Drinks are an important part of any wedding, be it wedding reception drinks, welcome drinks upon arrival, or drinks with the meal. Wedding drinks can be non-alcoholic, a boozy affair, or a bit of both. If you find yourself asking, what drinks should I serve at a wedding, then this guide is for you.
Wedding Welcome Drinks
Welcome your wedding guests with drinks upon arrival. Most people decide to serve Champagne at this point, however depending on your tastes and the theme of the wedding, there are various other options available. Pimms is a classic choice for an outdoor summer wedding for example, and mocktails make a non-alcoholic drinks reception a bit more interesting. For a winter wedding, consider mulled wine or warm spiced apple cider which will warm and welcome your guests.
Wedding Drinks With The Meal
The type of drinks provided with the wedding meal depends on the budget as much as the type of food that is being served. Table water is a must, and some bride and grooms decide to provide wine with the meal too. Other people allow guests to order at will from the bar, picking up the tab, and others provide a bar, but no tab. If in doubt, still and sparkling water should be provided for each table, and a choice of red or white wine will suffice. In cases of those who prefer something non-alcoholic, it is a good idea to provide fruit juice options, catering to all your guests. At Fennes, we have wine built into our packages for your convenience already.
Drinks Served For The Wedding Toast
Providing extra drinks for the wedding toast is a personal preference, but some people like to provide each guest with a glass of Champagne to toast the happy couple at the speeches. If this is out of your price range, you can just ask the guests to raise their glass with whatever they have at the time, be it water or wine. At Fennes, we also provide some bubbles to toast your speeches with!
Wedding Reception Drinks
If you are holding your wedding reception in a venue with a bar, you can choose by this point for everyone to purchase their own drinks. Some people provide a free bar for their guests, however it is not expected, and most guests will have no problem buying their own drinks. If you are providing the drinks yourself, a selection of wine, beer, soft drinks and basic spirits, mixers and ice will be enough to keep everyone happy. In addition to this, it is a good idea to set up a tea and coffee station, many people will appreciate this after a long day and a large meal. Maybe welcome your evening guests with one glass of bubbly as they come in, to thank them for coming!
There is no right or wrong type or amount of alcohol to provide at a wedding, but if you want to get creative there are many ways you can provide something a little bit different for your guests. As mentioned, non-alcoholic drinks and mocktails go down well, as do cocktails, mulled wine, Pimms, Champagne, the standard red and white wine, and beer. Sparkling alternatives to Champagne are becoming increasingly popular, are more affordable, and are often enjoyed more than real Champagne. Prosecco is extremely popular as an alternative, and can be jazzed up with our Fennes Prosecco cart!!