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Indian weddings and alcohol share a love-hate relationship. While the parents, sanskaari uncles, and gossiping aunties do shame-shame on hearing daaru; the couple and their friends can't imagine any function without it. But that's not the case at all the weddings. If we talk about Punjabi functions, not a single one can begin without opening a bottle of beer or whiskey.
So if you're planning to make alcohol a part of your wedding festivities, secretly or openly, there are certain things which you should keep in mind. Just follow these seven points, and you're good to go!
If you plan on having a bar counter at the reception or Sangeet night, then it is important to set a fixed time for the bar counter. You would not want the dance floor to become a commode without a flush, filled with puke. The time will help contain the rowdy-ness of friends and uncles who cannot control themselves on seeing free booze.
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We all have that one person in our circle that does not prefer consuming alcohol. Take help of that friend, and ask him to handle the event at the end; helping talli dost to eat some food, keeping a check on any crazy activities, etc. After all, it is your wedding party and managing the event should be the last thing on your mind.
The choice of drinks like whiskey, vodka, rum, wine, beer will depend upon the wedding function. If the bar menu is for the cocktail night, then you can have hard drinks like whiskey or vodka on the menu. However in bigger functions like reception, wedding, and Sangeet; the bar menu should only consist of light alcoholic drinks like cocktails, champagne, wine, and beer.
It is not necessary for all the guests at the party to consume alcohol. But that doesn't mean they should not enjoy the party - hence you should keep an array of non-alcoholic drinks on the menu. There are good options like Virgin Mojito, Berry Blast, Blue Lagoon, Pinacolada, etc.
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In India it is not common for people to have an open bar counter at weddings, barring Punjabi weddings which are considered boring without booze. Owing to this, a lot of couples prefer having a private and small cocktail or bachelor night with a limited number of guests. You should invite people who can handle drinks, and not create nuisance at the party.
This point is relevant for a party which is dedicated to drinking, dance, and fun - cocktail or bachelor's night. It is obvious for the guests to be drunk, and it's a common practice for them to bring along a driver to take them back home. However, you should also have some backup if a guest does not have the arrangement to travel back home or want to stay the night. Any unfortunate incident on a happy occasion will spoil moods for sure.
When it comes to parties with unlimited alcohol, it is easy for money to flow out like water. So if you're planning to include alcohol, we recommend fixing a budget set in stone. Also, hotels and resorts often charge corkage charges (aka per bottle charges) for the number of bottles opened and served to the guests. You should keep all these extra charges in mind - otherwise, the resources will get drained pretty fast.
These are our seven tips which will avoid any kind of embarrassing incident at your functions due to alcohol. If you have a funny, alcohol-related wedding story to share - we'd like to hear it from you. Comment below in the section to share it, and we will make the lesson from that experience a part of our list.
BY Aayush Pareek | 16 Feb, 2019
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