Your wedding reception may just be the biggest party that you ever throw and when it comes to cocktails, there are infinite possibilities of ways to serve your guests a tipple so you’ll want to be sure your bars fully stocked and staffed with professional bartenders.
First things first, you’ll need to figure out your final guest count and decide how much you’re willing to spend on the booze. If paying for a fully stocked open bar will drain your budget costing you an arm and leg, don’t do it. With different bar styles and packages to choose from your wedding bar can be customized to fit your specific budget and needs. Here is a list of different bar styles to make your planning that little bit easier…
Free Flow / Open Bar — An open bar is one of the most popular bar styles for weddings and it functions precisely as the name suggests. You pay a flat per-person rate based on the amount of guests attending and guests can drink their fill of delicious bottomless cocktails.
Consumption / Consignment Bar —A consumption or consignment bar requires you to pay for all opened bottles at the end of the event rather than paying a flat per person rate.
A consumption bar is great if you know your crowd won’t drink a lot. For example if you have a large crowd with a few drinkers who aren’t likely to drink wine like its water, it wouldn’t make sense to pay a per person fee for an open bar. If your guests drink 100 drinks, you are charged for 100 drinks.
You can speak with your bar caterer and do a limited item menu or a limited tab and run a cash bar once that limit is reached. Consumption bars typically have a minimum spend requirement.
Beer & Wine Bar —A beer & wine bar offers exactly that, red & white, as well as beer, it’s a cost effective way to keep guests boozy and your wallet happy.
Dry Bar —If alcohol isn’t your thing, consider a dry bar instead. Delicious mocktails, a mix of sodas, fresh juices, infused water and tea will keep your guests hydrated and happy.
Custom Bar Package–If the bar styles above don’t seem appealing to you and you know exactly what you want, a custom package is the way to go. You can order exactly what you need and leave out everything you don’t.
At the end of the day,it’s your big day and life’s too short to be stressing, so keep in mind that no matter which option you go with, everyone’s going to have an amazing time!
To help with your bar estimations, follow these numbers:
- 1 bottle of wine = 6 servings
- 1 bottle of champagne = 6-8 servings
- 1 case of beer or wine or champagne = 12 bottles
- 750ml bottle of liquor (average size sold in Bali) = 16-18 glasses
- 1 Liter bottle of liquor (if you have guests bringing bottles through duty free) = 20-22 glasses
- 20L keg = 60 small bottles of beer 330ml
- 30L keg = 91 small bottles of beer 330ml
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