Attending wedding after wedding can be exhausting, especially for the single people of the world who don’t get the draw of romance. Luckily, there’s a silver lining to attending almost every wedding. Though you have to pay for a wedding gift and maybe even make travel arrangements, most weddings include a bar to make your time worthwhile.
Whether it’s completely open or a cash bar, alcohol is a must to getting through the ceremonies and receptions. No matter how much you love the bride and groom, a little liquor is exactly what the party needs to get the celebrations flowing.
But not all wedding bars are created equally. People across the US have a large variety of options when it comes to planning the beverages served at the biggest day of their life. Not only do they have to decide what type of bar to have, but they also have to decide what kind of alcohol to serve.
Liquor is the most commonly served option, followed by wine and non-craft domestic beer. While local craft beer is a rising trend, it requires a lot more planning on the bride and groom’s part, including finding the perfect brewery to supply the stock and being willing to be more flexible with the drinking budget.
Signature drinks are also increasingly common to be included in a bar menu at a wedding. They may be cliche, but they create a symbolic attachment to a beverage that the couple will carry with them for a lifetime. For years to come, the bride and groom will be able to relive their happy day simply by making a drink.
For signature drinks, vodka is most commonly the featured liquor. It’s a classic staple that mixes well with tons of various cocktails dependent on the mood and theme of the wedding. If it’s not vodka, tequila is the second most popular signature drink liquor.
Even if there is a signature drink, that’s likely not the only option. Not everyone is a vodka or tequila person, and most wedding planners can recognize that. Limited bars are sometimes alternative couples opt for if they’re trying to save money, but open bars with a deep selection are the most common at weddings.
And alcohol is no longer just for the dance floor. While it adds even more to the cost of the event, hosting a cocktail hour can be a good way to encourage guests to mingle while buying the bride and groom a little extra time for their photos. Cocktail hours are not an essential component of the perfect wedding, but it can be a nice addition if the budget allows.
At the end of the day, it really doesn’t matter what’s being served - after all, it isn’t your big day. Whatever the happy couple is serving, make the most of it. As long as there’s some alcohol to get you through the constant family friends asking about your personal love life, drink up and celebrate hard!