While we鈥檙e totally on board with making your wedding聽yours, the one thing that鈥檚 almost universally necessary is an open bar. Think of it like聽Field of Dreams: If you open bar it, they will come鈥 and have a good time. We reached out to ThirstyNest, the first ever wine and spirits wedding registry, for their advice on creating the perfect wedding bar. There are several things to take into account when making your wedding bar plan. Everyone鈥檚 friends and family are a little different, so this guide should be taken as a baseline barometer since you know your guests best!

Step 1: Create a budget.聽Similar to any other decision for your wedding, the first聽step is to set your overall budget. How much do you want to spend on an open bar? A good general rule of thumb is one serving per guest per hour. So, based on a wedding of about 100 guests that runs about 4 hours, you鈥檒l need 400 servings. Your budget will determine what those servings are made up of.

Step 2: Know your audience.聽Does your family generally polish off a bottle of bourbon after Thanksgiving? Or are they more on the conservative side, sticking to a glass of white wine during hors d鈥檕euvres? Use these habits as a clue when considering what type of bar makes the most sense for your guests. With some groups, a full bar might not be necessary, while for others, it would be a cardinal sin not to have whiskey with the bridal bouquet throw.

Step 3: Decide where and when.聽Your venue and the season are big factors when determining the makeup of your bar. For example, an outdoor summer wedding would call for a more refreshing drink menu, such as chilled ros茅 and spritzers. On the other hand, an indoor winter wedding should stock more cozy choices, like bold red wines and Old Fashioned cocktail ingredients. Also take into account the actual time of day. Keep in mind that if you鈥檙e having an evening wedding, your guests will likely drink more once the sun goes down.

Step 4: Do the math.聽Once you鈥檝e made decisions on all of the above factors, you can look into the components of the type of bar you鈥檇 like to create. It鈥檚 time for some fancy booze-math,聽which is way more fun than regular math. Generally, one bottle of wine equals four servings, one beer equals one serving, and one bottle of liquor will get you 16 servings. If you wanted to do 50 percent wine, 20 percent beer, and 30 percent liquor (full bar) for 100 guests at a five-hour wedding, you鈥檇 need five cases of wine, 100 beers, and 12 bottles of spirits. Within each category, break it down based on what your guests will enjoy most. We always suggest having ros茅 and sparkling, white, and red wines on hand; a pale ale-style beer along with a darker option; and a variety of spirits with a focus on vodka, gin, and whiskey.

Overall, no matter which option you go with, all of your guests will have an amazing time. They鈥檙e there to celebrate your wedding with you, so don鈥檛 stress. Relax, and enjoy your wedding day to the fullest. Cheers!

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(Photos via聽Brett Heidebrecht Photography, A Bryan Photography, and聽The Edges Wedding Photography)