We are having an open bar, and we need to provide the booze. I am wondering if anyone has any thoughts on where to purchase. Originally we had thought it might be worth it to drive down to northern CA as they are not a liquor control state and have big warehouses apparently right over the boarder. Then a coworker of mine volunteered to take me to the commissary (?) at McCord since her husband is in the Air Force. I'm really not that friendly with her, and I don't know how serious she was. I'm sure it's not that big of a deal for her, maybe just a couple hours of her time, but still. Now I'm thinking it might not be worth it as the total we might potentially save from driving all the way to CA (and staying one night in a hotel) or from asking the favor of my coworker to take me to the base might essentially be a wash. Also, when I got my banquet permit, it specifically states that all liquor served must be purchased in WA state. So, what do you guys think? Should I just go the easy route and order from our local liquor store, go to CA, or take my coworker up on the offer to go to the base? Anyone have any experience with how often someone comes and checks to see if the liquor was bought here? I feel like it would only come up if there was a problem later, but I don't want something so stupid to cause a big headache at or after the wedding.
*Edit: Our wedding is Aug. 19th and will be about 150 - 175 people.