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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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Superhero Wedding Theme

The marvel universe may dominate the box office these days, but superheroes have long been popular with kids and big kids alike! So if you’re a total comic book or superhero fanatic or indeed your kids are and you want to have a wedding theme that is truly entertaining, then this is the theme for you!

Visually stunning, think lots of vivid primary colours and huge scope for creativity, whether you want to channel your inner Marvel or DC hero for your big day. You can go all out and dress up as your favourite characters from the pages of your comic book heroes or add some simple nods in your cake, your table décor or indeed a few touches around the room.

Above all, this is a theme that doesn’t take itself too seriously and is all about lots and lots of fun.

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

 

Attire

If you’re the sort of couple who want to go all out, then don’t be afraid to dress up as characters from your favourite superhero comics or films. It’s your day, so don’t eel you have to play to convention. If you want to have more subtle nods, then think about superhero cufflinks, garters, socks and buttonholes. Or why not have a little superhero colour or characters incorporated into the bouquets? Or you could dress you flower girl and/or Paige boy in superhero costumes?

 

Table Décor

Why not have your tables named after your favourite superheroes and use actual comic books for those table names? Or get creative with your place cards or escorts cards and give them a superhero makeover with some comic book pez dispensers or have some POW and BANG style cards with a space for the guests name. And of course your table plan is crying out for a superhero makeover too. For the table itself why not go for vivid primary colours for your floral centrepieces or stack comics in amongst your arrangement.

 

Around the Room

You’ve got to have some superhero style props and masks for a photobooth! Think of having capes, shields, fake weapons and masks and let your guests have fun! If you’re DIY lover, then why not make some streamers or pompoms out of actual comic books?

 

Cake

If you don’t want to go all out with your superhero theme, then confirming it to the cake is the perfect way to express your comic book passions. Chat to your cake maker about your ideas, your favourite superheroes and fun ways to incorporate them into the design of the cake.

 

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Wedding Reception Entrance Ideas

There are lots about a wedding day that is traditional. There’s certain milestones throughout the day, that are truly magical and ones you’ll look back on. There’s the walk down the aisle. The couple seeing each other for the first time. The kiss after becoming married, the speeches, the first dance and the cutting of the cake.

But one of the most underrated parts of the day is the entrance into the meal as a married couple. It is one of those parts of the day that most couples doesn’t give a thought to, but it is one of the most enjoyable. It’s the first time you’ll be referred to as Mr & Mrs, Mrs & Mrs Mr & Mr, or the bride and groom etc. Generally your guests all rise to their feet and cheer and clap and it’s just a truly relaxed beautiful moment.

So why not give some thought to how you’re actually going to do your entrance? From flash mobs, to balloon drops to everything in between, there are plenty of ways to really make your entrance.

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

 

Music or Dance

Whether you have a favourite song you both love to absolutely boogie too, or you want to surprise your guests with a specially choreographed routine to knock their socks off, this sort of entrance, really defines the expression ‘making an entrance!’ If you do go for this option, then go all the way with it. Do make sure you discuss it with your other half first, as going off half-cocked freestyle can lead to disaster. Remember though, everyone who is there is a friend or family so they’ll all be cheering you on.

 

Balloon Drop

Why not go for something really unexpected like a balloon, rose petal or confetti drop? This still give the entrance a fun element, but takes the pressure off the couple to perform.

 

 

Quirky Ideas

Why not arrive into the venue with the bride on the groom’s back piggyback or fireman’s lift style? Or have a finish line set up and run through it? Or what about being lead in by a live singer or why not dim the light sin the room and come in with sparklers or have a light show organised?

 

Flash Mob

This one involves the entire bridal party so get your bridesmaids and best man in on the action. Arrive into the venue in whatever style you wish, generally to music and then usher the rest of the crowd onto the dancefloor too. Its huge fun and a great way to break the ice before the meal and speeches too.

 

 

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Edible Wedding Favours

Having a wedding favour for each guest is not only a lovely surprise for your family and friends, but it also allows you to channel your creative side. Try and pick an item that fits in with your overall theme if you can and something you know your guests will enjoy.

Sometimes it can be hard to pick something that’s going to appeal to both men and women and to all ages. So an edible favour is an obvious choice because it will delight everyone universally.

There’s a huge scope of options when it comes to this choice, you could go for something as simple as a single chocolate, up to elaborate items like homemade jams or mini cakes.

Try and find something that’s going to fit in with your overall budget and will be appealing to everyone.

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

 

Sweet Treats

It’s a safe bet that most people love a sweet treat. Weddings can be very long days for guests, if they’ve had to get up early, make a long journey etc, they may not have eaten properly for hours and would like nothing more than a treat to whet their appetite before the meal. Think about everything from a single macaroon, to an iced cookie, mini cake, donuts.

 

Savoury

Cheese is a great choice, especially if the couple are big cheese lovers but don’t want to go all out on a cheese wedding cake. Think about some mini varieties of your favourites parcelled up with crackers and even a personalised mini cheese knife. Or what about a single piece of sushi or bento box? Chutneys are also a good choice, as are some mini loaves or artisan styles of bread packaged in personalised paper bags. And the piece de resistance has to be Tayto crisps and bread which guest can keep for their midnight snack.

 

Personalised

Any kind of edible favour will be even more appreciate if you can personalise it. It will of course take a little extra time and effort but if you can afford do to it, it’s really worth it. You can put each guests name on the item, or perhaps find out their favourite flavour of whatever you are offering – be in a cake, macaroon, cookie, jam or drink.

 

DIY

If you’re a dab hand and making things at home, then this is the perfect time to flex those muscles for good. Think about making things like Jam or honey in personalised jars. What about whipping up some Sloe Gin, flavoured vodka, or homebrew? Or why not let the guests get in on the DIY action with some jars filled with hot chocolate or cookie mix?

 

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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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70s Boho Wedding Theme

One of the big wedding trends this year is for a hippy, dippy, 70s inspired boho-chic vibe. It’s a theme that is huge fun to play around with and lends itself so well to wedding décor. The trend is all about that free-spirited ethos that summed up the era. Think relaxed, peace and love and you’ve got it.

If you and your partner are really into the 70s feel, then you can literally channel the vibe through every aspect of the day, from what you wear, right up to the décor, music, food and drinks.

Of course you don’t have to go all out with the trend either. Using a few subtle touches can work incredibly well.  Think macramé detailing, dreamcatchers, floral crowns, rugs, draping, crochet and feathers.

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

 

Bridal Fashion

Think floral crowns, bell sleeves, lace and ruffles and if you’re feeling like you want to make a high fashion statement then why not consider the bridal jumpsuit instead of a dress? Or just have the jumpsuit ready to change into come dance time. Don’t forget the temporary henna tattoos, block platforms, sandals and dip dyes. For the grooms, think ruffles and flares to really take the look to the max.

 

Macramé and Woven Accents

Macramé is the ultimate in boho-chic décor. Think hanging macramé installations holding terracotta pots with assorted florals. Use it for backdrops, chair decor and table runners too. Don’t forget crochet, woven accents and dreamcatchers featuring macramé and feathers in an assortment of colours.

 

Tepees

Nothing says 70’s party hippie vibe like a tepee and even if you don’t have the outdoor space or weather to create one, you can still put something together indoors and have it as a sort of chill out area. It doesn’t have to be elaborate either. You could put something small together with lots of highly decorative cushions, crochet blankets and rugs to complete the look. Or if you’re having a marquee or tent wedding then this is prime for being turned into a full on 70s tepee.

 

VW Vans

The retro Volkswagen Camper Van truly radiates the free spirit of the 70s and would be the ideal mode of transport for the newly married couple to make their way to their venue in. It could also double as a fantastic prop for your pictures or as a bit of a chilled out hangout area for your guests? Or why not have a 70s camper van food truck to feed your guests for their midnight feast?

 

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The Day After the Wedding

These days weddings have become something of a two or three day affair with many couples having intimate dinners the day before the ceremony and hosting something more casual for close family and friends the day after the ‘I do’s too. It’s a great way to keep the party going in a laid back less formal setting and indeed it’s perfect for catching up with those you might only have had a fleeting moment to chat to on the wedding day, which is hectic.

However, while it’s nice to extend the celebrations beyond just one day, there are certainly things to consider, first being the cost and your budget. Second, it can also be a stretch for some guests to stay an extra day or night and you’ll need to take this into account when organising something. Finally, remember you don’t have to organise something for the following day, so don’t feel under pressure if you just want to relax as a newly married couple.

If you do want to organise a special day after the wedding event, then feel free to get in touch to chat about this or any other aspect of your wedding day plans or décor.

 

Keep it Casual
The key word for the day after the wedding is casual! Guests will be tired from the night before and a sit down affair is something to be avoided. Also many people may need to hit the road early enough and may unable to stay for an evening meal, so think about having a casual brunch, late lunch or early dinner where people can pop in and out without feeling tied down. Forget seating plans, suits, centrepieces and cake cutting and instead just sit, chat and enjoy the day after.

 

Who to invite?
Generally speaking the day after the wedding celebrations are for close friends and immediate family, but there’s no hard and fast rule on this. If you do want to make the event something for everyone who’s coming to the wedding, then make sure to have this information on the invitation as you’ll need to confirm numbers in advance. Otherwise often just word of mouth is enough.


Venue
Your venue will probably have plenty of options available if you want to do something on site, from BBQ areas, to private dining or even small function rooms. If not though, why not think about heading to a local pub for some casual food and drinks, or you could always arrange a caterer to offer some food and drinks in your own home

 

Food and Drinks
If you’re budget allows then you might want to push the boat out and hire in a food truck or host a buffet BBQ or even a pig on a spit, but don’t feel you have to foot the bill for everything, you can cover the food but let the guests order any drinks themselves; many will be driving home so it’s likely to be a non-issue. You could always ask your close family and friends to head to the local pub for some laid back food and drinks instead and you can ask for the pub to throw in some complimentary finger food if the numbers allow.

 

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Go Vertical With Your Wedding Decor

When most couples consider the decor for their wedding receptions, they rarely look upwards and think about ways to use the vertical space above, as well as just what they can see in their immediate periphery. Maximising vertical space is not only a hot wedding trend at the moment, but it is a really practical way to make the most of your venue and has a stunning visual impact.

Whether your budget is big or small you can still find plenty of ways to make use of the vertical space. For example budget friendly items such as paper lanterns, ribbons, streamers or tea lights can all be used to great effect over tables, dancefloors or as a focal point or backdrop in the room.

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

Hanging florals
Hanging florals come in all shapes and sizes and can really give your venue the wow factor. But even if you can’t afford to go all out with an impressive or large hanging fresh floral style installation over your tables, you can still channel the trend by adding greenery to chandeliers, or making DIY hula hoop chandeliers for example. Another quirky take on this trend is to use hanging pots filled with your favourite plants and blooms.

 

Lighting
Lighting is one of the most important aspects of your wedding decor and can help set the mood like nothing else. So when it comes to the vertical space, lighting can be used to great effect to create a really romantic, inviting atmosphere. Think hanging tea lights, Edison bulbs, Chinese lanterns, storm lanterns, and so on. Suspend them over your tables, over the dancefloor or dotted around areas of your venue.

Parasols and Ribbons
If you want to get a bit creative with your hanging décor, then why not try using parasols suspended from the ceiling? Turn them upside down and even fill with florals or lights. Ribbons and streamers are another fantastically creative and very cost effective way to get using the vertical space in your venue and is a great way to add some colour too.

 

Backdrops
One of the simplest ways to make use of the vertical space in your wedding venue is with a backdrop. Fairylight backdrops can be super impressive and set such an inviting tone. Other backdrops can be ideal for both making an impact but also for photos. Think floral walls, vintage style doors, palettes, draping and more. The only limit here is your imagination and of course the height of the room!

 

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Quirky Wedding Menu Ideas

As you get deeper into your wedding day planning, you realise there are many ways to add your own stamp and personal touches along the way. Indeed many of these little touches are just that – small details that actually make a huge impact and anything you can do to make the day feel more personal and special to you both as a couple is always worth looking into.

Menus for example are a great way to add a spark of individuality to proceedings and it doesn’t necessarily have to be a big expense. Many wedding venues and packages will provide a plain printed menu for your reception, but there are lots of ways you can customise the menu to make them almost part of your wedding day décor. For example if you’re going for a rustic style wedding theme, then a large menu on a board or palette would be a great fit. Similarly you need to take into account the type of meal you’re having. If it’s a quite formal affair, then individual menus would work best, but if you’re having long cafeteria style tables or a more relaxed buffet meal, then one or two larger menus for the whole group work perfectly.

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

 

Leaves
Using oversized tropical style leaves is a great alternative for your wedding menu. Ideal if you’re having a classic theme of green and white with a focus on foliage, or indeed if you want to channel that Hawaiian feel, it works very well too.
leaves

 

Doilies
Doilies may be synonymous with the old world, but they can look super smart for your wedding menus. Ideal for a host of themes from vintage to elegant, think about playing around with spraying the doilies different colours, and getting a calligrapher to individually write each one, with each guest’s name on the doily too.
doilies
Chopping Boards & Blackboards
Boards work really well with a more casual themed wedding. Whether that be a rustic, barn style or a wedding with long cafeteria style tables, consider using boards instead of plain printed menus and if you’re serving a buffet or more relaxed style of meal, boards are the perfect match. You could opt for one large oversized board on a palette for example. Large or mini blackboards and chopping boards also work really well.
boards

 

Glass and Mirrors
Similar to boards, creative use of mirrors or glass can work really well for your menus. These are generally larger pieces, akin to the size of the seating plan and is placed in a central location on the room so all the guests can read it.
glass

 

Napkin Menu
This works really well for practically any style of wedding and you can get as creative as you wish. You can also add a personal message and use it as the guest’s place card too, for maximum multi-tasking.
napkin

 

Food and Drink
Why not have a paper bag printed up with the menu on it and inside pop a bread roll or other edible treat for the guests? And if you’re both wine aficionados, why not turn each table’s bottle of wine into the menu via the label?
food-and-drink

 

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Games to Entertain Your Wedding Guests

Weddings can be a long day for everyone. Of course for you, as the couple getting married, most of it will pass by in a wonderful whirlwind of emotions and ceremony, from walking down the aisle, to saying the I do’s, to getting photos taken, to the speeches, cutting the cake and the first dance, most of the day is regimented and set out. For guests, however parts of the wedding can be a little long, especially when you are off getting your photos taken, some guests can feel this part of the day drags slightly.

So it’s a good idea to think about some kind of entertainment. And that doesn’t mean it has to be expensive either. Sure it’s nice to have a musical act entertain your guests during the drinks reception, but with a little thought, there’s plenty of quirkier ways to keep guests having fun, plus it can also serve as a great ice breaker too. Think about giant jenga, connect 4, or if you have outdoor access in your venue maybe some boules or croquet?

To chat about this or any other aspect of your wedding day décor and room theming, then please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me directly.

 

Retro Games
Who doesn’t love a good retro game or board game? Think about classic retro board games dotted around the drinks reception area and let the guests play as they wish, with the likes of draughts, connect 4 and scrabble. And don’t forget about giant versions of these games too, such as giant jenga, a giant word search or giant connect 4!
retro-games

 

Outdoor Fun
If you’ve got access to outdoor space at your venue and the weather allows, then make the most of it with some fun outdoor lawn games everyone will enjoy. Think about having a carnival style theme with old fashioned sack races, ring toss or throwing horseshoes. Classic croquet is always great fun, as is boules. Table tennis is another one that young and old will enjoy and if you’re feeling creative why not DIY a spin the wheel with different tasks for guests to carry out.

outdoor-fun

 

Games at the Table
The fun doesn’t have to stop when the guests sit down to dinner, and indeed here games are even more important as an icebreaker for groups who may not know each other so well. Of course the classic speech sweepstakes is always firm favourite amongst Irish wedding guests, as is the ‘thank you game,’ but others you may want to include are ‘he said, she said,’ wedding madlibs and wedding guest bingo!
table-games

 

Late Night Fun
When the lights go down and the music goes up, it’s a safe bet that most guest will be feeling more relaxed, so why stop the fun and games? Think about games like twister, the limbo, beer pong, a piñata or even fun dance offs or sing offs for guaranteed grown up giggles? Just make sure you’ve got the cameras ready to capture all the shenanigans.
late-night

 

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