It’s pretty expected that you’ll serve something to drink at your wedding (duh!), but the drinks you serve can actually give your reception a “wow” factor most people wouldn’t expect. More than just thirst quenchers, a special beverage can be another way to make your reception personal and special.
Here are 5 different growing drink trends that can add real impact to a reception:
Hot Beverage Bar – In this heat, it’s hard to think about hot drinks, but on a chilly night towards the end of your wedding reception or even in fall or winter, a hot chocolate or coffee bar with all of the fixings will give your guests a nice jolt of caffeine to keep the party going well into the night. For a hot chocolate bar, think marshmallows, caramel drizzle, whipped cream, and maybe some Kahlua, while the coffee bar can offer espressos, cappuccinos, and lattes, as well as be stocked with do-it-yourself add-ins like flavored creamers and Bailey’s Irish Cream.
Bubbly Bar – Flutes of sparkling wine can easily become specialty cocktails by offering a range of fresh squeezed juices, herb-infused flavorings, liqueurs, and/or fruit. Consider additions that create the color(s) of your wedding or include a local ingredient (see trend #4 below).
Decorative Ice Cubes – Whether infused with herbs or edible flowers or made in unique shapes, ice cubes can add a decorative element to cocktails while also tying into your wedding’s décor theme or color scheme.
Go Local – Show pride of place for your hometown or wedding location by choosing to serve locally produced drinks (liquor, wine, beer, soda, juice, etc) or locally grown ingredients to add to drinks (herbs, honey, flowers, fruit, etc). It not only feels special and unique, it supports your local economy.
Tradition – I once attended a Russian wedding where a bottle of vodka (or wahd-ka) was on every guest table and shots were taken throughout the entire reception as various toasts were given, as was tradition. Adding an element of your – or your newly betrothed’s – cultural heritage is a great way to personalize your reception, as well as pay homage and share a special family tradition with all of your guests.
Are you planning to include any of these trends in your upcoming wedding reception?