• Jenna Hewitt

eat drink and be merry


One of the best bits about a wedding has to be planning your perfect party! Everyone looks forward to the celebrations and the food and drink are the key bits of any party. Today I’m looking at unique and interesting (alcoholic) wedding drinks for your reception (because no great story every started with a salad…).


BUBBLES


The kick off to any wedding reception wouldn’t feel quite the same without the bubbles. Champagne or Prosecco are still the most popular but, increasingly, couples are choosing to add a little theatre! Pimp your Prosecco stations have been all over Pinterest for well over a year now and I still love the concept; a beautifully styled station of gorgeous little additions to add to your glass. The options are endless – from fresh fruit to herbs, cordials or even a little sloe gin!


If you’d rather keep your bubbles ‘pure’ how about adding the theatre to how it is served? Toby and Liz own Prosecco Peddler – Prosecco bikes that arrive ready to serve your guests Prosecco Frizzante on tap. This idea works especially well in a dry hire venue or one without access to a permanent stocked bar. I’m using it at a September wedding that I’m planning. The lovely couple are having a civil ceremony at the beautiful Asylum chapel in London. In such a beautiful space we decided rather than whisk guests off swiftly to the reception, to have a mini pre-wedding reception, reception with Prosecco, nibbles and music in the chapel. I can’t wait!


LOCALLY BREWED

Let’s not forget that not everyone wants to stick to the fizz. Some of us (typically the male contingent) love nothing more than the option of a cold beer (or warm ale). If you have the option to bring your own drinks into your wedding reception venue, having ‘help yourself’ iced beers on display is a fab idea. Depending on where you get married another option is to source a locally brewed keg.


COCKTAILS

After sitting down for a lovely indulgent wedding breakfast everyone needs a little pick me up. Hosting a cocktail hour or offering guests to choose from 2 or 3 signature cocktails is a great way of getting the party started. Now cocktails can add a layer of time in terms of preparation but if you stick to a limited option and work with your caterer or bar in advance it’s logistically straightforward to work this into your events. You might even choose to have a separate bar dedicated to a particular drink – a Martini bar for example (it’s just a thought!).

BEAUTIFUL DETAILS

I like nothing more than working with couples on the little styling details of their wedding day. What better combination than details and drinks?! I LOVE these beautiful ice cubes made with fresh flowers. Or how about a champagne place name or table plan? The ideas are endless!

I hope I’ve given you some inspiration! If you are planning your wedding and looking for unique inspiration, ideas or styling help get in touch!


Image credits to: Jen Rodriguez Photography; Prosecco Peddler; Shelby Leigh; photosbyzoe.co.uk; You and Your Wedding; Etsy; Jill Thomas (featured image)

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