You have all of your wedding details taken care of except for one. You have just been told that your reception venue and your caterer do not provide a professional bartending service. So, that has you pondering whether you need to find a mobile bartending service for your reception or if you can just put some alcohol out on a table and let people fend for themselves. We cannot stress to you enough that there are a number of reasons that you should hire a professional service. First of all, you need advice on what to serve. Only an expert will be able to advise you about this. They will handle all of the setup and the cleanup. This means you have more free time to meet and greet. Also, you definitely want someone there who knows what they are doing in terms of mixing drinks, you need that expertise. We must mention efficiency as well. There is a good chance there might be a lineup at the bar area at some point and a professional will know how to handle the line and get everyone through without much in the way of crying or screaming. And we can't forget about the fact that a trained bartender will know how to handle people who have had one too many. So, in the end, think of hiring a professional bartender as necessity. We want to help with your search and hire so we have provided this guide. It will help you conduct a search throughout the Richmond area and it will help you say yes to the bartender who will make everyone very happy at your reception.
As you start your search for quality mobile bartenders, we want you to keep an image in your head. Keep thinking of your reception with an inept bartender and you will realize how important this search and eventual choice is. We know of a few sources that will be profitable for you. Start chatting with your family, friends and coworkers. You never know, maybe someone has a recommendation for you based on an experience they had. If so, this will be the beginning of what we like to call a list of potential vendors. Another source that you do not want to neglect is the world wide web. Do a Google search for “mobile bartenders in the Richmond area.” You will no doubt receive a number of results that you will want to take a look at. When you start clicking on the links, one thing that you want to make sure of is that the website created for the bartending service is professional. Look for referrals and read about how much experience they have. One additional source that is worth checking out are your wedding vendors that you already have a relationship with. Now, take your list of candidates and contact each one to make sure that they are free on your wedding day. If they are, it is time to interview them.
Find how many weddings they have worked. Make sure they have real bartending experience. Just because they have worked at a sports bar does not mean they know how to mix drinks. And speaking of which, find out how many drinks they know how to mix. Do they carry General Liability Insurance? They should. What kind of training have they had? Have they had responsible vendor training? This means they understand how to prevent potential bad things from happening to your guests. How long will they need to setup. What will they need from you? Can they help you with knowing how much alcohol to purchase? How many bartenders do they recommend for the size of your group? How much will their service cost you? Don't try and get away with going cheap, you could be in for a real disaster. Heed these words of wisdom and you should end up with a bartender who will serve you well.