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When it comes to your wedding reception, you will have numerous vendors to consider and lots of details to work out. But one of the things that you want to make sure that you never do is to assume. You want to be clear about every big thing and every little thing that is going to happen on your big day. We say this because many people assume that the caterer that they hire will be supplying the bartender. If you do, you might be in for a big surprise. Be prepared to seek out a professional bartender service. And keep in mind that a great bartender does much more than just mix drinks and serve them. They make your guests laugh and they have a great personality in order to be able to relate to every kind of personality. But to figure out if you have the right one, you will need to do some legwork and interview any candidates that you are considering to work at your reception. So, before you do anything else, start looking around the New Orleans area and gather some high quality candidates. And then check out the guide below, even better, print it off and take it with you to each and every interview. You will be very happy that you did.
Yes, you need some candidates to interview before you can make any decisions. There are a number of ways in which you can find some quality candidates to check out. Start by jumping online. You can always do a Google search for “mobile bartenders in the New Orleans area.” You should see a number of links pop up as a result. Start clicking on each one and checking out the individual websites. If you see some specific ones that really appear to be top notch, make note note of them for future reference. We also suggest that you ask your family, friends, and coworkers if they have ever experienced a mobile bartender at any kind of event. If the experience was a positive one, try and track down their contact information. If you still don't have a number of candidates to check out by now, another great place to check is your wedding vendors that you have booked. If they have been in the business for any length of time at all, they will usually have connections for almost any service that a wedding would need.
Call each candidate that you have on your list and find a date and time that you both can sit down and have a discussion about your wedding and the possibility of you hiring them. The first questions out of your mouth should be if they are state licensed. This is an extremely important question because most venues will not allow an unlicensed bartender to serve alcohol because of insurance and liability issues. Find out how much experience they have doing weddings. Keep in mind that a person who has been a bartender at a pub might not know how to mix cocktails. So, you need to make sure that they have experience specific to weddings. In fact, it is a good idea to test each candidate on the spot about some mixed drink recipes that they should know by heart.
Have a talk about how they setup the bar area. Ask them how they like to handle long lines. How will they be dressed? If what they tell you is unacceptable to you, have a discussion about what you would like to see them in and whether they are willing to do so. What do they do about guests who drink too much? How many bartenders will they provide based on the number of guests you are going to have. What is the backup plan is something should happen to your bartender on the day of your wedding? Finally, what is the fee for their services. Make sure that you pay with a credit card. This will protect you in case you need to fight the payment. After you have talked with all of your candidates, it usually becomes very clear who will be the best bartender for your wedding.