Post # 1
For some reason, the thing that stresses me out the most is ICE! We will have wine, all of our mixes, beer, and 200 pre-done mason jar drinks that need to be cold. We only have one fridge on the property. How should we keep this cold overnight and until they are set out at the reception? Yes, once the reception starts, they will be kept in big tubs of ice and coolers behind the bar. It is a outdoor reception so they aren’t too many options besides Ice. Any idea on how to best handle all of this??
Post # 3
@Chanahan_6: I’d stick with the ice buckets all the way through: Ice water in large buckets or coolers. I was a bartender for quite a long time, and anything in iced water gets colder than a fridge. You could try putting ziploc bags around the bottled beer with labels overnight and see if that helps keep them from coming off.
Post # 4
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
What about coolers full of dry ice? It shouldn’t get the labels wet and it should keep the beverages cold enough until it’s time to add ice.
Post # 5
I would put whatever beverages you need to serve first in the fridge, and put the rest in huge buckets, canoes, bathtubs etc with ice when you can. They will chill fairly quickly in ice water.
You could aslo consider bringing them out to the venue or having them delivered already cold.
Another option would be to rent a fridge or cooler. You could run it off a portable generator if necessary.