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How to Stock Your Wedding Reception's Bar July 2, 2019

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How to Stock Your Wedding Reception's Bar, Norwich, Connecticut

One of the most important expenses of throwing a wedding reception is stocking the bar. You have several options for selecting wines, beers, and liquors, depending on your budget. If your guests have different tastes, below are three different types of bar styles that you can choose from.

A Guide to Stocking Your Wedding Reception’s Bar

Open Bar

An open bar means guests can drink as much as they like; therefore, this is the most expensive option. You may pay a flat fee up front or receive an itemized bill after the party. Most open bars contain a full complement of liquors, including rum, whiskey, vodka, gin, and tequila, along with mixers. You'll also want plenty of sparkling wine for the champagne toasts as well as equal amounts of red, white, and rose. Dry white wines are among the most popular for warmer weather, including sauvignon blanc, vinho verde, and pinot grigio. Heavier reds like cabernet sauvignon are ideal for fall and winter. Be sure to include local microbrew beers, including Indian pale ales, along with more popular national brands. 

Limited Bar

LiquorA limited bar is a more affordable option. You can find several tasty, yet inexpensive wines to stock it, including various brands of chardonnay, sauvignon blanc, and pinot grigio that cost less than $10 per bottle. Bar hours for this option are limited, so make sure your guests know when the bar closes.

For spring and summer weddings, keep tequila and Cointreau on hand for margaritas. You can then pair the Cointreau with vodka to make cosmopolitans, which are popular among wedding guests. You can also make Moscow mules with vodka (add ginger beer and lime juice) along with screwdrivers (add orange juice) and Dexters (add cola). Add a few bottles of rum and whiskey along with different soft drinks and juices, and you should be able to satisfy most of your guests affordably.

Cash Bar

At a cash bar, your guests pay for their drinks themselves. If you go this route, make sure you have a little of everything. You won't need as many bottles as you would for an open bar because your guests may drink less, but make sure that you offer wine, liquor, and beer so your guests have plenty of options. 



For a broad selection of liquor, beer, and wine for your wedding reception, stop by Universal Discount Package Store in Norwich, CT. They have been serving customers throughout New London County and Southeastern Connecticut since 1982. They carry the largest wine selection in the area, along with the most popular liquor brands and nationwide beers and microbrews. Visit their website to browse their promotions or call (860) 889-6555.

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