Deluxe Bartending Service

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Embarrassment is the last emotion anyone wishes to experience at a wedding, especially due to an inadequate or mishandled bartending service. Picture this: a moment that’s supposed to overflow with joy tainted by an unprofessional or incompetent bar staff. It’s a literal nightmare for the couple, the families, and the guests—a scenario nobody wants to endure.

In this blog, we delve into the very real stories shared by individuals who’ve faced wedding bartending service disasters. From tales that went awry to experiences that turned celebratory events into fiascos, we bring you the raw, unfiltered experiences encountered during what was supposed to be the happiest day.

Beyond the stories, we’ll explore crucial considerations when selecting a wedding bartending service. Whether you’re an event planner or someone about to tie the knot, these insights are indispensable. We’ll guide you through the intricacies of hiring a reliable bartending team, ensuring that your special day is marked by seamless service and unforgettable moments.

Other than food taking forever, bad DJs, and terrible bartenders, there are other things your guests may hate at a wedding. Jamie Wolfer, a wedding planner, explains what might drive your guests crazy and how a bar service may be a solution.

Keep reading for real-life anecdotes and invaluable tips—because when it comes to wedding bartending services, a little foresight can save you from a whole lot of headaches.

  • POV: You were just told that you have a “Ritz Carlton Wedding on an Applebee’s Budget”

Two weeks before a highly-anticipated wedding, the owner of a bartending service had an aggressive, slightly abusive discussion, immediately resorting to insults and belittlement. 

Accusing the individual of attempting a lavish wedding on a limited budget, the owner made unfounded claims about tipping and suggested taking the budget elsewhere, using derogatory language and abruptly hanging up during the conversation, causing immense distress and frustration to those involved with planning the wedding.

Then exactly 2 weeks before my wedding date (2/3/23) the owner rudely tells me we have to have a “candid” discussion about my wedding. He then immediately goes into insulting me, belittling me & and just being an overall jerk. Telling me I’m trying to have a “Ritz Carlton wedding on an Applebees budget”. (BTW: My allotted budget for the wedding was 30k for 50 people.) He made claims that I planned on “not tipping the staff & bar staff”. He said I should take my budget to “Alabama where I could get the kind of wedding I could afford” (I’m from VA). He cursed at me and hung up twice.

  • The Bar Fiasco: When Bartending Turned Wedding Upside Down

As an event planner in Orange County, I pride myself on orchestrating flawless and luxurious weddings. However, there was one unforgettable event where everything went awry because of the bartending team. Picture this: an elegant affair in a beautiful garden setting. The bride and groom were beaming until chaos unfolded at the bar.

The untrained and ill-equipped bartenders failed to handle the drink orders efficiently. Glasses were dirty, mixers misplaced, and chaos ensued. Guests grew restless as they waited in long lines. Some even left the bar empty-handed, disappointed.

The pinnacle of disaster struck when the bartenders mistakenly served alcohol to underage guests due to a lack of proper ID checks. It was a nightmare trying to manage the fallout. The bar became the epicenter of discontent, overshadowing the beauty of the entire event. Lesson learned: never underestimate the importance of a proficient bartending team.

  • From Bubbly to Brawling

“My wedding was supposed to be a fairy tale, but it turned into a nightmare, all thanks to the bartending staff. The evening started beautifully—the venue glowed, guests laughed, and love filled the air. But the enchantment shattered the moment the bartenders struggled to keep up.

I had meticulously chosen signature cocktails, but they were either watered down or completely incorrect. Worse, some guests received drinks they hadn’t ordered, causing confusion and frustration. As the night wore on, the bartenders seemed overwhelmed, and the bar area became chaotic.

To add to the mess, a whole fistfight erupted between the bartender and my new brother-in-law due to a dispute over drink orders. It was a moment I wished to erase from my memory—the joy of the celebration clouded by the bar’s mismanagement. The impact of a poorly executed bar service on my once-in-a-lifetime day was devastating. Not to mention, now things are super awkward between me and my new family.”

That’s a story from Sarah in Charleston, South Carolina.

  • Weddings: Can be Crazy

One bartender in Nashville, Tennesee witnessed how a wedding party’s wishes weren’t the best choice. 

They insisted that self-serve beer and only appetizers were the best route. The result? Projectile vomit. On. The. Bride. 

Shouldn’t someone have told them that wasn’t a great idea? 

Ive worked a lot of weddings, they aren’t always that bad. But they are never smooth and are very different from working at a proper bar/ club.

Last wedding I worked someone projectile vomited on the bride because they insisted on having a self serve craft beer portion and only served vegan apps.

The last wedding I went to, the very large hotel chain didn’t hire enough bartenders. One guest who thought tequila would solve his problems ended up going through a window into a pool.

Weddings be crazy.

Here are things to consider for wedding bartending services:

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  1. Staff and Supplies: The Foundation of Success

Having enough staff and supplies is your cornerstone. Work with a team that understands the optimal levels required. Adequate staff ensures efficient service, while sufficient supplies keep the libations flowing without interruptions. Partnering with a team well-versed in these logistics ensures a stress-free bar service.

  1. Addressing Dietary Needs and Allergens: Serving with Sensitivity

Imagine catering to diverse dietary needs seamlessly. A trained team knows how to handle ingredients, prep workspaces for allergens, and address dietary restrictions with finesse. They ensure every guest feels considered and safe, steering clear of culinary calamities.

  1. Asking the Right Questions: Your Checklist for Success

Arm yourself with the right inquiries. Questions like “Is your bartender STAR certified?” and details about bar setup, alcohol provision, and service logistics are crucial. Use this comprehensive list as your guide to ensure nothing falls through the cracks:

  • Alcohol specifics: types, quantities, and signature drinks.
  • Setup and cleanup responsibilities and timelines.
  • Bar location, tables, linens, and drinkware.
  • Non-alcoholic drink provisions at the bar.
  • Champagne toasts and logistical arrangements.
  • Ice storage, chilling methods, and quantities.
  • Bartender arrival, opening times, and last call.
  • Handling leftover alcohol and bar menu displays.
  • Restrictions on alcohol service, trash, and rentals.
  • Relocation needs during the event and specialty equipment requirements.

With these questions, you cover every aspect, from service etiquette to logistical minutiae, ensuring a flawless bar experience.

A Deluxe (Nightmare-Free) Wedding Bartending Service

It’s imperative to emphasize the essence of detail. By aligning with a reliable, detail-oriented team, your wedding bar transforms into a highlight rather than a headache. Let’s toast to a seamless celebration—where unforgettable moments are crafted without a hitch.

We recognize the pivotal role the bar plays in your celebration. Our adept team ensures meticulous preparation and execution, maintaining the highest standards. Bid farewell to bartending disasters and welcome a flawlessly orchestrated celebration!

Selecting a trustworthy and quality wedding bartending service is paramount to avoiding a publicly humiliating nightmare. With Deluxe Bartending Services, every event becomes effortlessly splendid, allowing you to rest assured that your day unfolded without a hint of worry. Cheers to celebrating moments that linger in memory!

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