Post # 1
We’re on a really tight budget. I thought having my wedding at my aunt’s B&B would save us a ton of money, until we had to drop $2,500 on the rentals (tent/tables/chairs/table cloths/dinnerware/lighting). Sigh.
Aside from having a couple bottles of wine on every table (1 red, 1 white,) I wanted to have other alcohol. The FI’s brother even called him to “ask what the alcohol situation is going to be like,” so I know some of our guests will be looking forward to it.
I was thinking about making up a big batch of, for example, an Old Fashioned, in a drink dispenser with a spout. So guests can serve themselves (grab a cup, and some ice, and pour themselves an Old Fashioned). I could have 2 of them: one could be an Old Fashioned, and one could be maybe a Cosmopolitan.
Would that be a good idea? Any other suggestions? Also, what could I keep the ice in, so it stays frozen the longest for the guests?
(There are going to be abour 30-50 guests total, just for size reference)
Post # 3
We are doing pre mixed cocktails in an ice bath that guests will be able to add ice too. You can use some kind of jar with lid; they even sell them with straws already attached.
Post # 4
I think your idea sounds like an ideal arrangement. One whiskey drink, one vodka drink, and wine at the table should satisfy the vast majority.
Post # 5
You can do it that way. We hired a couple of people for $10/hour and they got to keep tips (They made out really well!). It only cost us $40/person for the bartenders. It was well worth it.
Post # 6
@LadyMoriarty: I had a casual aquantaince that was getting married several years ago (I wasn’t invited to the wedding, since we were not close) but she asked me and a friend if we would bartend for her. We served wine, beer in bottles and a sig cocktail. She paid us a nominal fee, but allowed us to have a tip jar. We made out like bandits and she saved $$ by not having to pay a real bartender!
Post # 7
+1 to all who mentioned getting an acquaintance/cousin’s friend/neighbor/etc to “bartend” but with a simple bar of bottled beer, signature cocktail or rail mixers and wine! I have seen this work well multiple times!