- 5 years ago
- Wedding: August 2013
Short back story:
We’ve a friend who we’ve known for about 3 years and has been a bartender at a local restaurant for the past 8 years. He’s by far the best bartender I’ve ever had, his drinks are wicked, and he’s super fun to watch. Anyway, FI was talking to him and asked if he’d ever served a wedding. He said no, but he’s been wanting to get into the business and offered to do our wedding for free. I’d much rather have him and his fellow bartender (who is also an amazing bartender) serve drinks at our wedding because I know they are good… and I know they will do a good job. However, our wedding is about an hour away and goes until 11:30 at night, so we were thinking about paying for their gas (given) and their hotel rooms ($39/night with our wedding block).
I know most bartenders are $150/night, and usually work 3-4 hours, so how much should we tip? I’m thinking $25 should cover their gas (if they carpool) and they would each need their own room, so roughly $60 per for the room and gas, and then we were thinking tipping them $100 each? Also, do wedding guests tip the bartender themselves? When I go to weddings I ALWAYS tip the bartender a buck or so per drink, but I don’t know if I am the norm or the exception. I do not expect my guests to tip, but I am just curious if guests typically tip. The bar is an open bar, FI and I are providing all the alcohol, and FI’s family hosts parties so they have a full bartending/serving set, and even a portable bar.
Legal things: Our venue says we have to provide our own TABC licensed bartender and all guests must be ID’d (though parents MAY provide alcohol to their minors, as per state law). We must have 1 bartender per 100 guests. Alcohol cannot be served after midnight or before 9:00 am. (lol)