Note: Average Cost is based on the spending of couples recently married not wedding vendor prices. This includes all types of weddings, event locations, purchases of both new and pre-owned items and purchases of services from professionals, someone that simply provides the service, or a hired family member or friend. Spending and prices can vary widely.
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Guests know their liquors. They're very savvy about their wines and hard liquors, and they expect high-level, great-tasting drinks. So a bar package featuring top-shelf liquors is of tremendous value and a noted aspect of successful weddings.
Having enough bars and enough bartenders to prevent long lines is also a factor in the cost of bar service, with talented mixologists becoming a part of your wedding's entertainment. A trained bar staff makes all the difference and is well worth the investment, particularly if you'll host an at-home wedding or at-home parties. The bartender makes the drinks, makes sure there is enough ice, and handles bar spills so that you can remain a guest of honor ' not a worker ' at your wedding or party.
We're seeing a return to after-dinner drinks, and the trend of multiple signature drinks, plus specialty drink bars like bourbon and tequila bars to make the festivities all the more exciting and indulgent for guests.