Have you been considering a mobile car for your Pennsylvania Wedding? Mobile bars have become increasingly popular over the past couple of years, especially with the increase in elopements and backyard weddings. But, that’s not the only place you could use a mobile bar! In fact, a mobile bar is a great option for when your venue doesn’t provide alcohol or bar services.
We asked Brittany and Candice, owners of Lehigh Valley’s The Backyard Bar Co. to walk us through what it’s like to hire a mobile bar. Including what you need to know beforehand, who buys the alcohol and how they can help you pick the perfect cocktail menu!
Tell us about you and your services
Describe a typical wedding day?
We always arrive on site 3 hours before our service starts to get parked and unhitched. From there, we’ll collect the alcohol from the host and start setting up for the day. Service runs just like your typical bar. We mix and pour whatever drink a guest orders off the couple’s chosen menu.
We’ll also do last call 15 minutes before the end of the event for those last minute drinks as we start cleaning up for the day. Any extra alcohol gets placed into coolers or the original boxes so it’s ready to be transported home or to the after party!
What should couples expect before the wedding day?
Prior to the wedding day, we discuss the couple’s budget and visions for the bar and come up with a few ideas. Sometimes a couple knows exactly what they want and other times they want our suggestions. We love it when a couple gives us some flavor profiles and liquors that they like because then we can present some great craft cocktail options for the couple to choose from.
One thing we really like is when couples send us pictures of their wedding day vision. Whether it’s their Pinterest boards or a picture of their invite, anything that can help us make sure to add special touches to our bar decor and drink garnishes that fit their wedding day aesthetic!
so...Who buys the alcohol?
What should couples know if considering a mobile bar service?
The most important things to note are that we are insured to serve alcohol, not to sell it. This is why the host will need to purchase all of the alcohol for the event. The second is that we do need to have a flat area to park our trailer on (ie: no hills, rugged or uneven surfaces!). Make sure to check with the venue or find a location on your property beforehand so we have a clear idea as to where we can park on the day of the event.
Apart from that, be prepared for the most unfor