or liability.   It sounds like at the least you aren’t supposed to do it.  Even though he’s given you mixed signals on whether they’ll police it.  It sounds like you’ll still be accountable, say if Uncle Jim gets in an accident, fight or breaks something due to alcohol.

If it was a small family picnic or whatever, maybe OK. But this is your wedding.  I’d find somewhere else.

Post # 4
2029 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

This is really pretty typical of park district behavior. They don’t allow alcohol, but they also don’t have weekend staff to monitor the parks during weddings. Promise not to serve alcohol, but go ahead and serve it anyway. It’ll be fine. I wouldn’t worry about it.

Post # 6
2432 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

Eek. I would feel uncomfortable working with a venue that told you that. Maybe there are state regulations they have to follow that require them to make it "alcohol free" but they don’t want to discourage the business from weddings and other events where it would be served, so they use these vague answers?

I would decide based on your comfort level. If the fear of being "caught" for having the alcohol would be so overbearing that you couldn’t relax and enjoy the reception, I would choose somewhere else. 

Just curious, but do you know what the sanction is for being caught with alcohol? Is it a small fine or being kicked out of the park? If the possible sanction is something relatively minor, I wouldn’t worry about it. 

Post # 7
2292 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2008

It’s interesting if they have a policy that they actually don’t enforce; in that case he’s probably telling you that as long as there aren’t complaints the park will sort of look the other way.  However, the park is subject to the local liquor laws – they don’t make their own.  You can find out what the penalty would be if city police or the county sheriff happened along by calling the city or county in which the park is located – because that’s probably what you really have to worry about.  The park would, at most, ask you to leave or to put away the alcohol; the city or county can arrest you for serving without a liquor license.  That would sort of suck.

Post # 8
1238 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

In California a lot of venues make you pay for your own security if you have alcohol — someone who’s job is to make sure everyone drinking is 21 or over  — this is a good way to CYA.

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