If you have heavier drinkers or lighter drinks, make adjustments accordingly. Also, if you are having a specialty cocktail, keep the updated proportions in mind when going to buy the alcohol. You will need at least 2 more bottles of whatever alcohol is in your specialty cocktail. They tend to become a popular drink throughout the night as people want to get into the theme and fun of your wedding!
Don’t forget it takes much more than just alcohol to stock your bar. You will also need mixers, such as tonic, club soda, and other sodas or juices. You will also need garnishments and keep in mind; your specialty cocktail will most likely have a special garnishment. The bar will also need certain tools such as shakers or strainers. Either make sure you provide the tools or ask other wedding vendors!
You can always ask your caterer to help with some of the bar add-ons needed. Especially ask about the ice. They will need ice for their own purposed and better them than you lugging all of that ice around! The cost won’t be much different than if you bought it for yourself. You caterer should also be aware of what you plan on serving so they are prepared with the correct amounts of drinkware. And don’t forget to tip everyone! Here is a simple and easy to follow wedding vendor tipping cheat sheet!
If you are looking for more specific numbers, here is a helpful drink calculator we have used in the past: http://www.evite.com/pages/party/drink-calculator
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