Buying and supplying alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages at your wedding reception can take up a big chunk of your budget, so it pays to order once and order well.
The professionals at Liquor King have been helping couples decode the drinks code since ages ago, so we asked them for some advice when it comes to purchasing drinks for a crowd.
The Drinks Won't Chill Themselves
If you are buying your own beverages, think about the vessels guests will drink from, and how will you keep drinks chilled? Liquor King can tailor an order specific to your needs, which means less time finding beverage accessories elsewhere. They also hire glassware, ice buckets, chiller trailers...
It's a long day, and no one wants a dry bar. Easily work out recommended quantities based on your guest numbers using the handy Function Calculator here.
Check Corkage Fees
It is really important to ask your venue if they charge a corkage fee. In most cases BYO (Bring Your Own) works out to be a lot cheaper, however you may find some spaces charge high corkage fees – up to $25 per bottle!
Understand The Venue Expectations
Some venues that don’t allow BYO may have a fixed amount you need to spend at the bar. If you don’t use all the credit, you don’t get your money back.
Stick To The Law
A liquor licence may be required and it pays to be safe rather than sorry. If you are getting married at a venue, check with them (well in advance) about their stance on liquor licensing.
If you are holding a private function on private property (and are not charging for drinks) then a license shouldn't be required.
The Auckland Council guidelines can be found here , but check with your local council for personalised advice.
Don't Forget To Style Your Bar
Love it or loathe it, wedding decor is a huge talking point for guests and a drinks station can not only enhance your overall theme, it also makes for a pretty focal point at your ceremony or reception.