Posted: Tuesday July 14, 2015
A summer wedding creates the perfect opportunity to offer your guests a refreshing celebratory drink during your reception. As well as having regular bar service, why not add a lovely personal touch by incorporating your colour scheme or decor theme, and showcase your own favourite flavours and tastes with these summer wedding drink trends?
Alternatives to wedding classics
Champagne is generally the wedding drink of choice but why not add a touch of personality and variation to your glass of bubbles with a champagne cocktail? Adding some berry syrup and a garnish of frozen fruits creates the perfect fizzy tipple. Alternatively, mix champagne and peach juice for a simple Bellini - a great summery alternative to Buck’s Fizz!
Similarly, a just as delicious but much cheaper alternative is to serve Prosecco. Just like champagne this can also be used as the base for a cocktail, such as a Spritz or Mimosa, and is the perfect beverage for a celebration such as a wedding.
Wine is a wedding staple, but you can jazz it up with a summer sangria served in large jugs for the perfect drink that’s on trend for the warmer season. You can use almost any chopped up fruit with your favourite red or white wine, add a little brandy or rum and fruit juice and then top with soda
Serving a signature wedding cocktail or punch is a brilliant way to please those guests who aren’t particularly keen on champagne, and these are fab for adding to and enhancing your reception decor, simply by setting them up on trays around the venue. Incorporate your own favourite spirits for a personal touch and don’t forget to offer a no alcohol alternative too.
You could incorporate your colour scheme into the drink using fruit juices, purées, liqueurs, and syrups. Garnish the outside of the cocktail glass with fresh fruits such as berries, or twists of citrus peel. You could even opt for jelly sweets, or flowers and leaves, if it suits your overall theme. Use fancy glassware and add colourful or sparkly straws, or ribbons and bows for the ultimate wow factor.
The easiest way to serve cocktails at your reception is to let guests help themselves using pitchers, or large bowls and ladles. The great thing about this method is that it can usually be worked into your table decorations particularly well. Large transparent drink dispensers are also a trendy option for displaying colourful cocktails and they create a great social hub for your friends and family.
If you fancy something a bit different, you could make up a batch of fruity punch, pour into ice lolly moulds and allow to freeze overnight. These make a perfect cooling treat for your guests and offer a great fun alternative to regular drinks. Other popular icy refreshments for summer weddings include slush drinks, smoothies and daiquiris - with or without alcohol.