TO the Feathered Arrow blog. I'M Kari! A WEDDING PLANNER, PODCAST HOST, BIZ EDUCATOR, AND A LOVER OF COFFEE, ALL THINGS OUTDOORS + A SUCKER FOR A GOOD LOVE STORY.
Welcome back to the vendor FAQ series, friends! If you’ve missed the past few posts, we’ve been teaming up with incredible wedding vendors to get answers to all your questions while planning! Today, we connected with our friends at LA Speakeasy. You may recall we collaborated with them for this summer cocktail post, so we were thrilled when they agreed to help us with our vendor FAQ series! LA Speakeasy was kind enough to give us some advice for you when you’re looking to hire your wedding bartending service and really get the party going!
A good rule of thumb is 1 drink per person per hour. Yes, some people will drink more and some probably not at all. Per experience, about 99% of the time there are leftovers using that ratio.
Since we specialize in craft cocktails at LA Speakeasy, we based the consumption as 70% cocktails, 15-20% beer, 10-15% wine. (Like I said 99% of the time there are leftovers of everything)
Every event is different so there might be more variables to account, but this is a great place to start. We have a calculator you can use to get a ballpark cost and quantities for your event. Simply visit www.laspeakeasy.com/alcohol
#1: If serving wine during dinner, account for 1 glass per person. (1 wine bottle = 5 glasses)
#2: Light beer drinkers tend to drink more beer.
#3: If serving shots consider buying extra bottles.
These 4 cocktails are frequently requested and always a hit at events:
We’re a big fan of “it’s your wedding, you can choose your favorite cocktails with no need to satisfy everyone”, but if you love satisfying your guests we would recommend a balanced menu of the following 4 styles:
Be sure to communicate with your bartending service your plans on having glassware. Glassware isn’t always included, so be sure to ask. If you do plan to have glassware, they may need a back table or more room at the bar. Additionally, they may need extra hands at the bar to help handle + clean glassware. Be sure to ask if they pick up the glassware and/or buss tables.
Always communicate with your bartending service if you plan on multiple bars! They might need extra time (or extra hands) to set up and break down all locations. Additionally, they might need extra ice tubs, bar tools, supplies, etc. Perhaps even during the transition, the bars will be closed momentarily while setting up.
Huge thank you to our friends at LA Speakeasy for all of their help in answering these questions! If you want to get going on planning your party, contact me on my homepage here and let’s get started!
PS – If you missed last week, check out this post where we discuss advice for your wedding caterer!