When it comes to planning your wedding, you want to leave no detail unnoticed. For some couples, that means having a full-service bar available at the reception. You can hire a bartending service to handle the drinks and serving for your event. Here are a few things to keep in mind when hiring a bartending service for your special day.
Serving drinks at your wedding means more than simply being able o pour a beer. Offering signature cocktails can add a special touch to your wedding day, so be sure that your bartending service offers mixology services. Ask the person in charge of booking the event about signature cocktail options, and ask whether or not the service can offer custom cocktails for your wedding. You may want one signature cocktail for the cocktail hour after the ceremony and another one to be served with dinner. The drinks designed for your wedding should fit with your wedding theme.
A full-service bartending company should be able to provide both bartenders and servers. Having servers available to pass out glasses of champagne, fill wind glasses, and distribute your signature cocktails can help make your reception feel truly special. The servers should be available throughout the reception or as long as you plan on keeping the bar open.
The last thing you want to do right before your wedding is to secure kegs, cups, mixers, and other drink accessories. Be sure that any bartending service you hire can supply everything needed to mix, pour, and serve drinks. Be sure to ask about stemware for the champagne toast when you hire a service. If your bartending company can't provide them, your catering service may be able to do so. Knowing what the bartenders plan to bring to your event can help reduce the chances of last-minute headaches before your wedding.
Ask your bartending service what the bartenders and servers plan to wear. In some cases, you can request specific types of uniforms, while others may have a dress code that remains the same for every event. If your wedding has a special theme, you may be able to provide the staff with some accessories to wear. For example, you may be able to provide the bartending service with leis for a luau-themed wedding.
If you are unsure about how to hire an event bartending company, work with your party planner to find a vendor that's perfect for your special day.