Drink at your wedding can be one of those little details you almost forget to think about but choosing the right kind of drinks can set your day off brilliantly and get everyone into the party spirit (haha!)
Traditionally with the wedding breakfast there will be a choice of red or white wine followed by a toast with Champagne followed by a drinks reception and the bar in the evening. If you go down this traditional drinks route your venue will most likely be able to price this for you and you will need to consider whether you are paying for the drinks reception drinks and also whether in the evening to have an open bar, a partially pre paid bar or just a normal bar for everyone to buy their drinks from.
Why not think outside the box (or the drinks bottle) and make your drinks set the scene and say something about you as a couple? Across the pond you see Bride & Grooms cocktails where you each choose your favourite cocktails and have them served during the drinks reception or why not make it Pimms O’clock for a relaxed summer garden party feel have waiters circulating with jugs of Pimms ready to quench the thirst of your guests!
Have some fun with your drinks choices and think about printing your cocktail recipes onto cards for your gusts as a memento of your day and even personalised drink stirrers would be a great touch! I love these ones found on Etsy with the ever popular monogram and date.
Another great idea which the lads in particular will love is to get guest ales, craft beers and ciders to host a bit of a beer and cider festival instead of a drinks reception. You could aim to source these locally for a lovely touch!
The great thing about service cocktails, Pimms or holding your own beer and cider festival instead of Champagne or drinks from the bar is that it’s much easier to budget for knowing the number of guests and how much each they will drink and it could end up cheaper for you rather than expensive Champagne or having an open bar. If any guests don’t like these drinks they wont mind buying other drinks from the bar. Remember to also serve non-alcoholic drinks too for all the non-drinkers, drivers and children. Mocktails are becoming a very popular alternative so no one feels left out!
If your budget allows for a free bar then your guests will love you for that but if an open bar is not for you consider whether to pay for the first maybe £200 worth of drinks or even have selected drinks, which you buy in separately either free or subsidized. Remember if you are brining in your own drinks clear it with your venue and you may have to pay corkage.
With weddings becoming more and more about the couple traditions are being shaken off so consider making the drinks about you too!
Thanks for reading!