Safe Alcohol Service Suggestions
- Hire a professional. Professional bartenders are well-trained on alcohol and serving procedures, and they can identify when someone has had a little too much to drink. If you plan to have an open bar at your wedding, consider hiring a local bartender to mix up drinks instead of offering self-serve liquor or enlisting a friend to handle the job for you.
- Avoid serving shots. One of the easiest and fastest ways to encourage overdrinking is to serve shots of hard liquor like tequila, vodka, and whiskey. Drinking shots prevents guests from feeling the effects of alcohol and controlling themselves, which can lead to sharp increases in blood alcohol content. Instruct your bartender to reject guests’ requests for shots and offer a glass of their liquor of choice on ice instead. You might even want to avoid serving liquor altogether by sticking to a menu of wine and beer only.
Provide guests with a safe way to get home. Sometimes, overdrinking happens, no matter how many precautions you take. El Dorado Stay & Play can help you with your possible shuttle needs!