Once a wedding date is set and your reception venue booked. It’s time to select the menu beverages. Couples enjoy creating a signature drink based on their wedding style.
You may choose more than one signature drink. Be sure to include non-alcoholic signature drinks too.
Stocking the Reception bar.
This is where a lot of budgets go off the track. The reception hours. The number of guests. The guests ages. From this information you can figure out what you need. Then decide what you really want to buy.
If money is no object have an open bar with bartenders.
DO NOT have a cash bar. Guests don’t get invited to a party to pay for their beverages. It is okay to serve only wine and beer.
If you are handling your own reception catering you’ll need to know how much alcohol to buy. Some guests may be content with some good wedding wines. Others may prefer beer. Some guests won’t be drinking alcohol. Create a non-alcoholic punch.
The average consumption is about one drink per hour. For 100 guests count on two cases of beer. Three cases of wine. A case and a half of champagne. Two fifths of the more popular liquors. Spirts vodka. Scotch. Bourbon. Whiskey and rum. Also add appropriate ethnic liquors. Mixers to add are fruit juices. Soda. Tonic and water. Also the non-alcoholic punch menu ingredients.
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