How to Get Your Wedding Guests Tipsy

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How to Get Your Wedding Guests Tipsy

Мнениеот marieprom на 14 Сеп 2016 09:33

It’s no secret: When some of your friends and family are sitting through your tasteful, romantic wedding ceremony, they’re really just hoping to be rewarded with a party. While you don’t necessarily want them getting falling-down drunk, it’s a good idea to give your guests the option of a little social lubrication to celebrate your big day. But is there a way to do that without blowing your whole budget on top-shelf liquor? If your immediate answer was “cash bar,” we have a few other options. :congratulations:
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“You wouldn’t think of asking someone to pay for a cocktail in your home, so don’t have a cash bar at your reception,” write Anna and Lizzie Post in Emily Post’s Wedding Etiquette, and most wedding vendors agree. That said, there are quite a few Post-approved options for keeping costs down.

“Of course, you can save so much money by limiting it to beer and wine and soft beverages,” Amanda Braddock, event director of Purslane Catering in New York, told Yahoo Style. “But people have come to connect weddings to open bars, so I find guests tend to be disappointed if they don’t have them, and I am honest with couples about that. Of course, it’s up to you; you know your friends.”

What Braddock and other vendors offer as a middle ground is a limited bar, and the trend of making specialty cocktails with a displayed, Pinterest-worthy drinks menu (complete with hashtag) comes in handy for this. “It also plays into that whole personalized trend with weddings: ‘The groom suggests this cocktail,’ and, 'The bride suggests this cocktail,’” she said.

“If you have specialty cocktails, you can name them after the bride and groom, or you can design them specifically to go with the meal or certain colors,” said Nannette Taft, co-owner of Drink Slingers in Austin, Texas. They can also be a big hit with locavores who want to offer something from local distilleries.

Taft said specialty cocktails can be almost as inexpensive as just offering beer and wine, because they can be mixed into a batch ahead of time, using large 59.2-ounce handles of liquor, which costs less than bottles. This also means the whole serving process is streamlined for guests.

“If we’re there with all these different alcohols and mixers [at a full open bar], service is slower, and people don’t know what to choose,” Taft said, adding that she also prefers to keep her specialty cocktails on the simple but fresh side (see her recipe for strawberry margaritas below). “You can’t choose a cocktail that has six ingredients that you need somebody to sit there and craft, because that would be way to slow a service. The key is a cocktail with three or four ingredients at the most. Fresh ingredients that are seasonal are ideal.”

Another personalized touch Braddock recommends is a satellite bar, where guests can order the specialty cocktails or martinis or do a whiskey tasting.

It’s also considerate to take into account that not all your guests are craft beer or whiskey connoisseurs. Taft likes to include mocktails alongside her specialty cocktails — sometimes they’re the same recipe minus the liquor; sometimes they’re tasty offerings featuring fresh juices and the popular Mexican sparkling water Topo Chico. You might also want to offer a light or mainstream beer brand alongside that super-hoppy local brew.

For those stocking their own wedding bar, here’s Taft’s basic calculation for how much to order: “A moderate to heavy drinking crowd is going to drink two drinks the first hour and one drink for every hour thereafter.” An ounce and a half of liquor is considered one drink, and Taft estimates that typically 40 percent of guests will choose a specialty cocktail if they’re offered one.

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