In recent years DIY catering and DIY bartending have become popular ways for couples on a tight budget to keep their wedding spending under control. Unfortunately, a lot of couples assume that they can simply ask their uncle or friend to take turns running the bar. Having an amateur bartender may actually wind up costing you money both in terms of alcohol poured, and also in terms of potential legal issues. Here are some key things to understand and questions to ask before you hire a bartender
• Check with your venue and caterer If hiring your own bartender is important to you, you need to decide that before booking a venue. For insurance reasons, many venues and caterers have restrictions on who is and isn't allowed to serve alcohol on site. Some caterers and venues allow you to purchase your own alcohol off site, others do not. Make sure you fully understand the costs and requirements of running your own bar. Some venues and caterers do not offer bartending services or alcohol. If you do not want to hire your own bartender, you may want to look at a different venue.
• Know your guest count 75 guests per bartender is a general rule of thumb, so if you're having a 200 guest wedding, you'll probably want to play it safe and have three bartenders. Having too few bartenders can result in long lines, frustrated guests, and even delays in your reception (hard to do the father daughter dance if dad is waiting for his drink). Having too many bartenders is, well, a waste of the money you're trying to save. It is also important to know that a professional bartender cannot work a cash bar in the state of Utah. https://abc.utah.gov/laws/law_more_faqs.html
• Insurance Whether you are hiring an individual or a bartending company, make sure they have liquor liability insurance. Check with your wedding planner or venue about the laws for serving liquor in your state. In Utah, if the venue does not offer bartending services, hiring a certified and licensed bartender will protect you, your guests and the venue from any potential city fines. At The Hammered Copper, All of our bartenders are SIPS and TIPS certified.