Become a Top Wedding Planner – Cocktail Hour Tips From Top Planners in Martha Stewart Weddings Magazine

 

Get great tips from some top wedding planners and caterers for the pre-reception cocktail hour in the current issue of Martha Stewart Weddings magazine. The article, “The Bar’s Open,” covers everything from how to plan the space, what type of alcohol the bride should serve, the music to play and the food that works best before the reception.

Here are some highlights from the article:

1) Never skimp on the number of servers, it should be one to every 25 guests

Servers can be positioned at the entrance to the room, hand guest a drink, and get them to move right into the room to mingle. Planners often put a bar at the entrance which creates a bottleneck as people wait to be served.

Also use servers to pass most of the cocktail food to avoid the long lines and crowding caused by food stations.

2) Keep costs down by keeping decor simple

Guests are busy drinking and socializing so don’t let the bride spend a large portion of her floral budget decorating her cocktail space.

3) The bride won’t necessarily save money by buying her own liquor

Remember venues and caterers often charge a high corkage fee, check and compare costs before she does this. Also, remind her that if she supplies her own drinks, someone has to deliver the beverages to the venue so they can be served.

You can get more cocktail hour tips from the magazine or you can read the article on their website.



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