Alright, we have all heard this mantra before. Never assume anything. It just doesn't lead to anything very good for anyone. And that is especially true when it comes to your wedding plans. You want to be very specific when you are asking questions of potential vendors. One of the things that many people take for granted when it comes to hiring their reception venue and their caterer is that they think one of the two will be providing a bartender and the alcohol. We urge you to stop thinking this right now because it is not necessarily the case. There is a very good chance that you will have to go out and find your own bartender. And this is a much more important decision that you might think. First of all, not everyone is adept at serving drinks even though they call themselves a bartender. But even if they are, that doesn't mean that they know how to interact with your guests and foster a great environment where everyone is laughing and enjoying themselves. So, it this ends up being you, there are a few things that you need to do in order to ensure that you get a bartender that will be a good match for you and your guests. The first thing that you need to do is to become very familiar with this guide. This guide will help you find quality bartending candidates in the Pittsburgh area. It will then lead you to the perfect candidate who will completely satisfy your bartending needs at your wedding reception.

So, how do you find quality candidates in your area. Your first step should be to harness the power of the world wide web. Do a Google search for “mobile bartenders in the Pittsburgh area.” You should get back a number of results that you should start checking out one by one. As you come across candidates that are experiences and look like they might be worthy of further investigation, jot their name and contact information down. Another potentially profitable source are your family, friends and coworkers. It doesn't hurt to just ask as many as you can and see if anyone has hired a professional bartender for any kind of event, but especially for a wedding reception. Your wedding vendors that you already have a relationship with are also a potential source of candidates. These three sources should provide a number of quality candidates that you will now want to take to the next level in terms of evaluation. Call each candidate on your list and see if your wedding date is open on their calendar. If it is, setup a day and time to interview them about possibly being your reception bartender.

Once you are face to face with each candidate, you need to remember that this is a very serious job interview that you will be conducting. You want everything to be perfect for your wedding. Here are a few pertinent questions that you need to ask. Ask them if they are licensed by the state. This is a must in our opinion. Many venues will not even allow an unlicensed bartender to operate at their location due to liability concerns. Where did they learn to be a bartender? How many years of experience do they have? Where has that experience taken place? You need someone who has been a bartender at weddings preferably. Just because someone has been a bartender at a sports bar does not mean that they would be good for your wedding. Test their expertise right in front of you. Will they help you with the amount of alcohol that you will need to order? What will they bring to your venue and what will you need to provide? How do they handle guests who start to drink too much? How much will their services cost you? Once you have interviewed everyone, you should be able to make an informed decision.