September 19, 2017

Choosing the Right Kind of Bar for Your Wedding

When it comes to  your special day, stocking the bar can be one of the more challenging aspects of wedding planning. Should you only serve wine and beer? Is liquor too risky? How much should you buy? We get it–there are so many questions! The bar will probably be the most frequented spot at your wedding, so you will want to have plenty of refreshments for your guests! Never fear–we have put together a list of things to consider when creating your perfect wedding bar.

(Photographer: Star Noir Photography)

The Styles

There are several styles to choose from when deciding which type of bar you want for your special day. Want to be the hostess-with-the-mostest?

  • Open Bar

Give your guests unlimited drinks and variety with an open bar. This style is great if you know your guests are heavy drinkers that like variety. Wine, beer, cocktails–your guest can choose their favorite libation with no restrictions.

  • Limited Bar

The style of your bar should be similar to every other aspect of your wedding: unique. If an open bar isn’t the right fit for your wedding, consider choosing a limited bar. Provide a signature cocktail or two (a perfect option to showcase your individual personalities) along with an assortment of wine and beer. This less expensive option still provides your guests with a decent amount of choices while also being budget friendly.

  • Wine & Beer

Want to keep things simple? Skip the spirits. Many couples are choosing to serve wine and beer only as a cost-saving strategy, as well as a means of ensuring that nothing (and no overly excited guests) gets too out of hand!

(Photographer: Star Noir Photography)

How much should you buy?

When deciding what to purchase, it is good to assume that each guest will consume one drink per hour. Keep in mind that people often set drinks down and get new ones as they move about the reception, so it is good to overestimate! After choosing the bar style that best fits your wedding, simply multiply the number of your drinking-age guests by the number of hours in your reception. Determine how many servings you can get out of a bottle of wine, your chosen liquors, or a keg of beer, do some simple division and multiplication, and you have a great idea of what to purchase on your next trip to the package store. You can also use this amazing alcohol calculator if you don’t want to do all of the math yourself!

(Photographer: Star Noir Photography)

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