Let us handle every aspect of beverage service for your party. Bartenders, ice, bottled water, mixes, sodas, cups, garnishes, portable bars, alcohol ordering, we will provide
everything you need to host your full bar using your alcohol. This all inclusive package is the easiest way to throw a party!
Hiring a wedding bartender and purchasing your own alcohol for your reception is a great way to stretch those wedding dollars. Many venues require you to purchase their alcohol which can cost thousands of dollars for
an open bar and be one of your biggest expenses. Why not give your guests and yourself more for less? Find venues that allow you to provide your own alcohol and hire a bartender. Purchasing your alcohol at liquor
store pricing and being able to return the leftovers will have a huge effect on your budget. Visit our preferred vendors tab.
A bartending service will not only save you money, it will allow you to get creative and add your special touch to the reception. How about a lavender infused lemonade after the ceremony or Italian sodas for the kids?
We can work with you to create a specialty drink that goes with your wedding theme. Bartenders4you have worked hundreds of weddings and are excited to help you with yours.
Wedding Bar Tips
- 1. Choose venue that lets you bring your own alcohol
- 2. Hire a bartending service- you would not trust your DJ to cater the food so make sure you have a bartender that can “make” drinks and not just somebody standing behind the bar pouring drinks
- 3. Make sure your wedding bartenders are insured and TABC certified
- 4. Wine and beer vs. full bar- If you cant afford to offer a full bar, try to come up with one or two special drinks to accompany your wine and beer. You will still make the cocktail drinkers happy but you will only have to purchase one or two kinds of liquors, saving you money.
When throwing a cocktail party at your home you really need to put some thought into the flow of your party. Where are people going to congregate and where are the possible bottlenecks. If your hiring a bartending service, you want to pick a space for the bar thats not on carpet, there will be some spillage. Also its nice to have the bar in an area thats contained so guests wont be able to see or get behind the bar. This keeps the clutter and extra supplies out of site and your bar area looking sleek. Be sure that you have plenty of space between the bar and any tables and chairs as people tend to congregate at the which can leave to a bottleneck.
To many people make the mistake of putting all of the food in the kitchen, this can lead to some major traffic jams. Try to spread some of your food stations through out the house. People will naturally keep circulating and moving around and ultimately meeting and talking to more people, which is what cocktail parties are all about!
With all the hard work involved in planning for your event, you deserve to be a part of it as much as you intend your guests to be. A full beverage service involves great drinks, a varied selection to choose from, and a professional bartender that can mix up any cocktail that you choose to have on the menu, provide the flare, and leave you stress free from clean up and worrying if your guest are enjoying themselves or have enough to drink. Hiring a professional bartender will also save you money for we are trained to make drinks properly and so over pouring is not an issue, along with over purchasing.
Yes when we meet in person for our consult and upon hiring Bartenders4you we will inquire about your general guest profile and from there will customize a suggested bar inventory that we are sure you and your guests will be satisfied with. We our professionals and it is our job and expertise how many drinks you will need for your numbered guest list. We also take into consideration your food menu your ration of non alcoholic drinkers and your under age guest.
No, the liquor is not included, but we can offer you a shopping service to pick up the alcohol that you need for your event, you purchase it and we pick it up.
Exceptions: Margarita Service, Sangria Service, and Keg Service
No you do not, we allow 30 min before and after your event for proper set up and we will always clean up of our area.
A bartender is TABC certified and trained professional that has the skill set and expertise to prepare and appreciate any drink MIXOLOGIST. A server is certified to serve with smart serve, but does not necessarily have the skill set to prepare cocktails. They can however, add an important element to your event by passing around drinks, or taking drink orders, this helps insure your guests are taken care of especially in large events.
Generally, we recommend one bartender for every 75-100 guests, this will ensure reduced wait time and will allow your bartender to give every guest the quality service that they deserve. * Drink Menus can either reduce this ration or increase
Bars add class and sophistication to your event, we have portable bars that can be included in your package if you want that extra flare. if your budget does not allow for the extra you will need to provide adequate area for proper service.
Your bartender will bring all the adequate tools to mix all your drinks to perfection, including, shakers, tins, cheaters, strainers, pour spouts, bar key, wine opener, and bar towels. We can also provide ice, cups, straws, napkins, garnishes at additional fee. Along with mixers, juices, and sodas.
Yes, we require a deposit and signed contracts for all events to lock in your date. We want to assure you that we will be there and we want to be assured that you are serious about retaining our services.
Yes, we are required by TABC to id any and all guest we feel looks to be under age. We will not serve to any minor or to any one that doesn't have proper identification.
Yes, when you sign a contract with Bartenders4you you are allowing us to use our judgment to control the alcohol being served to any guest we feel is intoxicated to the point of potentially hurting themselves or others. We want every one to have a great time but to be safe.
Yes, we do not allow guests to self serve at a event that we were hired to service. We will allow them to bring the alcohol to the bar area where we can mark their name and serve them and will return the bottle to them at the end of the night.
WE WILL NEVER DRINK AT YOUR EVENT WE ARE A PROFESSIONAL SERVICE AND WE ARE THERE TO MAKE SURE EVERY ONE IS HAVING A GOOD TIME AND IS SAFE DOING SO; THERE FOR OUR UNALTERED JUDGMENT IS NECESSARY!
Always choose to have your bartender bring the ice; we have had so many clients that choose to bring their ice only to save a few bucks and guess what ice is the very last thing a bride or groom has on their mind the day of the wedding.
Just because your friends and family are "BIG Drinkers" doesn't mean they are going to be BIG drinkers at your wedding reception. I promise you that you will not need seven Kegs and 20 bottles of liquor at your reception. If you hire a beverage service that incourages you to buy huge amounts of alcohol please do your homework, especially if you are buying from them directly. You could be stuck with abunch of unused alcohol that that cater gets to keep that you paid for.
Choose a venue that allows you to choose your Beverage Service this can save you hundreds or even thousands of dollars. Also, choose a Beverage service that allows you to purchase the alcohol, again you will save money because any unopened bottles can be returned to the store. Saving you lots of money...
Signature Drinks ARE NOT ALWAYS A BIG HIT! Signature cocktails are not going to satify everyones taste, when we did our signature tasting there was a variety of drinks for every taste bud, and there was a few drinks some either really loved and others thought yuck. So out of all your guests just because a lemon drop martini is your favorite others will not like it.
ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS GET REFERENCES NO MATTER WHO YOU CHOOSE...EVEN ASK VENUES...WE TALK TO MANY VENUES THAT HAVE HAD BAD EXPERIENCES WITH OTHER BARTENDING SERVICES, NOT SHOWING OR THE BARTENDER GETS DRUNK AT YOUR EVENT
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Signature Cocktails are a fun and innovated way to express your theme, personality, or colors for your event or party. We offer free Signature Cocktails Tastings and Creation Classes with your booked event or party. It is a private session just for you where we build your very own Signature Cocktails and you get to Taste them All !
Wedding Signature Cocktails
For brides on a budget, a signature wedding cocktail can be a great way to go. At your wedding reception, rather than having an open bar, serve your guests beer and wine, champagne for the toast, and then one special cocktail. Make sure it has a fun and flirty name, and consider making a festive sign announcing it for the bar.
Here are a few suggestions for that signature wedding cocktail:
Love is in the Air
2 oz. sloe gin
2 dashes raspberry syrup
2 dashes lemon juice
1 egg white
Put all ingredients in a shaker with ice, shake well, strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Drop a raspberry in the glass for a special touch.
Wedding Belle Cocktail
3/4 oz Dubonnet
3/4 oz Gin
1 Dash of Cherry Brandy
1 Dash of Orange Juice
Shake all ingredients with ice, strain into a cocktail glass, and serve.
Sealed with a Kiss
2 oz chocolate liqueur such as Godiva or Crème de Cacao
1.5 oz vodka
Pour all ingredients into a shaker with ice,shake well, and pour into a chilled cocktail glass. Put a Hershey's Kiss in the bottom for the added love touch.
1 1/2 oz rum
2 oz cranberry juice
2 oz orange juice
Pour all ingredients into a cocktail glass over ice. Stir and serve with an orange slice.
And, if you already have a favorite cocktail, feel free to rename it with a cute wedding-appropriate name.
If cocktails are not your thing, try a wedding punch. Almost any punch can be a wedding punch, but here are two examples. The first is the luxurious version, the second is more budget-minded. Make sure you have more chilled ingredients standing by in case your guests are thirsty!
Elegant Wedding Punch
Makes 16 cups
1/2 cup Chambord raspberry
1 cup Triple Sec
1 cup Brandy
2 cups pineapple juice
1 liter of ginger ale
2 bottles dry champagne
The night before the wedding, chill the ginger ale and the dry champagne. Combine the Chambord, Triple Sec, brandy and pineapple juice in a bowl, cover, and chill overnight. When ready to serve, combine all ingredients and serve in a pretty bowl with ice cubes.
Traditional Wedding Punch
Makes 20 cups
2 cups vodka
4 cups unsweetened pineapple juice
4 cups unsweetened cranberry juice
64 oz ginger ale
2 cups sugar
Mix all ingredients together and serve in a large punch bowl with plenty of ice. Adjust vodka and sugar to your taste. If you are using sweetened juices, you may choose to forgo the sugar altogether.
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