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Waiting in line for a drink at your local bar or out at a club is one thing, but at a wedding? Nothing can kill a mood faster. So what can you do to avoid the line (or deal with one if the wait gets to be too long mid-reception)? Our experts have a few ideas.
The best way to avoid lines at your wedding is to set up additional bars, or staff each bar with more than one bartender. Scatter them strategically throughout the space so guests don't have to trek to the other side of your venue for a glass of wine. Have at least one bar near where dinner will be served, a second by the dance floor, and a third (or even fourth) closer to the cocktail hour area. While you won't need all of them all night, having a few open during cocktail hour and the dancing portion of the evening will give guests a few options for where to grab a beer or a glass of water.
Don't have space for that many bars? Consider extending the bars you do have to be slightly longer, creating space for two or three bartenders to work. This will help guests get through the line and back on the dance floor in no time. Arrange to have some glasses of wine pre-poured or your signature cocktail mixed and set out in a beverage dispenser so guests can serve themselves. You could also put beers and sodas in ice buckets near the bars so guests can grab one and go.
If, mid-party, you notice the line for the bar is getting pretty long, see if your caterer could set out poured glasses of wine and bottles of beer for guests to pick up on their own, so the only people in line for the bar are ones looking for mixed drinks. A little self-service will definitely relieve the bar-line congestion.