There is nothing like having a bar at your wedding. It is an easy way to move from the marriage rites and ceremony to the celebratory activities. Before you decide on alcohol:
- Verify if the venue you are using has a cork charge (if so, you will want to include such costs in your overall budget).
- If you are setting up the bar yourself, be sure to stock enough for your intended number of guests (the typical formula is 1 drink per person per hour).
There are several types of bar styles that we feature for rental. Of course, each of them can be modified in thousands of ways to accommodate your décor, theme, and guest size. While you are choosing your bar style, you’ll need to determine the way your bar functions. Below are the three main ways that most couples set up their alcoholic bar.
If you have an open bar, your guests will love you! It is the most generous bar approach, but it will raise the total cost of your wedding. Open bars, if you don’t know, allow guests to order any drink they desire. When there is an open bar, your guests will likely drink more than normal. Hence, you may want to increase your overall alcohol budget.
To relieve yourself of a huge alcohol bill, you could limit the number of drinks each guest can have for free. Such an arrangement would be a limited bar. In this setup, you would set not only the number of drinks but also the types that are available to your guests without cost. To control bar access and to have things run smoothly, here are some strategies:
- Have specific times for when alcoholic beverages are served.
- Hire wait staff to distribute drinks so that guests do not overwhelm the bar.
- Limit the amount of time the bar is open.
- Give drink tickets each guest along with their invitations.
The least expensive way to go is using a cash bar. Every guest pays for their share of what they drink.