If there is one thing that the guests really look forward to when they attend a wedding, it is the food and drink that will be served at the reception. On the drink side, in order to make sure that all goes well and that your guests receive quality beverages, you really do need to hire a professional bartender. A lot of people think they can get away with skipping this all important hire, but you are setting yourself up for a fall if you do. You want to treat your guests very special and one of the major ways to do that is to make sure they are served a top notch drink. You also want it to be produced in a timely manner. When you hire a professional, this is one less thing you will have to worry about. Also, a well trained bartender knows how to keep the bar area tidy and neat and they know how to interact with your guests so that they have the best time possible. Do you know how much alcohol you should order? Well, this is another great reason to hire a professional bartender. Someone who knows what they are doing will not only help you have enough so that you never run out but you will have the perfect amount. And one thing we haven't mentioned yet that will be big time protection for you. A true professional will have some training in responsible service in that they know when to cut off someone who has had one too many. And let's face it, you don't want anyone leaving your wedding reception to get hurt or to hurt anyone else. So, hopefully now you can see how important it is to hire a bartender.
You are probably wondering how you should even begin this search. There are many ways that you could go, but we have narrowed everything down to three main searches. You should get back some vendors to check into. Start clicking on links and perusing the websites of each potential candidate.
Treat each meeting with each candidate like it is a very serious job interview because it is. The first thing you need to know if whether they are licensed and insured. This is a must. Find out how many bartenders they feel you would need for the number of quests that you will be having. Will they help you with the amount of alcohol to order? Test them on their drink making ability. What do they suggest you provide your guests in terms of the types of drinks available? What will you need to provide other than the alcohol? Have they had responsible bartending training? How much will their services cost you? We suggest that you allow a tip jar and not pay a gratuity fee. Ask if this is acceptable to them. You should be able to sit down and make a decision on which candidate you liked the best.