Everyone loves a good party (and an open bar!), but there’s a chance your guest list includes someone who has a tendency to overdo it occasionally. As the evening’s hosts, you’ll want to make sure every one of your wedding guests has a blast — and also doesn’t get out of hand and make the evening less enjoyable for the rest of your friends and family. So what steps can you take to make sure a guest who loves to drink doesn’t get, well, too drunk? Our experts weigh in.
This is where having a great staff for your wedding can really come in handy. Before the big day arrives, it’s a good idea to walk your wedding planner through any sticky situations, from family tension to guests who are known to take “drunk” too far. Giving them a heads-up will help your planner keep an eye out for problems before they get too big, as well as share any important information with other vendors who will be around on your wedding day.
Let your caterer and the bartenders know who to keep an eye out for, as well. Whether serving drinks to the table or just the bar, they’ve usually got a keen eye for a guest who has had too much, and can help to cut them off (or at least slow them down), as well as make sure there’s a full glass of water nearby!
Another great way to help curb any excessive drinking is to skip the shots altogether. Shots get guests drunk faster, and people often end up drinking more because, well, they’re so small. You’ll also go through the booze much faster, as it isn’t cut with mixers so guests will keep coming back. Instead, specify mixed drinks only. Many venues don’t allow shots, anyway, so you may not even have to make the call!
If you’re still concerned, consider recruiting a friend or family member of the guest in question to help keep an eye on them. While you don’t want anyone to have to spend the night babysitting, you should make sure someone is prepared to step in and take the guest in question home if they do end up having too much to drink.
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