It’s the time of year for celebration!
With parties, dinners, drinks nights and family get-togethers galore, the festive season is all about drinking, dancing and being merry!
You may be raising a glass in toast to the New Year on Thursday night: perhaps 2015 is the year you got engaged, or you’re welcoming your first New Year as a married couple? Congratulations from WeddingHour!
All this talk of celebration has, of course, turned our thoughts to the best drinks to toast your wedding day. For reception drinks, a glass for the speeches and after-party drinks, there are plenty of options for you to choose from (and sampling surely has to be one of the most fun parts of planning!).
Whether you choose champagne or bucks fizz, fancy mixing bespoke cocktails for your guests or want to toast your marriage with a festive winter warmer, here are our top tips for the best drinks for your big day:
Traditional, classic, timeless: nothing says wedding day elegance like champagne. Synonymous with luxury, it’s the drink of choice for the glamourous bride. Perfect for toasting the speeches and clinking glasses with your new husband or wife!
Fancy a twist on the tradition? Take inspiration from Christine Bleakley and Frank Lampard, who married just last week: they chose miniature, individual champagne bottles! Cute, quirky and little risk of spills on your dress!
Try a bucks fizz or a prosecco if you’re looking to keep the glamour high and costs low.
Having a winter wedding? Nothing will warm up your guests quite like a cosy mulled wine! With a wonderful scent that captures the spirit of winter, it really will make your guests feel at home.
For a winter warmer that suits your big day theme, you could serve the drinks in mugs that match your colour scheme.
For the alcohol-free option, try a mulled fruit drink or even a hot Ribena for the children.
Festival wedding? Free from fuss? Go for beers, larger and ciders, served in ice baths for an informal approach. If you’re having an outdoor, summer wedding, a cold beer is ideal for cooling your guests down. You can also save money by buying in bulk.
Real ale fan? How about serving drinks direct from the keg? Another ideal serve-yourself options for your guests, as well as a fun ideal for a real ale aficionado!
Of course, there are plenty of alcohol-free or low-alcohol options for your guests too.
There’s an increasing trend for serving cocktails at your wedding, and we can see why! They really bring the party spirit to your big day.
Why not serve a bespoke cocktail? Ask a mixologist to come up with something special using the spirits and flavours that you both love the most, and give it a great name! Have a look at some of the best in the industry with our approved supplier guide.
Non-alcoholic cocktails are also a fantastic option for guests who don’t drink alcohol. They’re more fun than just an orange juice, and make your guests feel more involved in the party. Non-alcoholic cocktails, such as blends of fruit juices, are the perfect fun option for children.
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Which drinks did you choose for your wedding day? Let us know your ideas and share your own tips and tricks with us at WeddingHour: [email protected].