Bartenders : 5 reasons why you want to hire someone

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Let’s face it, you’re here because you like a good party. You’re also here because you likely really enjoy booze. Neither HAS to be part of the other, but it’s a hell of a lot more fun when they collide.

So let’s talk about your wedding. There is a lot of debate about open bars vs toonie bars vs cash bars. But, no matter what your decision, I GUARANTEE that you will not regret hiring a bartender. They will elevate your service and they will become everyone’s best friend by the end of the night. Not to mention that when the bride needs a shot, they are ON IT.

The importance of bar services at your wedding is often overlooked. You are not just hiring bartenders, you need experienced wedding  bar services to ensure a smooth delivery, consistency, high paced, delivery, monitoring consumption, with proper certification. So here are 5 reasons why you should hire a bartender for your wedding:

1. Certifications and insurance

Bartenders are here to help you. They are legitimate businesses and are required to have insurance, certification and often a certain level of experience to serve at your venue. This means that no matter where your bar is, your backyard, a family cottage or The Herb Garden, you will be sure that your bar services are legit and have the experience to handle anything.

2. Set up and Delivery

Is your ceremony on site? Do you require a champagne toast? Dinner wine corked and served?  Bar closed during speeches? Do you need staffing to bus tables and clear drinks? Do you need a bar rental? Glassware? Full set up and take down?

Your bartenders are there for all of that! They will take care of everything so that you and your guests won’t have to worry about anything.

3. Purchasing

Bartenders have experience in knowing how much alcohol to purchase for your wedding based on guest count, bar type, including a cocktail hour, etc. They also help you figure out what other supplies to buy - ice, buckets, garnishes. They also provide non alcoholic options - water with citrus, lemonade.

4. Signature cocktails

Your bartender will chat with you and get to know you as a couple to be able to come up with the perfect signature cocktail for your wedding. They can come up with something completely new and unique or, they can put a twist on a good classic.


Getting your smart serve is something a lot of people can do. The thing most can’t, is be able to tell when Uncle Bob is about to have one drink too many and create a scene. Your bartenders are well versed in these situations and can deescalate any scene while being polite and firm about a guests alcohol consumption.

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I’ve had the pleasure of working with Amanda from Ottawa Mobile Bartenders at two styled shoots and her staff at a beautiful cottage wedding last year. Her whole staff is so attentive to detail and makes not only the prettiest cocktails, but also the best tasting ones! I am forever recommending her services to my couples; so if you’re looking to hire - and we really recommend that you do - go check her out!

Sophie Fortier