Wedding planning is a roller coaster of emotions. It can be fun, stressful, exciting, anxious, and a whirlwind of emotions, but planning your wedding bar menu for your wedding reception should be a breeze. We outlined all of the bar necessities to have at your wedding and have even thrown in a few tips and tricks to make sure your guests are happy while celebrating your love story. We love a perfect bar and we want to make sure that your wedding bar is nothing short of perfection.

There are a few key categories when planning your wedding bar and we’re here to help make it as easy and smooth as possible. From choosing the perfect signature cocktails, to selecting the perfect assortment of beers, wines, and spirits, Minibar Delivery is here to help you make wedding planning a breeze. Sit back relax and shake up the perfect cocktail because planning your wedding bar is going to be the most fun you’ll have while planning your big day.

The Ultimate Wedding Bar Menu Signature Cocktails:

Signature cocktails are the perfect way to put a personal touch on your wedding bar menu. It allows the guests to connect with you through your favorite cocktails. The cocktails don’t have to be fancy, maybe your favorite is a dirty martini or an old fashioned but giving guests quick cocktail options ensures that the bartender can quickly make these drinks during cocktail hour or your wedding reception without holding up the line for other guests. When choosing the cocktails, try and find a way to differentiate them so all of your signature cocktails aren’t made with one spirit. Maybe you prefer vodka while the groom prefers bourbon, this way you are doing your best to appeal to all of your guests at the party. Always have a “His” and “Hers” option during cocktail hour and we also love adding in an “Ours” option for something that you both love to drink.

Example Ultimate Wedding Bar MenuSignature Cocktails

His: Old Fashioned

Hers: Spicy Margarita

Ours: Dirty Martini

The Ultimate Wedding Bar Menu Wine:

Let’s talk about wines for your special day. When choosing wines for your wedding day, it is key to make sure you are choosing one of each wine type to give your guests a variety. I would recommend choosing at least one red, one white, and one sparkling.

White Wine

When choosing a white wine, we recommend choosing something light and bright that will be easy-to-drink with whatever food they are eating during both cocktail hour, dinner, and dessert of course. Something like a sauvignon blanc or a pinot grigio will pair nicely with most food options and wont overpower anything that you may be serving at both cocktail hour and dinner. These are common white wines that will be easy on the palate even for someone who isn’t a true wine connoisseur.

Red Wine

When choosing a red wine as the bride and groom, you want to consider what you’re serving for dinner. If you’re serving steak, maybe you want something a bit more full-bodied than if you are serving pasta. But two reds you can never go wrong with include pinot noir (on the lighter side) and cabernet sauvignon (a bit heavier and full-bodied). While a pinot is a bit lighter and might be better enjoyed with pasta, a cabernet sauvignon adds a nice full-bodied richness to any meal that is sure to please all of your guests looking for a delicious red on your wedding day.

Champagne/Sparkling Wine

Choosing a sparkling wine shouldn’t be an added stress. If you want something higher-end opt for a true Champagne for your wedding celebration. If you are one a tight budget and looking to spend a bit less, this is somewhere you can cut costs a bit by offering something like a prosecco which still offers the same great bubbles but at a lower price point. When it comes to a sparkling wine, don’t overthink it. It is a celebratory drink that people will use to toast to you as the happy couple, but it shouldn’t allow you to lose sleep at night. Whatever you choose for your special day, your wedding party and guests will enjoy it because they are enjoying it to celebrate you.

If you want to add another sparkling wine to the mix, rosé champagne is always a great option for your fancy guests who want something fun to drink throughout the night. Shock your guests with a rosé champagne that we know they’ll love. Our favorites are Veuve Clicquot Rosé and Moët & Chandon Rosé Imperial.

The Ultimate Wedding Bar Menu Beer:

Beer shouldn’t be a complicated choice when it comes to your wedding celebration. We recommend choosing a light beer, something that appeals to most palates as well as something a bit more craft maybe it’s an IPA or something from your local brewery. Make it fun, if you have a favorite beer, why not serve it to your guests. The most popular choices for a wedding bar usually include a pale ale, a light lager, and a pilsner. You want to keep the beer choices simple yet ensure you have something that will please a majority of your guests who are looking to sip on a beer throughout the night. A few of our go-to beers to stock your wedding bar include; Stella Artois, Bud Light, Goose Island IPA, New Belgium Fat Tire, Blue Moon, and Brooklyn Brewery Brooklyn Lager.

Example Ultimate Wedding Bar Menu: Beer

Stella Artois

Bud Light

Blue Moon

Brooklyn IPA

The Ultimate Wedding Bar Menu Liquor:

Liquor is where you may think to yourself, “ok this is where it gets complicated”. When in reality this is the easy part. There are staples you must have on your bar so that no matter what mixed drink is requested, there is a liquor to accommodate. Those spirits include; tequila, vodka, whiskey/bourbon, gin, and rum. And if you want to add something fun and exciting we recommend adding a mezcal into the mix. Your trendier friends will thank you!

Now how to decide what brands to carry, that can seem daunting. Our trick is to choose a range of higher-end and middle-tier spirits. Maybe you go with a top-shelf tequila and then choose something a bit less expensive for the rum. We understand that budgets can be tight and this is a great way to stretch your budget while still offering a great high-end bar at your wedding.

Example Ultimate Wedding Bar Menu: Liquor

Vodka: Tito’s Handmade Vodka (for something a bit higher-end try Ketel One Vodka)

Tequila: Don Julio Blanco Tequila (for something on the less expensive side try Espolon or Herradura)

Rum: Bacardi 

Gin: Bombay Sapphire Gin

Whiskey/Bourbon: Bulleit Bourbon, Maker’s Mark Bourbon Whiskey

Mezcal: Illegal Mezcal

The Ultimate Wedding Bar Menu Liquor:

Liquor is where you may think to yourself, “ok this is where it gets complicated”. When in reality this is the easy part. There are staples you must have on your bar so that no matter what mixed drink is requested, there is a liquor to accommodate. Those spirits include; tequila, vodka, whiskey/bourbon, gin, and rum. And if you want to add something fun and exciting we recommend adding a mezcal into the mix. Your trendier friends will thank you!

Now how to decide what brands to carry, that can seem daunting. Our trick is to choose a range of higher-end and middle-tier spirits. Maybe you go with a top-shelf tequila and then choose something a bit less expensive for the rum. We understand that budgets can be tight and this is a great way to stretch your budget while still offering a great high-end bar at your wedding.

Example Ultimate Wedding Bar Menu: Liquor

Vodka: Tito’s Handmade Vodka (for something a bit higher-end try Ketel One Vodka)

Tequila: Don Julio Blanco Tequila (for something on the less expensive side try Espolon or Herradura)

Rum: Bacardi 

Gin: Bombay Sapphire Gin

Whiskey/Bourbon: Bulleit Bourbon, Maker’s Mark Bourbon Whiskey

Mezcal: Illegal Mezcal

The Ultimate Wedding Bar Menu Mixers

Now you may think that is all you need to think about, but don’t forget about mixers. This might seem like a less important step to the wedding bar menu, but we think it is key to ensuring all of your guests are happy and taken care of when they step up to the bar. The go-to mixers tend to be club soda, grapefruit juice, cranberry juice, orange juice, pineapple juice, tonic water, and soda. We also recommend having other options such as ginger beer,

Example Ultimate Wedding Bar Menu: Mixers

The Ultimate Wedding Bar Menu Garnishes:

As for garnishes, there is definitely the standard when it comes to a bar. Those standard garnishes include; limes, lemons, oranges, cherries, and olives but it is also fun to spice things up. Include garnishes such as fresh mint leaves, salt, and cucumbers. If you’re feeling fancy, you can even include dried or dehydrated fruits to really make the cocktails stand out against the crowd and set your wedding guests up for the perfect Instagram-worthy cocktail.

Example Perfect Wedding Bar Menu: Garnishes

Your wedding bar says a lot about you as a couple and your guests will remember that amazing cocktail they had or how quickly their drinks were made for them. Ensure your wedding bar is set up to conquer the night with all of the necessities. It is also important not to run out of alcohol throughout the party. We recommend accounting for about 3.5 drinks per guest as some guests might have less while others may indulge in a few more beverages throughout the night. It is better to have more than to not have enough. As you go to build your wedding bar, think to yourself, if I were a guest at this venue what are the most important things to have and from there, you will create the perfecting setting for your wedding guests.

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