When planning what drinks to serve for your wedding, you’ll be faced with a myriad of options but you also need to consider when you and your guests will be drinking on your special day! From Wedding breakfast to the wedding reception and toasting the speeches, there are different wedding drinks you can serve for all of them be it a special wedding cocktail or a hand picked sparkling wine!
Everyone’s tastes are different but planning the moments when you and your guests can wet your whistles will open up some potential ideas for which wedding drinks you want to have and to hold on your special day.
Of course, the first drink should be with your wedding breakfast and as this is a celebration it has to be sparkling wine, when else do you have this excuse! What better way to start your wedding than by popping a bottle at what will doubtless be a special wedding breakfast. If you’re looking for something a little different we can highly recommend our Elderflower blush, which pairs very well with smoked salmon. Unfortunately we’ve not been able to test this on our own wedding breakfast yet!
Wedding cocktails to welcome your guests
After your glass or two of sparkling wine at your wedding breakfast you will likely have a bit of a pause through all the ceremonies and photos!
Your next chance for a wedding drink will be when you get to greet all your guests after the ceremony, the trendy thing is to receive guests with a gentle wedding cocktail or punch that is as refreshing as it is tasty.
Depending on the wedding theme you can explore different flavour combinations of cocktails, or you can be lead by the season of your wedding. For example a winter wedding you might want to go with a take on a mulled wine, such as this mulled bellini or for summer you could try our take on a Pimm’s Royale.
Wedding table drinks
These are the main wedding drinks you’ll be bringing to the table – quite literally. No surprises here with wine – a red, a white, and a rosé if you’re that way inclined – plus bottled water and soft drinks.
There can be a lot of pressure choosing your wedding wine, with so many tastes to balance, so we’d suggest either choosing something that has sentimental significance, or liaising with your caterer for a professionally paired choice specific to your menu. It is worth spending more, even if this means serving less – after all, we want your guests to enjoy the day and end up remembering it too!
The wedding toast
For speeches it is essential to make sure all guests are ready to raise a glass – and usually this means providing something fizzy as the wedding drink. This will most likely be paired with either a desert or left in someone’s hand not long before wedding cake – so something that complements sweetness should be your choice. We have another offering which fits the bill but we won’t over egg the pudding (good advice for your caterers too that – no one likes an over-egged anything).
Wedding drinks with a difference
Later in the evening after the initial euphoria has subsided, inject a little more personality into proceedings, and save time for punters at the bar, with some pre-ordained wedding cocktails as recommended by the happy couple. You could even sprinkle a little competition into the affair, with something for him and something for her – though no matter who sells out quickest, remember it is true love that will win in the end…
A tipple for jitters
For a day about the couple, they are often neglected when it comes to drinking. You will likely not have had a chance to taste your special wedding cocktails. Though everyone’s queuing up to buy you a wedding drink, you spend so long talking to relatives, being marched from photograph to photograph – that you’ll put down your glass and forget it. And your wedding breakfast sparkling wine will have been the only drink you have had by the time you are ready for the first dance!
If anything, save yourselves for a special drink at the end of the night, or have somewhere secluded ready with a truly special bottle that you can enjoy alone. And if you must have something for your nerves – buy something special and you’ll have yourself another memento to enjoy together, and make the happy memories last longer.
Always remember – make sure there’s something special that is non-alcoholic to be enjoyed – it makes all the difference to feel like you’ve not been left out. Above all, have fun with the drinks at your wedding, and use it as another opportunity to personalise the day as yours.
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