Where’s the drink?

When your guests arrive back from the church or ceremony all they will want to know is where the drink is. We’ve all been there so let’s forgive them the […]

When your guests arrive back from the church or ceremony all they will want to know is where the drink is. We’ve all been there so let’s forgive them the fact that the havent noticed the perfectly tied bows on the bay trees that they have just walked past!

So assuming that there will be a stampede for the drinks, it is important to think about where to serve them from. This is less of an issue in a hotel or other dedicated venue as the staff will know where it is best to serve the drinks from. The main issue is that guests do 2 things…

  • Once your guests get a drink they will simply stop to talk and drink.
  • Asking your guests to then move into a relatively empty area to make way for more people never works very well.

The key is to ensure that your guests go to the area you want them to in order to get a drink. This is an issue at many weddings especially marquees in the back garden. Guests arrive and are given a glas of champagne as soon as they set foot on the lawn. These guests then stop thus blocking the way for all the others. It is much better to serve the drinks away from the main entrance to the reception to allow this flow of guests. The only problem is that you might feel it looks unwelcoming. I reckon it’s worse to keep asking your guests to move to allow others to get in!

Most caterers will offer some sort of tray service offering drinks to guests as they arrive at the reception. This looks nice and is very welcoming but just have a think about where you actually want the guests to stand around and put the drinks there. I know all this sounds like it’s way too much details but you’d be amazed how great an effect things like this can have.