Many of us have been to a wedding where the alcohol flowed freely at an open bar or that wedding where you had to pay for your own drinks. Unless you have a sizable drink budget, an open bar can leave your wallet bare or can lead to over indulgence fueled drama. Having your guests pay for their own drinks…not so much. It’s better to have a dry wedding than make your guests feel like they are at a bar, paying for a two drink minimum.
What’s a couple to do when faced with the alcohol issue? Weigh the costs against your budget. If you can’t afford an open bar, consider beer and wine only. Beer and wine sound a bit boring? Here comes your friend, the signature drink!
Signature drinks are great as they provide your guests with a little drinkypoo similar to beer or wine, but add an element of fun by trying something new or theme oriented. You can have just one or my favorite idea, a his and hers drink. The bride picks one and the groom picks one and it’s awesome if you can tie in a little story about each drink: favorite club drink, favorite flavors, etc.
Here are several signature drink ideas. For recipes:
Top to bottom and left to right:
Row 1: Classic Pimm’s Cup, Super Chill Celery-Cilantro Fizz, Earl Grey MarTEAni
Row 2: Lavender Whisky Sour, Cucumber Mint Gimlet, Cotton Candy Cocktail
Row 3: Toasted Marshmallow Cocktail, Bacon-Maple Manhattan, Pumpkin Pie Hot Toddy
Row 4: Aviation, Black Orchid Martini, Simple Spiked Lemonade