June 26, 2018

How to Handle Your Alcohol: Wedding Bar Tips

We know that having a bar at your wedding can kick up the party an extra notch. Unfortunately, sometimes it kicks it up a few too many notches. Below, we have outlined some tips for figuring out the perfect bar for your wedding day.

(Photographer: JOPHOTO)

  1. When will the bar open? We suggest waiting until after the ceremony is over to open the bar. This way guests don’t get too rowdy before the ceremony even begins, plus that means less alcohol that you have to pay for because less time is spent drinking.

    (Photographer: Juicebeats Photography)

  2. What alcohol will be served? We love the idea of signature drinks, which typically means liquor is involved. But we suggest you proceed with caution. Liquor not only means more drunk people quicker, it is also more expensive. Providing the liquor for your wedding does not just mean the liquor itself; it also entails the mixers and garnishes that go along with it. Either you will have to pay for these items and bring them to the bartender, or you will have to pay the bartender to provide them.

    (Photographer: JOPHOTO)

  3. What will the drinks be served in? Glassware is nice, but there are a couple things that you should consider. It is almost inevitable that at least one glass is going to break throughout the course of the event. We’re not saying it always happens, but it definitely does happen. Glassware is also an added expense to your budget. Typically glassware is $0.35 per glass, and you can’t just have one glass per person. The equation is one glass per person per hour of the event, so if you have 100 guests and a 5 hour event, you will pay (100x5x0.35) =$175 just for the glasses themselves. As a substitute, you can purchase nice quality plasticware from your local bulk store if glass isn’t the route you want to take.

    (Photographer: Juicebeats Photography)

  4. Who will serve the drinks? Possibly the most important detail in this equation is who will serve the alcohol at your wedding, as Tennessee state law requires a licensed bartender serve any alcohol at your event. Rather than putting a friend with an ABC card behind the bar, we strongly recommend hiring a bartending service. These companies have insurance for the service they provide, as well as assuming liability in making sure that no one is over-served.

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