A private bartender at your wedding is a wonderful idea. It is that special touch that will mean the world to your guests. But keep in mind that a private bartender is not a search you should take lightly. Quality is the key when it comes to a service like this, but it is the only thing that will satisfy you in the end. Let's work together on this all important search.
You are going to need to do is create a list of private bartending companies in your area. The most efficient way to go about finding candidates is to use the internet. Do some searching for area bartenders who have worked weddings. Also, ask your friends and family if they have ever booked a bartender for an event. Once you have 3 to 5 candidates that look promising, it will be time to move forward to the next step.
The next step is to determine a budget. Contact each candidate and ask the following questions, does the bartender have a license? Will they provide all of the supplies including alcohol? How many years experience do they have? Can they make all of the most popular drinks and cocktails? You want a bartender that has at least two or three years experience. The more experience they have the best service, they will most likely provide. They do not have to have a lot of years of experience, but that is a plus. You should meet your bartender before you hire them. You want to hire someone who is kind, friendly, and personable. You may want to discuss whether or not they need to dress formally or casually. Make sure they have a clear understanding of what time they need to arrive. They should arrive about an hour early so they can have time to prepare.
You may want to create a drink menu for your bartender. This will ensure the bartender comes with the correct drinks and mixes. Be clear on how the gratuity is going to be handled. You should have a non alcoholic drink menu as well. You should discuss what the bartender will be wearing. The final step is to book the bartender for your wedding.
Having a private bartender at your wedding is a great idea. But keep in mind that unless the bartender that you hire is a high quality one, your reception is going to be a disaster. So, with that said, make sure that you pay attention to every little detail and follow these instructions carefully.