Wedding Bar Tips and Tricks to Keep the Good Times Rolling
You’ve secured a date, locked down your dream venue and planned your menu. Now it’s time to think about one of the most popular elements of your wedding: the bar.
You can either hire a professional to handle all of the details when creating your wedding bar package or go the DIY route. Brewmasters Mobile offers the best of both worlds: It works with couples to customize a selection of drinks and services while taking the stress off their hands by coordinating and supplying all of the necessary elements of the bar.
Wedding Bar Experts: Brewmasters Mobile
Brewmasters is a locally owned and operated restaurant specializing in craft beer and made-to-order sandwiches that opened its doors to the Wilson, North Carolina, community in 2013. Today, the company offers mobile bar services for weddings and events with Brewmasters Mobile. This extension of the business supplies alcohol, unique bar setups (including the iconic Heidi the Hopbox, a blue horse trailer that was converted into a bar), cups, napkins, ice and more to create the ideal bar for your perfect day. Brewmasters Mobile can even help with the selection of bartenders – one of the only vendors that your guests will interact with throughout the evening.
Chances are, your guests will head straight to the bar after the wedding ceremony. Learn how you can amp up your bar with unique cocktails and decorations and make the part of your reception that people will rave about long after your wedding is over. Brewmasters Mobile shares its top tricks and tips to make your wedding bar stand out!
Bar Service Basics
If you plan to serve alcohol at your wedding, the best decision you can make is hiring professional bar services. While it’s legal to buy a limited special occasion permit that authorizes a person to serve alcohol at your venue, as the host you become liable should any illegal activities occur. To avoid problems with the law, hire an ABC-licensed NC company.
Not only will they assist you in managing the bar, bartenders and alcohol, but they’ll also ensure everything runs smoothly so you can enjoy your night instead of worrying over keeping the bar stocked. Check with your venue to see if bar services are handled in-house (usually as a line-item or package fee) or if you can book local bar services to stock your bar with your favorite drinks.
Hiring a professional, fun and experienced bar team is extremely important, explains Brewmasters Mobile’s bar manager, Molly Youssef.
Building Your Wedding Bar Package
Molly recommends starting the process of selecting the drinks for your reception by considering: your favorite options; what appeals to a wide selection of guests; and last, but not least, a drink that has a meaningful connection to your love story. Was your first date at a local brewery? Did you drink a specific type of wine on the night that you got engaged?
While you want your guests to enjoy themselves, your wedding should also be all about celebrating you! That being said, if you love a specific beverage, but know it isn’t widely popular, Brewmasters Mobile can provide a small stash of that option just for you and your spouse.
Another way to infuse your personality into your wedding bar is to offer signature cocktails. Molly encourages selecting “cocktails that pair well together, aren’t too similar in flavor, fit with the season of the wedding and that the couple loves.” You can also offer a signature mocktail if you’d like a non-alcoholic option. A sparkling lemonade or simply making your signature drinks without liquor are sure to please your guests.
Bar Furniture Rentals
If your venue doesn’t include a bar built into the event space, local rental companies can provide a bar to match your wedding theme and style. Some rental companies are now offering bar rentals that come with plastic or acrylic bar shields to ensure COVID-19 safety. Whether you’re looking for a bar made of barn wood, unique serving vessels or a white marble bar top, these local rental companies have you covered.
Now You’ve Stocked The Bar – But Have You Decorated It?
Elevate your bar with decorations that will catch the eye of guests and keep them coming back for another drink! Encourage your guests to use eco-friendly yet decorative straws, or provide beautiful glassware for sipping in style. Consider creating an inviting lounge seating area near the bar to encourage guests to mingle. If possible, make the bar double-sided so that guests can avoid long waits.
We also love the idea of a statement shelf to display your glassware and the types of alcohol provided or personalizing your bar with signs to showcase your signature cocktail. If the bar is going to be a place where your guests are spending a lot of time, we suggest that you prioritize incorporating some of these subtle yet memorable decorations.
Personalize Your Wedding Bar With Signature Cocktails
Another way to infuse your personality into your wedding bar is to offer signature cocktails. Spicing up your wedding bar package with signature cocktails can be daunting, but Molly encourages selecting “cocktails that pair well together, aren’t too similar in flavor, fit with the season of the wedding and that the couple loves.” You can also offer a signature mocktail if you’d like a non-alcoholic option. A sparkling lemonade or simply making your signature drinks without liquor are sure to please your guests.
Here’s a list of popular wedding themes and complimentary drinks to help jump-start ideas for your personalized bar menu:
- Summer Wedding: Mint Julep
- Tropical Destination Wedding: Mai Tai
- Boho Wedding: Boho Cocktails with Edible Flowers
- Black-Tie Wedding: Old Fashioned
- Coastal Wedding: Mojito
- Brunch Wedding: Bloody Mary and Mimosa
- Rustic Farm or Barn Venue Wedding: Moscow Mule or Whiskey Sour
- Modern Wedding: Cosmopolitan or Tom Collins
Wedding Toast Do’s and Don’ts
Do keep it short and sweet
There’s plenty of guests who want to talk about the couple. Keep the toast short and positive so that everyone has a chance to speak. It’s always better to leave the audience wanting more!
Do carry a cheat sheet
Remember, this isn’t a formal presentation. It’s completely fine to hold notes outlining your toast. Plus, if you’re nervous speaking in front of crowds, having something to hold helps you focus on your speech!
Do start and finish strong
Even if you’re best friends with the bride or groom, it’s still important to introduce yourself at the beginning of your toast. Then end your toast with confidence by raising your glass and asking the guests to join you in wishing the couple a lifetime of happiness!
Wedding guests come from all different realms of the couple’s life, therefore roasting the bride or groom by bringing up an embarrassing story from college probably isn’t wise. To avoid this, have a friend look over your toast before the wedding!
Don’t make it about yourself
A wedding toast should not be an opportunity for you to talk about yourself. Focus on the couple and make sure to tell guests what you love about the them and not what you love about yourself.
Don’t rely on inside jokes
Nobody wants to listen to jokes that they don’t understand. Tell a positive anecdote that all guests can appreciate.
For more bar service options, check out our list here!