Similar to any other decision for the wedding, the first thing you’ll need to do is set your budget. A general rule of thumb is one serving per guest per hour. So based on a wedding of about 100 that runs about five hours you’ll need 500 servings. Now what those servings are made up of will dramatically affect your wallet based on the following aspects.
First up, analyze your audience. Does your family generally polish off a bottle of Scotch after Thanksgiving? Or are they more on the conservative side sticking to one glass of Chardonnay during hors d’oeuvres? These are big clues to consider what makes the most sense for your guests. In some instances, a full bar may not be needed while for other groups it would be a cardinal sin to not have whiskey within a bridal bouquet throw.
Your venue and season are also huge factors in deciding on the makeup of your bar. For example, outdoor Summer weddings generally call for more refreshing styles of drinks such as Rose and Spritzers. An indoor Winter wedding should stock some bold red wines and Old Fashioned cocktail ingredients.
You should also consider the actual time of day. If your wedding is in the evening, people tend to drink more once the sun goes down. We hope this helps, and if you have any more questions, don’t hesitate to reach out! We love wine and spirits, and love to help brides create their dream wedding bar and wedding registry. Cheers!
What did you end up doing, alcohol-wise, on your big day? Let us know in the comments!