An open bar is a wedding staple for a reason. Guests are coming by plane, train, and automobile, booking hotel rooms, hiring babysitters, and buying you gifts — so they deserve a refreshing drink. But serving nonalcoholic beverages at your wedding is just as important as the libations, especially if there are teens and sober guests attending. Help your wedding catering efforts by ensuring your big day has the right drinks — and plenty of them.
Wine and beer are ideal options if you’re on a budget but still want to provide alcohol. Visit a beer distributor to see if you can get a discount on cases, and try to provide domestic, foreign, and craft options. For wine, cases of the bigger, cheaper bottles will do. Spending money on smaller bottles of more expensive wine adds up quickly. Encourage guests to bring their own spirits if you can’t afford liquor. Creating a signature cocktail for your special day is another option if you want to serve alcohol.
There are many opportunities to get creative with nonalcoholic drinks. Consider setting up a nonalcoholic beverage bar that includes both regular and sparkling water, as well as plenty of garnish options. Think lemon, lime, cucumber, and watermelon. Provide glass options, too, including regular and martini glasses, and several attractive, small buckets of ice. Go a step further and make one bucket the “flavored cube” option.
Put these beverage ideas into practice by hiring the wedding catering experts at Tropical Paradise Ballroom & Catering. The Brooklyn, NY-based party venue hosts a wide variety of events and specializes in custom catering services to make your big day more special. Off-catering services are also available for your convenience. Call (718) 251-3500 to learn more about wedding catering services. Like the company on Facebook for more tips.