Sunday, October 7, 2012

DIY: How to Stock the Bar at Your Wedding Reception

Weddings are well-known for toasts and the raising of glasses,and champagne are essential for new couples and guests. But where does all that liquor come from? Here are the essential ingredients and items you will need at a minimum to stock your bar at your wedding reception.

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How much liquor will you need for 100 guests? Talk to your bartender; in the meantime, here are some averages:
  • Beer: 5 to 6 cases
  • Whiskey: 1 liter
  • Bourbon: 1 liter
  • Gin: 2 to 3 liters
  • Scotch: 2 liters
  • Light rum: 1 liter
  • Vodka: 5 liters
  • Tequila: 1 liter
  • Champagne: 1 to 1 1/2 cases
  • Red wine: 2 cases
  • White wine: 3 1/2 cases
  • Dry vermouth: 1 bottle
  • Sweet vermouth: 1 bottle
*Note: Ask if your beverage catering service will take back any unused alcohol.

The Open Bar

An open bar is the most gracious approach -- no guest should pay for anything at the wedding -- but it's also the most expensive. Guests can order any drink on the planet, and you'll have to pick up the hefty tab when the party's done. Because there's no limit. Know anyone who tends to imbibe too much? Tell the bartender in advance.

champagne essential for wedding
The Limited Bar

You offer a selection of drinks -- beer, wine, and mixed vodka drinks, for example -- and set specific low consumption time, such as the cocktail hour, the toasts, and an hour after dinner. Consider hiring waiters to pass drinks on trays rather than letting guests go up to the bar. You'll have to pay for the waiters, but you'll probably save money on alcohol, and fewer guests will go overboard. If you limit the amount of time the bar is open, make sure the waiters circulate during dinner to refill glasses of water and soda.

The Cash Bar

Don't have a cash bar without a great reason. After all, you don't invite people to your house for dinner and then charge them for the butter. Trust us on this one. It's not a good save money and is way too controversial.Tips for Planning a Beautiful Wedding On a Low Budget

A Dry House

If you, your families, and most of your VIPs don't drink alcohol, skip it. Serve sparkling water, soda, and soft mixed drinks instead. If you want some champagne for toasting, go for some token champagne or sparkling cider.

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