Sabrina Rojas Weiss of Yahoo Style called our office yesterday and interviewed Drink Slingers co-owner Nannette Taft about our best practices in avoiding guest drunkenness at weddings.
Weddings can be awkward for some folks, and the easy solution is often to hit the bar ... again and again. This can be disastrous for not only the guests but the bride and groom, so it's in everyone's best interest if the bartenders can keep drunkenness to a minimum.
Today the article was published. Here is an excerpt:
1. Limit the bar options
The main thing you have control over from the start is what you offer and when. “The best way to avoid having people get too drunk is to not have a full bar,” Nannette Taft, co-owner of Drink Slingers bartending service in Austin, tells Yahoo Style. Taft has a “no shots” policy at her events. If you really want to be conservative (and thrifty), you could keep the offerings down to beer, wine, and nonalcoholic beverages. To that, you can usually add a couple of specialty cocktails to make things feel a little more, well, special.
If you’re offering a limited cocktail menu, remember that martinis are pure alcohol, and it’s probably unwise to offer nothing but straight liquor before anyone has eaten. A safer but equally delicious bet is something mixed with juice or soda and served on ice, Taft advises.