Dos and Don’ts of Wedding Bars
The bar is an important component of almost every wedding. Whether or not the guests are big drinkers, there will need to be a drink station of some sort. There are many different aspects of a bar to consider when planning a successful wedding. Below are the dos and don’ts of wedding bars.
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- Create a signature drink. Signature drinks show your guests a bit of your personality. You can choose a favorite cocktail or put a twist on an already classic drink. Signature drinks double your drink choices if you are just having a beer and wine bar and give your guests another option without costing as much as having a full bar of liquor.
- Know your guests. Offer a variety of drinks depending on your guest list. Are they mostly college friends that drink beer and wine or are they older family members who will appreciate a glass of whiskey? Interested in a whiskey bar? Consider Old Hickory Whiskey Bar , located in Pensacola, FL.
- Have a drink menu. This will allow your guests to know what is offered before they get to the front of the bar line. It will make their choice easier and speed up the wait time for a drink.
- Inform your guests. Let your guests know, on the reception card, as to whether they can expect an open or cash bar at your reception.
- Have a cash bar. If you are trying to save money there are other options such as beer and wine only, or one signature drink over a fully stocked liquor bar. If you are going to have a cash bar, consider having an open cocktail hour or provide wine complimentary for your guests.
- Self-serve. Guests will drink more if you leave bottles of wine on the tables opposed to making them line up for a drink.
- Forget to tip the bartender. Whether the bartender has a tip jar or you give them a tip at the end of the evening, make sure the bartender is thanked for their service.
- Forget about non-alcoholic beverages. One option is to include a non-alcoholic version of your signature drink for the non-drinkers and kids at the wedding.