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  • Writer's pictureRaeven Sherman

The Pros and Cons of a DIY vs Professional Bar Service



When planning your event, one of the most important decisions you will make is choosing a bar service. A well-planned bar can make or break your reception, and it is essential to consider whether to go the DIY route or hire a professional bar service. Both options have their pros and cons, and it is essential to weigh them carefully before making a decision. Blackbirds & Tonic is the perfect choice for an stress-free and elegant professional bar service at your event. We offer either a Horse trailer bar or a satellite bar for your event.


DIY Bar Service Pros:

  • Cost-effective: A DIY bar service is often less expensive than hiring a professional bar service. You can purchase your own alcohol, mixers, and garnishes, and save money on labor costs.

  • Personalized: With a DIY bar service, you have complete control over the menu, drinks, and presentation. You can create a custom menu that fits your taste and theme.

  • Fun: Setting up a DIY bar can be a fun and creative way to add a personal touch to your wedding.

DIY Bar Service Cons:

  • Time-consuming: Setting up a DIY bar can be time-consuming and requires a lot of planning and preparation. You will need to purchase all the necessary equipment, mixers, and garnishes, and set up the bar before the wedding.

  • Stressful: A DIY bar service can be stressful, especially if you are already busy with other wedding planning tasks. It can be challenging to manage the bar service during the wedding, and you may not have time to enjoy your special day.

  • Lack of experience: If you are not a professional bartender, you may not have the experience or knowledge to create delicious drinks or handle the bar service smoothly. This can lead to mistakes and dissatisfaction among your guests.

Professional Bar Service Pros:

  • Stress-free: Hiring a professional bar service, such as Blackbirds & Tonic, means that you can relax and enjoy your special day without worrying about the bar service. Our team of experienced bartenders will handle all the details, allowing you to sit back and enjoy your special day.

  • Experience: Professional bartenders have the experience and knowledge to create delicious drinks and handle the bar service smoothly. Blackbirds & Tonic team has the experience to offer a wide variety of drink options, including signature cocktails, wine and beer, and can customize a menu to fit your taste and theme.

  • Variety: With a professional bar service, you have the option to choose from a variety of bar setups, such as a Horse trailer bar or a satellite bar. Blackbirds & Tonic offers both options to fit your wedding theme and style.

  • Professionalism: A professional bar service will add a touch of elegance and professionalism to your wedding, impressing your guests and making your special day even more memorable.

Professional Bar Service Cons:

  • Cost: Hiring a professional bar service can be more expensive than a DIY bar service, as you will need to pay for labor and equipment costs.

  • Less control: With a professional bar service, you may have more restrictions when it comes to things like who can serve alcohol, over the menu, drinks, and presentation. However, Blackbirds & Tonic team will work with you to create a custom menu that fits your taste and theme.

In conclusion, choosing between a DIY and professional bar service for your event is a personal decision that depends on your preferences, budget, and experience. If you are looking for a stress-free and elegant bar service, Blackbirds & Tonic is the perfect choice. We offer either a Horse trailer bar or a satellite bar, and our team of experienced bartenders will handle all the details.


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