Alcohol Policy

Our Alcohol Policy

Please review our alcohol policy for your events. Magnolia Manor Plantation does not have an ABC license, and, therefore, cannot provide your alcohol. You are welcome to provide the alcohol for your event(s).  There will be no minimum bar bill from Magnolia Manor and no surprises!  Magnolia Manor Plantation requires that when you elect to bring your own, you are, additionally, responsible for any ingredients that go in the glass, and all necessary ice to cool your alcohol. Magnolia Manor Plantation provides the bar tender for four hours at your reception and two hours at your rehearsal dinner if you elect to have Magnolia Manor host your rehearsal dinner.

North Carolina has a set of requirements as well. Generally, if you limit the alcohol to beer and wine, there are no requirements to obtain a State Permit.  A “Limited Special Occasion Permit” is required for fortified wine and spirituous (hard) liquor.  Fortified wine is defined below with an excerpt from the State’s website

What is fortified wine and spirituous liquor?

“Fortified wine means any wine, of more than sixteen percent (16%) and no more than twenty-four percent (24%) alcohol by volume, made by fermentation from grapes, fruits, berries, rice, or honey; or by the addition of pure cane, beet, or dextrose sugar; or by the addition of pure brandy from the same type of grape, fruit, berry, rice, or honey that is contained in the base wine and produced in accordance with the regulations of the United States. Unfortified wine means any wine of sixteen percent (16%) or less alcohol by volume, made by fermentation from grapes, fruits, berries, rice, or honey; or by the addition of pure cane, beet, or dextrose sugar; or by the addition of pure brandy from the same type of grape, fruit, berry, rice, or honey that is contained in the base wine and produced in accordance with the regulations of the United States.”

Limited Special Occasion Permit

A limited special occasion permit authorizes the permittee to bring fortified wine and spirituous liquor onto the premises of a business, with the permission of the owner of that property, and to serve those alcoholic beverages to the permittee’s guests at a reception, wedding, party or other special occasion being held there. The permit may be issued to any individual other than the owner or possessor of the premises. An applicant for a limited special occasion permit shall have the written permission of the owner or possessor of the property on which the special occasion is to be held. Complete an Application for Limited Special Occasion Permit and submit with the $50 fee.

Permits under this section are to be issued only for the limited circumstances and not as substitutes for other retail permits. Special one-time permits shall be valid only for the singe transaction or the kind of activity specified in the permit and shall be subject to any conditions the Commission may impose as to the time, place and manner of the authorized activity. Denial or revocation of a permit under his section shall not entitle the applicant or permittee to a hearing.

How to Apply for a Limited Special Occasion Permit

You can apply for a Limited Special Occasion Permit here: http://abc.nc.gov/application/menu.aspx?f=124.  If you elect to obtain a Limited Special Occasion Permit, you must provide Magnolia Manor Plantation with a copy of the Permit as you are subject to audit by the State.  Magnolia Manor Plantation, additionally, requires a complete understanding of what alcohol you plan to provide so that we can staff for your event accordingly.

Please note that there is a section at the bottom of page 2 of the permit application that requires Magnolia Manor Plantation’s signature before the application can be submitted. Please bring the application with you to your planning meeting for us to sign if you intend to pursue a Limited Special Occasion Permit.

Magnolia Manor Plantation strongly suggests that if you bring your own alcohol you obtain “Event Insurance” through your personal insurance agent to cover your alcohol liability.  Magnolia Manor Plantation can suggest an insurance agent if you need assistance.

How much alcohol should I purchase if I bring my own?

This is a common and important question that can be easily answered with a mathematical formula based on what we observed over the 12 years we have been hosting weddings.

If you want to include alcohol for your reception, for 100 guests at a four (4) hour reception, figure on and average of three (3) drinks per guest.  Next, estimate what percentage of your guests will be drinking beer vs. wine.  For the purpose of this calculation let’s assume 50 – 50, but that relationship changes from group to group.  50 guests drinking beer would consume about 150 cans or bottles.

If you bring a keg, one full size keg should be enough to serve 150 drinks.  Next, assume you get about 4 glasses of wine from a bottle.   50 guests drinking wine at 3 drinks per guest would be 150 drinks, divided by 4 equals about 38 bottles of wine.  Obviously, this formula needs to be modified according to your guest list and the anticipated length of your reception.

What do I need to bring?

You need to bring everything that goes in the glass.  That includes any mixer, liquor, swizzles, ice and any embellishments.  Magnolia Manor Plantation has a significant inventory of glassware in the bar but you must inform Magnolia Manor Plantation in the Planning Document if you will need any special alcohol arrangements such as a champagne toast, specific table set-up, special or personalized drinks, etc.