Finding a Minneapolis Wedding Bartender
So, you have grinding through all of the minutia in regards to your wedding plans. One of the more pleasant vendors that you have to evaluate concerns who will be your caterer and mobile bartender in order to supply your guests will some yummy food and drink. The search for a mobile bartender can present some interesting issues to consider. One thing is certain, this is a must hire. You do not want to leave this task to a friend or family member. That could be a real disaster. When you have the benefit of a professional bartender serving your guests, you will be able to relax and enjoy your reception and all of the activities. However, we realize that this is probably not a decision that you have to make on a regular basis and more than likely you have never had to hire a mobile bartender. So, with the stakes being so high, here is a guide to help you as you search for this all important vendor in the Minneapolis area. You will want to have a copy of this with you as you travel to interview each candidate you are considering because you need to know what are important factors and what questions are essential to ask each potential bartender.
A mobile bartender is one of those vendors that could be easy to take for granted. We urge you not to do this. If you can imagine your reception with an inept bartender, then you will know that you need to take this search and eventual hire very seriously. We suggest that you start making a list of potential candidates. You can do this by asking your family, friends and coworkers. Maybe someone you know has been to a wedding or other event recently and had a great experience with the mobile bartender. If so, get their contact information. Do a Google search for “mobile bartenders in the Minneaplolis area.” This search should give you numerous results and you can investigate individual websites to see who looks like they are worthy of further consideration. One way to gauge this is to evaluate whether the website is professional or not. Also, check with your wedding vendors that you have already booked, they are usually well connected in the wedding industry and should know all kind of vendors. Once you have a list of at least three to five candidates, call each one up and see if they are available on your wedding day and if they are setup a meeting to discuss your reception needs. Find out how much experience they have. How many weddings have they worked. You want to make sure they have been through some real bartending situations, no newbies need apply. You want to make sure they have some seasoning. Find out how many drinks they know how to mix. Have them mix a few drinks right in front of you.
It is very important that they carry at least General Liability Insurance. This is essential. Something else that you want to be sure and ask about is what kind of training they have had. We highly recommend that they have had responsible vendor training. This will go a long way in protecting you and them as they will understand how to prevent possible bad situations and tragedies. Have a discussion about the logistics and the time they need to show up and be setup by. Be clear about what you will be providing and what they will be providing. Ask them how much alcohol you will need to purchase based on your guest count. And how many bartenders will they be providing to you based on your number of guests. There are different standards used by services but generally, it is a standard to have one bartender per every 75 guests. What do they usually wear when they bartend an event.
Obviously, you are going to need to know what this service is going to cost you. Anything that is of a higher quality is going to cost a bit more. The cheaper you try and go with it, the worse off you could be so keep that in mind. Do they require a deposit? What about gratuity? How does that work? Is it figured into the overall cost or is it performance based? Rate all of your candidates and when it comes time to make a final decision on a hire, always have at the forefront of your mind how you want your guests to be treated.