Can You BYO Alcohol at a South Asian Wedding?

The short answer is it depends on the venue. The MAJORITY of venues do not allow BYO. Because of liquor license requirements and liability issues, they must provide all alcohol.

The handful of venues that do allow BYO wine and hard alcohol are banquet halls or venue spaces – not hotels. At those venues you’re required to hire a licensed bartender and will be required to provide a copy of his/her valid license.

side note: best practice is 1 bartender for every 75 guests

BYO Wine
However, there are a handful of venues that allow you to bring your own wine (no hard alcohol), including hotels. The venues charge a corkage fee per bottle. It’s usually in the range of $18/750mL bottle. When you consider that the average glass of wine at a South Asian wedding venue is about $9, and a 750mL bottle of wine serves about 6 drinks – that’s worth it.

Serving Matters
You have to dig deeper though. One venue we work with allows BYO wine but not in the way you’re thinking, where you’d supply the wine bottles and the bartender will serve as guests approach the bar. What this venue does with donated wine bottles is have the servers approach each person at their table — champagne toast style.

Now that you don’t want to do because some people will accept the glass of wine, but just sip on it. They accept simply because it was offered. In that case, you’ll waste a lot of money.

It’s important to know these details; and part of our free venue service at ShaadiShop is to provide you with them.

You might also like our guide on how consumption bars work.

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