While of course people attend your nuptials to celebrate the union between you and your partner, the knees-up (party) that follows is arguably just as big of an attraction too. It’s one of the rare occasions you have to spend time with all those closest to you. So make it count by stocking up all of their favourite drinks!
Whether you are looking to instruct your caterers or if you are taking care of the reception yourselves, it’s always great to know what are the best crowd-pleasers when it comes to alcohol. Here are our top suggestions on some great drinks to serve at weddings to help guide you.
Champagne is the ultimate toasting tipple. It’s a very special moment when everyone raises a glass to your new lives together once the speeches have ended. If you’re on a budget, then something like the Lanson Black Label Champagne is ideal. It comes from one of the oldest champagne houses that was first established in 1760. It also gained a royal warrant from Queen Victoria in 1900, an honour which still remains today. Taste-wise, it’s dry, extra crisp and has a smooth texture.
When only the best will do, it has to be a bottle of Dom Perignon Vintage. Containing a secret blend of chardonnay and pinot noir, notes of woody vanilla and fruits come through on the palate. It’s a wine that is full of complexity, offering much to discover with every sip. Dom Perignon is also a popular choice to commemorate wedding anniversaries too. Though it’s on the pricier side, it’s a champagne to opt for when you really want to wow your guests.
The next best alternative to champagne is a prosecco. This Italian sparkling wine has a sophisticated charm about it and is more approachable than champagne. It’s also a drink that works well when served with food, making it an ideal choice to accompany your wedding breakfast.
As well as its popularity, another advantage of prosecco is its affordability. As an example, you can pick up 6 bottles of La Gioiosa Prosecco Brut for under £50, which is perfect for filling up those toast glasses. Alternatively, a sparkling rose offers a perfect hybrid between champagne and wine. For summer weddings especially, it’s just the tipple.
After all the formalities of the ceremony are over, who doesn’t look forward to a nice cold pint? Beer is probably one of the best drinks to stock up on a wedding as it’s not only popular but versatile too. If you’re doing your own reception, it’s easy to grab large crates of beer that will keep everyone’s thirsts quenched. Beer also pairs well with food too.
There’s plenty of choices when it comes to the type of beer you choose. From classics such as Budweiser and Heineken to unusual flavoured beer or even alcohol-free beer. It’s probably going to be the most consumed beverage at the reception, so it pays to offer plenty of variety for your guests.
When it’s time to get the party started cocktails are the only way to do it. For the base of your cocktails, you’ll need spirits such as gin, vodka or rum. Even from these 3 spirits, there are hundreds of cocktails you can make from the likes of a cosmopolitan to a rum punch. Don’t forget your mixer drinks too, which also double up as great non-alcoholic drinks for younger guests too.
Alternatively, you can also buy premixed cocktails, which are also ideal for hen parties. Here you can find the likes of peach schnapps to southern comfort, as well as a classic gin and tonic. These are great for enjoying on the go and can help you serve a wide range of cocktails rather than having to mix them all yourself.
Most people will look for a mix of red, white and rosé varieties. The exact type you choose may also depend on the food you serve. For example, red wines pair beautifully with heartier dishes such as red meat or spicy food. An ideal wine for such cuisine would be the Barefoot Jammy Red, which has delicious notes of raspberry, pomegranate and cherry.
For the likes of fish or pasta, white wine works well. Your guests may also prefer a dry white wine over a more acidic red wine. For practicality purposes, white wine is less likely to stain the bride’s dress too! For an extra special white wine, something like the Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand is a real showstopper. Brands such as Jacob’s Creek or Blossom Hill make great table wines, especially if you are on a budget.
Stock Up On Your Favourite Alcohol
We hope the above has whetted your appetite for wedding-appropriate tipples! Essentially, you want to provide plenty of crowd-pleasers as well as something special to toast with. If you are planning a wedding for yourself or on behalf of someone else, then we are here to help.
As well as stocking a wide range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, we’d also be more than happy to advise you too. Please get in touch with your requirements and we’ll do our best to help you with your special day!