What do I need to stock a bar for my wedding?

Answered by Cody Janus

To stock a bar for your wedding, there are a few key items that you will need. Here is a detailed list to help you prepare:

1. Liquor: It’s essential to have a variety of liquors on hand to cater to different preferences. Typically, gin, vodka, and whisky are popular choices. However, feel free to add other spirits like rum or tequila if you know your guests have specific preferences. Aim to have a few bottles of each type to ensure you don’t run out.

2. Wine: Offering both red and white wine is a good idea to accommodate different tastes. Choose a medium-bodied red like Merlot or Cabernet Sauvignon and a crisp white such as Sauvignon Blanc or Chardonnay. Consider the number of wine drinkers attending your wedding and calculate accordingly.

3. Champagne or sparkling wine: To celebrate special moments like toasts or the cutting of the cake, having champagne or sparkling wine is a must. It adds a touch of elegance and can create a festive atmosphere. Determine the number of toasts and calculate how many bottles you will need. Don’t forget to have some non-alcoholic sparkling options for those who prefer not to drink alcohol.

4. Beer: It’s a good idea to offer a variety of beers to cater to different tastes. Include a mix of light, medium, and full-bodied options. Consider popular choices such as lagers, ales, or even craft beers. Estimate the number of beer drinkers and ensure you have enough to last throughout the reception.

5. Mixers: Stock up on a variety of mixers to create a range of cocktails and drinks. Some essential mixers include tonic water, soda water, cola, ginger ale, and fruit juices like orange and cranberry. Consider the popular cocktails and drinks that your guests might enjoy and make sure you have enough mixers to last the entire event.

6. Garnishes: Lemons and limes are commonly used garnishes that add a fresh touch to cocktails. Make sure to have plenty of these fruits available, as they are versatile and can be used in various drinks. Consider other garnishes like mint leaves, cherries, or olives depending on the cocktails you plan to serve.

Remember, it’s crucial to consider the number of guests and their drinking preferences when stocking the bar. If you have an idea of your guests’ preferences, you can tailor your choices accordingly. Additionally, it’s a good idea to consult with your venue or caterer to get an estimate of the typical alcohol consumption at similar events they have hosted.

Lastly, don’t forget to have non-alcoholic options available for those who prefer not to drink or for designated drivers. Offer a variety of soft drinks, water, and mocktail options to ensure everyone feels included and has a great time celebrating your special day.

I hope this detailed guide helps you stock your wedding bar with everything you need for a fantastic celebration. Cheers to a memorable and enjoyable wedding day!