Your wedding day is supposed to be the happiest and one of the most memorable days of your life, why do it without good cigars? How about having a cigar bar for your wedding?
One of the newer and more unique wedding reception ideas is setting up a high-end cigar bar for you and your guests. Now, on top of everything else you and your partner are planning, is this a good idea? If it is, how do you do it right? How much will it cost?
We will be answering all of these questions and more to ensure that if it is something you decide to do, it will be a great experience for everyone.
Is it a Good Idea?
Let’s start with the obvious question – is it a good idea to set up a cigar bar at your own wedding reception?
Yes, it definitely is. If it is something you and/or your partner enjoy, and something your friends partake in with you anyway – why wouldn’t you have one? Besides being a unique experience that the guests will talk about for years to come, it also gives your reception a more sophisticated feel, it allows your guests to maybe try something new and leave their comfort zone, and can open up some great conversation if you and/or your friends and family are experts.
What Will it Cost Me?
Now that you have decided to take that bold step and plan a cigar bar for your wedding, the infamous question pops up – what is it going to cost me?
Realistically, it is truly going to depend on what you stock the bar with. You and your partner can shop around, or have a member of the wedding party do so, but if you decide that you have to have the best of the best – it is going to cost you quite a bit more.
The price will also vary depending on the variety you choose for the cigar bar. You will most likely want different sizes, as well as having a variety of blends (mild, medium, robust, etc.) in order to make sure your guests can choose what best suits them.
Certain companies also have the option just to show up and set up the bar for you for a rental fee, which is a little pricier as well.
Luckily with this sort of experience at your reception, there are many different ways to set it up and a variety of nice cigars and alcohol pairings you could include. The price for this is not set in stone.
How to Do it Right
To make sure that the cigar bar is a complete success, there are a few steps you can make to ensure that this is something you and your guests will enjoy.
Something that should be completed before any other planning of a cigar bar is done, is making sure that your wedding venue will allow one. If your venue is outside, the building will have to be smoking-friendly, and they should still be asked if the event is outside as well.
If you are getting married in the winter, you can always check with the location provider to see if you are able to reserve an additional room close to the reception room that has its own ventilation system. Having a separate room also makes the reception safe for pregnant women, minors, or nonsmokers who just want to avoid the secondhand smoke.
For those of you on a stricter budget who want to keep everything in the reception hall, you can still have the bar inside but then ask guests to take the actual smoking outside. If the reception is outside, just set up an area a little further away, so the smoke doesn’t come too close to the other guests.
Cigar Bar Choices
Like we discussed before, it is very important to make sure you are providing your guests with both affordable cigars and a decent variety of choices.
Make sure not to promise something that you can’t deliver. Having all the rarest and most expensive choices, of course, seems like a good idea, until you get the bill. Keeping the length below about six inches and the ring gauge at about 46 up to 52 will keep the cost down slightly, and it will keep guests smoking for less time in order to be present to the whole party.
One of the most enjoyable parts of this process will be pairing up appropriate drinks with the cigars you choose.
Allow your guests different choices between old scotches, sweeter cocktails, dark spirits, and even wine and beer. This will help them to enjoy their cigar smoking to the utmost extent. You can also make specific recommendations for each cigar or allow the wedding guests to pick and choose what they think is best.
Good Luck and Congratulations
We hope this guide was helpful in discerning whether or not you a cigar bar was right to you. Our suggestions on how you can plan your cigar bar were included too.
There are many different ways to make it your own. And with a little planning, it will certainly be a memorable, enjoyable experience for you and your guests. Happy planning and congratulations on the wedding!