What Drinks Should You Serve At Your Wedding?
If you can find a wedding venue where you can supply your own alcohol, you will quickly see just how much money you can save. However, while you will be able to save money on your wedding drinks, do you know what you need to order?
Drinks are an important part of every wedding. Guests will expect a welcome drink on arrival. It is also traditional to have drinks on the table to be enjoyed during the meal. Of course, drinks will be needed for the wedding toasts too. You’ll probably want some drinks available in the evening too, to ensure your dance floor stays full!
It’s your choice if your wedding will be a boozy affair, or something more subdued. When you supply the alcohol for your wedding, you are able to make the decision on how much can be drunk by guests at your special day.
If you’re not sure of the wedding drinks you should be serving and offering, then you are going to find this blog post really useful. We have put together some tops, pointers, ideas and advice to help you decide the drinks you should be serving and how much you will need.
These are also known as welcome drinks. It’s dependent on how your wedding takes place, but these will usually be offered after the ceremony, after the ‘receiving line’. A cold prosecco or Pimm’s are popular choices for the arrival drinks. It’s a good idea to think about a non-alcoholic version for children and those not drinking.
Some couples choose to have a cocktail as their welcoming drinks. This works really well if you can offer a non-alcoholic or mocktail version of the same drink. If you are having a winter wedding why not consider some warming mulled wine or spiced apple cider?
Wedding Breakfast Drinks
Table water is an absolute must for every wedding. You may also choose to provide wine for the table. A bottle of wine equates to roughly four glasses of wine. It is recommended that you offer one bottle of wine per three people. Each table will normally have a bottle of white wine and a bottle of red wine. It is then your choice how much of this wine you will have on the tables for your guests.
Again, remember that some of your guests will not be drinking and some will not like wine. A flavoured sparkling water, fruit juice or posh squash can be a really nice touch. It will be cool and refreshing for your guests and they will enjoy trying new and different flavours too. If your venue has a bar, consider having this open so guests can get drinks from the bar during your wedding breakfast.
Drinks For The Wedding Toast
While providing drinks for the wedding toast is a personal preference, it is traditional. A glass of bubbly, either champagne or prosecco is recommended for guests to toast during the wedding speeches. If you are working with a low budget for your wedding drinks, we would recommend just asking guests to raise their own glasses.
Each bottle of champagne or prosecco will fill 6 glasses. The only thing you will need to consider is the pouring of the bubbly. If you have staff at the wedding venue, then they may charge you a small fee for this service. If you have an outdoor venue with no staff maybe you could have the bottles on the tables. Or for smaller weddings, you could ask some friends.
Wedding Reception Drinks
If you are holding a wedding reception in a venue with a bar, you may choose now to be the time when guests buy their own drinks. This can help avoid extremely high costs added to your special day. Some couples chose to offer a free bar for their guests; however, this is not the tradition or expected by guests here in the UK. It is unlikely your guests will have any problem buying their own drinks. However, if it is a cash only bar, make sure you let guests know in advance.
If you are providing the drinks yourself for the wedding reception, we would recommend that you have a selection of wines, beers, soft drinks and basic spirits, along with mixers and ice. It is likely your guests will have 2 drinks within the first hour of your wedding reception. After this, it is roughly one drink per person per hour. Keep these figures in mind when thinking about how much drink you have to order. Consider your guests and the drinks they enjoy too.
What Drinks Should You Serve At Your Wedding?
There is no right or wrong type or amount of alcohol to provide at a wedding. It’s your special day and as long as you get to marry the love of your life, in the way you want, nothing else matters. Choose drinks that you like and that you know your guests will enjoy. If you need any help choosing the right drinks for your wedding or you would like any recommendations – just give our team a call.