This is the magic question that many soon-to-be newlyweds ask themselves while planning their wedding. Champagne and wine are used as traditional celebratory beverages, so it only makes sense to include them in your wedding. However, this is often a slippery slope, as there are both advantages and disadvantages to serving alcoholic beverages at weddings.

Is Alcohol Allowed?

Before you spend hundreds of dollars on champagne, wine, beer or beverages, you should first check with the venue owner to determine whether alcohol is allowed. You might assume that it’s allowed just because the venue owner or property manager didn’t specifically say it was against the rules, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s true.

Failure to follow the venue’s “no alcohol” rule could result in forfeiture of your security deposit. Unless you want to give the venue an extra $500 or more for nothing, follow and obey all of their rules, including their stance on alcohol. 

Do I Need an Alcohol License?

Another consideration you’ll have to make when deciding whether to serve alcohol at your wedding is the requirement of an alcohol license. Some venues may require couples to hire a professional bartender with a valid liquor license. And if you don’t know a friend or family member with a liquor license, you’ll have to hire someone.


One of the reasons why so many people prefer to serve and drink alcohol at weddings is because it sets the mood for a traditional toast. When the bride and groom have said their “I do”s underneath the alter, everyone can relocate to the reception area for a ceremonial toast. This signifies a time of celebration, making it the perfect activity for a wedding.

Dealing with Unruly Guests

The biggest problem associated with alcohol at weddings is the possibility of unruly guests. It’s no secret that alcohol consumption can change people’s mood and attitude, therefore, couples must use caution when serving it at their wedding.

Tips When Serving Alcohol at a Wedding: 

  • Set hours for the bar so guests can only drink during a certain time.
  • Have a limited selection of alcohol.
  • Avoid hard liquor.
  • Consider using a cash bar — where guests pay for their alcoholic beverages.
  • Offer transportation for guests.
  • Keep things fun yet formal at the same time.