Thursday, September 29, 2011

Tips on the Bar

“Sorry, we’re all out on beer,” is something that you definitely don’t want your guests to hear.  Having a really good bar can make a difference to the feel of the party.  So, how do you do it right without breaking the bank?

Full Bars
-       The first 1 to 2 hours of the reception is when guests consume the most drinks.  During the highest peak hours, schedule dinner, a performance, or toast to break it up. 
-       Offer the open bar in stages to save money. One before or at the beginning the reception and one towards the end of the reception.     
-       You can save 50% or more if you buy in bulk and not in bottles.
-       Stock more drinks than you need!  It’s better to have more than you need than to run out.  If you buy from someone that allows you to return unopened bottles…FANTASTIC!
-       Save the champagne for the toast.   Serving champagne throughout the event is costly. 
-       Use disposable glassware.  Glass cups rental charges are by the cup.    Keep them clear.  Use one with an edgy effect makes it classy.

Always include non-alcoholic beverages such as soda and coffee as well.  Keep in mind that you will want to staff 1 bartender for every 50 guests you have.  Long lines at the bar can really slow down the evening.  Not considering a full bar?  Select a few favorites to serve at the bar.  Or have a juice bar during cocktail hour.  The Wedding Studio can help you set one up like the photo above.   This can be absolutely fun and add festivity to the event!  Whatever you decide on, I would just recommend staying away from cash bars and you’ll be golden.

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