Celebrating with guests at your wedding rehearsal dinner is such a fun way to kick off an exciting weekend. Whether you're opting for a formal rehearsal dinner or a more laid-back approach, it's a good idea to incorporate a great bar experience. There are various ways to do this and lucky for you, we have some experts who are here to help! With different bar packages to choose from, Caty of Mere Bulles is sharing all about how you can create the best rehearsal dinner bar experience for you and your guests! Keep scrolling to read the interview below.
What are your bar/drink options/packages at Mere Bulles?
Caty: At Mere Bulles we have bar three different bar packages. All three packages can be used for 1 hour, 2 hours or 3 hours. The Basic Package includes McCormick Vodka, McCormick Gin, McCormick Rum, Kentucky Gentleman Bourbon, Inverhouse Scotch and Montezuma Tequila. In addition to those liquors you have the choice of three of the following wines: Coastal Vines Chardonnay, Cabernet, Merlot, White Zinfandel, Pinot Noir, Pinot Grigio and Duc de Valmer Brut Champagne. 1 hour = $16 per person, 2 hours = $21 per person and 3 hours = $26 per person.
Call Bar Package includes Tito's Vodka, Skyy Vodka, Jack Daniel's, Captain Morgan Spiced Rum, Dewars White Label Scotch, Johnnie Walker Red, Beefeater Gin, Luna Azul Tequila and Bacardi Light Rum. 1 hour = $20 per person, 2 hours = $24 per person and 3 hours = $28 per person.
Premium Brands Package includes Grey Goose Vodka, Belvedere Vodka, Bombay Sapphire Gin, Tanqueray Gin,Chivas Regal Scotch, Johnnie Walker Black, Buffalo Trace, Makers Mark Bourbon, Bacardi Light Rum, Captain Morgan Spiced Rum, Patron Silver Tequila and Luna Azul Tequila. 1 hour = $24 per person, 2 hours = $28 per person and 3 hours = $32 per person. Both The Call Bar Package and the Premium Brands Package come with the choice of four of the following wines: Chardonnay - Coastal Vines, Kendall Jackson, F. Coppola or Raeburn. Pinot Grgio - Coastal Vines, Kris or Jones Pinot Gris. Sauvignon Blanc - St. Supery or White Haven. Pinot Noir - Coastal Vines or Avalon. Cabernet Sauvignon - Coastal Vines, Beringer or Drumheller. Other Reds - Coastal Vines, Charles Smith Velvet, Devil Merlot or Finca Merlot. Other Whites - Coastal Vines White Zin, Beringer Dry Rose or Relax Riesling. Sparkling - Duc de Valmer Brut, Cavicchiolo Prosecco or Ruffino Sparkling Rose. Each package includes all bottled and draft beer.
What type of liquor, wine, and beer do you offer?
Caty: Mere Bulles is better known for our extensive wine list, but we do also offer a handful of beers. We have close to 200 different liquors in house. Bottled beer: Michelob Ultra, Budlight, Blue Moon, Corona, Yuengling, Yazoo Hop Perfect IPA, Yazoo Pale Ale and Turtle Anarchy Portly Stout. Draft Beer: Stella Artois, Budlight and Bearded Iris Homestyle IPA.
What is the typical bar menu like at a Mere Bulles rehearsal dinner?
Caty: Most rehearsal dinners choose to do alcohol by consumption. Meaning you are only charged per bottle opened. A lot of my rehearsal dinners choose to have wine and beer available for their guests and we have all of their selections on a designated table. There is always a server assigned to the bar table to open the wine and beer as well as pour it for them. Often my clients choose three or so different bottled beers and one or two reds and one or two whites to offer their guests. Mixed drinks can be added to the hosts tab as well if they want to offer liquor drinks to their guests. When it comes to alcohol by consumption we try to make it as easy as possible and as customized as possible to each particular clients needs.
Is there a certain amount of alcohol you need to order for the event or is everything already on hand?
Caty: Typically we have everything in house that we will need. If a group thinks they are going to drink a surplus of certain items that is good to know so we are sure to be fully stocked and ready for their event.
What does the additional cost look like to add a bar to your rehearsal dinner?
Caty: If you want a table within your room that has liquor at it there is an additional charge of $150. To have beer and wine in the room there is no additional charge.
What food and wine pairings do you recommend?
Caty: Something that has been really popular recently with a lot of my rehearsal dinners is having a large fruit, cheese and cracker tray next to wine and beer table. This gives your guests something to snack on while they mingling before they sit down for dinner.
Is there anything else you'd like to share about Mere Bulles rehearsal dinner bar?
Caty: At Mere Bulles we understand how important the rehearsal dinner is to such a special weekend and love being apart of them. We would love to be able to assist in creating some of the best memories before such a big day!