Providing your own Wedding drinks – how much do you need?

Providing your own wedding drinks on your special day is a great way to have what drinks you want. Also, if you have contacts with a local wine merchant or brewery it maybe cost effective.

providing your own wedding drinksWhat do you need to know if you’re providing your own wedding drinks?

  1. Firstly, don’t assume that because you drink one particular drink, all of your Guests will like the same. Make sure you’ve got a good variety of drinks (alcoholic and non alcoholic)
  2. Have a good selection and plenty of glasses.  Remember to allow for any breakages. The types of glasses you will need are: Pint glasses, Hi-Balls, Wine glasses, Small glasses (For shots) Champagne flutes
  3. Measure your drinks If you are providing your own wedding drinks, the chances are you are also operating a free bar.  Serve single shots of spirits.  Not only will this avoid you running out of drinks, it will also prevent your Guests going mad with the gin or vodka and getting too drunk –  well too early anyway.
  4. Make sure you’ve got the correct equipment.  You will need measures for your spirits, Ice providing your own wedding drinks(lots of it and freezing facilities for storage) limes and lemons, small chopping board and knife, Cocktail shaker (if applicable) Bottle opener (I suiggest more than one as they always go missing) Glass washing faciliites and dustpan and brush and mop for any breakages.
  5. Staffing Think about who is going to serve your drinks.  I have worked on a wedding where the Bride and Groom organised a rota system for their guests to work the bar. This worked well.  Alternatives could be the Catering company may provide staff.  You may some local young people who will operate the bar for you.  Don’t forget you need staff to collect glasses also.

providing your own wedding drinksFinally, you need to think hard about how much alcohol you need to supply for providing your own wedding drinks.  The last thing you want is to run out before the evening reception starts.  For help on this and to receive a free guide, click on the link and fill in your details with “Free Drinks Guide” in the subject


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