There are basically three different types of bars you should consider when deciding on what you want at your reception.
- Open Bar
- Full Bar
- Cash Bar
Open bar means that you, the host, are responsible for the cost and guests can drink as much as they like of what you have decided to offer. This can be anything from a few select liquors and mixes, beer and wine, or even just the specialty drinks you have chosen to serve.
Full bar means it is a fully stocked bar. Guest order their drink of choice and can have as much as they like. You as the host are responsible for the cost.
Cash bar means that guests pay for their own drinks. This is an absolute etiquette no-no for a wedding. If a full or open bar is not in your budget, consider not having alcohol at all before you consider a cash bar.
If you are looking for ways to save on your bar, think about only serving beer and wine. If you purchase a keg and boxed wine your bartender can put the beer in glasses and the wine in a carafe to serve to your guests.
Wondering if you should have champagne for the toast? Typically the champagne toast is a waste of money. Only half of them will actually drink the champagne and the rest will go to waste. Your guests can toast you with whatever drink they have in their hand. Leave the champagne for you and your groom. You could also put it on the head table if you like.
Our last tip is that you always have an ABC licensed bartender to handle liability issues. You should not have to be worried about those during you wedding reception. You should be enjoying the party!
One more little suggestion… Don’t forget the ice! It is one of the most important parts of a bar but it is also the most forgotten. Remember lots and lots of ice!
For more information about Jan-Bo’s on the Rocks:
Contact: George or Janis Bobier
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