Response: Hello Jessica, It is your decision how much alcohol to allow. I would err on the side of having too little rather than risking the liability involved with allowing guests to drink too much. If you provide the alcohol, you will be legally responsible for the actions of your guests.
The bar catering service I use figures that about one-third of guests will not drink at all; either too young or dont drink. About one-third will have one or maybe two drinks, and the remaining third will drink much more, partcularly if they are near college age.
You will need to decide how much alcohol you can afford to host and how long to serve it. You should cut it off about an hour before you expect the reception to end, and begin providing soft drinks, punch, and/or coffee. Whether your guests will drink more beer than wine will depend on your circle of friends.
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