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Wedding Reception Drinks Ideas

Wedding receptions have come a long way from the traditional glass of bubbles on arrival. Of course, that’s not to say there is anything wrong with this however; you cannot beat a classic.  At the same time, there is now so much more scope for having something a little different for your wedding drinks reception.

Bubbles, prosecco, champagne are all wonderful luxuries and are perfect for the occasion, but if you want to put your own stamp on your wedding day and you have the budget, then why not consider creating something a little more unique. Something that reflects your personalities and tastes.

Think specially created his ‘n’ hers drinks, milk and cookies for the kids, winter warmers and summer coolers.

Here’s some visual inspiration for you. In the meantime don’t hesitate to get in touch with me directly if you wish to chat about any aspect of your wedding planning and décor.

 

 

Cocktails

The great thing about cocktails is that they are a bit special. The glasses, the colours and the names are often bursting with fun, which make them ideal for your wedding reception. Ideally it would be nice to offer guests a choice, but if you want to stick to your budget then why not choose a champagne style of cocktail that’s likely to appeal to everyone? If you want to do something a little more experimental then don’t be afraid to go for it, it’s your wedding day after all.

 

Bespoke

Why not create something totally unique to welcome your guests? A signature his ‘n’ hers drink (one of your favourite drinks) for example or cocktail is a wonderful idea as it will reflect your personality as a couple. If your venue has a mixologist, why not work with them to come up with a brand new drink that reflects both of you as a couple?

 

For the Kids

If you’ve got little people at your wedding day, then putting in a little effort to make them feel included really is worth it. A tray of snazzy milk and cookies for example, with cool straws and retro bottles will really make their day complete… and let’s just say one or two adults might love it too!

 

Non-Alcoholic Options

Not everyone is going to want an alcoholic drink at the wedding reception for a variety of reasons; people want to pace themselves, there will be designated drivers and non-drinkers. So don’t forget to cater for them. They can often feel a little forgotten at occasions like this, so why not come up with something that isn’t just your standard mineral. Homemade lemonade stations are a fantastic idea and then let the guests help themselves. Kids love these too by the way.

 

Warmer Uppers

If you’re having a winter wedding, then something warm is very welcome. Hot chocolate is a great choice and you can leave out an array of additions like marshmallows and cream for guest to adorn them with. But also consider drinks such as spiced apple cider or mulled wine or why not have a bespoke tea station with a variety of herbal teas for guests to try?

 

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Creative Wedding Reception Drinks Ideas

There’s plenty about weddings that are steeped in tradition and the idea of the champagne drinks reception on arrival is certainly one of them. But there’s no reason why you have to stick with the rulebook here. While it’s lovely to have drinks to welcome your guests, you don’t have to serve bubbles. Instead think of this as the perfect opportunity to set the tone for your wedding day to come, so why not have some fun and serve something more unique.

Think about having bespoke cocktails, retro lemonade stations, ice cold beer served in old fashioned tins and troughs or for the younger guest’s milk and cookies? The only limit is you imagination.

If you’d like to chat about this or any other aspect of your wedding day décor or planning, then please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me directly.

 

Colourful cocktails

Be it a cotton candy champagne cocktail, to the classic cosmo, or something bespoke served in mason style jars, think colour and fun when it comes to these drinks.  Use different glasses, glitter and colour to make things really stand out. And why not offer a special his and hers option with a bespoke cocktail from the bride and a special creation from the groom too!

 

Retro Lemonade

A great idea for summer weddings, why not offer your guests some refreshing lemonade flavours served from large, retro Kilner style containers? Think about traditional lemonade flavours, but also consider different options in keeping with the season, such as fresh berries, elderflower or even fresh cucumber? Offer boozy and non-boozy varieties to keep everyone happy.

 

 

Old Fashioned Refreshments Troughs

From troughs, to canoes, to wheelbarrows, to old tins and even baths, ice cold beers displayed in any of these retro inspired ways is a fantastically fun take on your drinks reception.  Of course you don’t have to just serve beer this way, you can offer a variety of drinks, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic alike.

 

Hot Drinks

If you’re tying the knot in the winter months then think about something warming and welcoming like hot chocolate laced with bourbon. What about hot apple cider or fruit punch? Think about Irish coffees, lattes and lots of luscious toppings too and let guests help themselves.

 

For the kids

If you’ve got younger guests at your wedding reception, then don’t leave them out. Having something special just for them will really make them feel part of the day. Milk and cookie style drinks and canapes are ideal for children and they’ll just love the idea that they have special drinks just for them. Why not consider flavoured milks too and all sorts of different cookies.

 

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