Post # 1
Here’s the situation:
We plan on serving alcohol at the reception. We’re required to hire a bartender. I’ve e-mailed a few liquor stores to get a quote on the prices of the beer and wine we’re wanting to serve, and the prices were quite a bit higher than we know we could get ourselves if we just went to the store and bought the kegs and bottles we want. We are on a pretty tight budget, so anything we can get for cheaper I’m wont to do, if I don’t think it would cause me too much stress.
We could go ahead and purchase them all ourselves, but then I’m not sure how to go about keeping 50+ bottles of wine and 1-2 kegs cold prior to the wedding. It would be very convenient to have them brought in ready to serve by someone else. But as we all know, it’s always a toss up of: throw money at the problem vs. save money and DIY.
I’m already doing a pretty heavily DIY wedding, and I’m afraid this is going to be one more thing I have to worry about the day of.
What would you do? Or married bees, what DID you do?
Post # 3
Are you having a caterer?
Most caterers, if not all, can provide a staging area with ice and barware for your drinks. Also, there are places that you can hire to just serve the drinks for you and they will set it all up for you. For example, http://www.pourgirls.com/index.htm is a place in our area that will come and set up everything and serve it too. I know they aren’t near you, but you might check into something like them around where you are to see if they can accommodate you.
Post # 4
We didn’t have a bartender and it was fine but I will tell you what my experience is. You need to get ONE person SPECIFICALLY and make them in charge of the drinks getting there and being cold that day–an uncle maybe, or a close friend of the family, or if you have a large wedding party one of them. It shouldn’t be too hard to gather some coolers and you can usually gain get drink tubs for under ten dollars if you want to go fancier. One thing you might want to consider is a creative way to serve it. For example we got a red wheelbarrow (about $40) and filled it with ice. But my best advice and I truly truly hope you take it is to be very specific in delegating. With that you should be fine.
Post # 5
@noritake – we’re having a caterer, but they’re part-time caterers so I don’t imagine they’d have the setup for a bar. Good idea about ice though, I’ll have to ask.
@babymilka – Thanks! Our venue has a bar area, to hopefully hide it if we use coolers! Since we don’t have a DOC, I’m having to work hard at letting go of all this stuff – I had originally planned to help set up the day of the wedding (for our 2 p.m. ceremony…) and realized there would be no time for me to do that!