Post # 1
there was a post awhile ago where a bee asked whether coffee with dessert was a must, and it made me realize I COMPLETELY forgot about doing coffee for our reception!! My family definitely expects it, and they’re atleast half of the 100 guests.
I’d LOVE to do a fancy espresso bar, but I don’t think that’s in the cards… We have 200$ wiggle room to stay under budget. I don’t think we can afford the coffee makings AND another server to man it. Any DIY coffee station ideas?
The town we’re having it in has a Starbucks, a dunkin donuts and…. That’s pretty much it. Would you be disappointed to drink dunkin at a wedding? I’m not sure how we’re going to serve it or keep the boxes of joe warm ahhhhh
suggestions greatly needed!
Post # 2
Most catering companies will have a big ole’ coffee dispenser that you can rent for really reasonable! I for one, love Dunkin coffee (not so much starbucks).
If I were you I would do a DIY coffee stand.
-Regular coffee dispenser
-Decaf coffee dispenser
-Maybe a hot chocolate dispenser too?
-chocolate, caramel, vanilla syrup
-Kahula and Baileys 😉
-Maybe a couple blenders and ice if you could hire someone to make DIY frappes out of the ingredients?
Post # 3
chigirl217bride: *damnnnn girl* your coffee bar game is on fleek!
OP, since your wedding is in June, maybe do a cold brew / iced coffee bar? Then you don’t have to worry about keeping it hot. You can easily make cold brew concentrate ahead of time and dilute it in a regular cold drink dispenser. You can use higher quality beans if your family is a bunch of coffee snobs.
We hired a local roaster (Oakland, the Brooklyn of the West Coast :P) for our coffee bar and everyone loved it. May Wedding, so we offered cold brew on nitro and pour over. That said, I would LOVE LOVE LOVE Dunkin’ — reminds me of my East Coast days.
We ran out of coffee before we ran out of booze.
Post # 4
chigirl217bride: ahhh thankyou, i’ll look into renting coffee dispensers! Great ideas for extras Too. I was thinking some whiskey for Irish coffees, but syrups and sprinkles sound so cute! XD Fiance loves hot chocolate so it shouldn’t be too difficult to add that. And it would be Dunkin, of course! Wayyyy better than Starbucks.
bitsybee: cold brew coffee is a great idea! I think the older crowd is hot coffee even on hottest days, but doing cold brew would be super easy and delicious.
Post # 5
I’d drink coffee in a train, on a plane, with a fox and I would drank that shit anywurrr….I sho do love my coffee.
That DIY coffee idea is awesome! If you don’t want to do it, there are plenty of places that will cater and have items to keep it warm.
Post # 6
Not too much to add, Dunkin coffee is awesome and I would be happy to drink it at a wedding. The idea of a DIY coffee station sounds awesome!
Post # 7
shortstop: Check with your venue and all your vendors. I rented a big coffeemaker from my rental company, about $30. I got sweetners from dollar store, ground coffee and the little creamer cups from costco. Cups are avail at amazon but I got them wtih my other paper/plates at smartyhadaparty.
BUT when I was cleaning up the next day at the venue I noticed they had in the little kitchen (there’s a small kitchen in the room used for bridal party and storage and catering) that they had like 3 different industrial coffee makers hanging out in their kitchen. I could have borrowed one. I didn’t ask and I don’t even think the lady runnning the venue knew they were there. They also had tons of sweeteners, cups, creamers left over from previous events/weddings, I could totally have just used that.
As for man power, either my DOC (day of cord) or my caterers brewed the coffee- I don’t know who but it got brewed. It wasn’t a big expense. But I bought too many cups, you don’t need one per guest becuase not everyone drinks it.