The Fountains Ballroom has a full service bar available for you and your guests from beginning to end. We offer mimosas in the morning and keep the bar open until the lights come up at the end of the night. Though The Fountains always has a full-service bar on hand, there are some things you’ll want to consider when selecting the types of beverages you’ll offer your guests.
Consider purchasing a non-alcoholic beverage package. Our non-alcoholic beverage package will buy each guest one glass, with unlimited refills, for a $1 cheaper than if they were to purchase it outright.
When choosing alcoholic beverages, you should provide a more generalized selection to your guests. Stay away from trendy beers or items most of your guests may have never heard of. You can always have a specialty item brought in, but try not to force your guests to choose from a selection that will only appeal to 5% of the crowd. At the end of the day, this will keep costs down and assure that you get the most for your money.
Though it is important to consider the tastes of your guests, you won’t be able to please everyone. Try to make realistic choices in order to stay within your budget. For starters, you should determine the style of your wedding and the lifestyle if your guests. If you know you will be serving a young college crowd–stock-up on kegs. If the guest list comprises mainly established business professionals, you’ll want to consider an alcoholic beverage package, as these guests are unaccustomed to digging out their wallet at high-end affairs. In the end, if your guests don’t find any beverages to their liking, we always have a cash bar available.
Immediately following the wedding ceremony, it is almost inevitable that your guests will flood the bar. To offset this, you may want to consider planning an outside receiving line, a second bar on our outdoor patio or opt to add another bartender for the evening. Although we suggest adding another bar, we only suggest using this option for a high guest count or outside occasion. Oftentimes, we’ll see that one service area is overly busy while the second isn’t serving enough to justify its existence. We usually staff the bar with one bartender per 150 guests.