The drinks reception is often under estimated but is in fact an important part of your big day, It is the first time you and your guests will mingle after the wedding ceremony and is the perfect opportunity to set the tone for the rest of the day. We have put together 6 great ways to make an impact at your drinks reception
1. Personalised Cocktail Hour
From personalised cocktail menus with the bride and grooms favourite tipple to a signature cocktail created and named after you both there are lots of things you can do to personalise your cocktail hour.
When it comes to garnishes there are a plethora of options, Edible flowers that are in keeping with your theme or sweet treats such as candy floss or your favourite sweet.
We love these personalised Wedding Cocktail Toppers by ediblecocktailtoppers.com
These are now are available to add on to any of The Little Bar Groups packages and also work great with Prosecco!
If you really want to make an impression we suggest using some stylish glassware or quirky alternatives to glass such as Moscow Mule Cups or Tin Can Cocktail Cups for a more Boho theme.
2. Bespoke Specialist Bars
Whether it's a Prosecco Van with ice cold fizz on tap or a converted Horse Box Bar serving classic G&Ts and Craft Beers there are a range of different options available to make your bar a talking point of the day.
Most bars offer predetermined Drinks Packages, however they are normally flexible if you have some different ideas in mind. Don't be afraid of asking for something a little bit different that will suit your big day better
If outside space is an issue or if you are concerned about the weather smaller alternatives such as The Little Bubbly Bar by The Little Bar Group or pop up rustic gin bars are great for inside your venue.
Having expert bartenders serving delicious drinks to your guests from a quirky little bar is a sure way to keep your guests entertained and provide them with great photo opportunities! #instaworthy
3. Tipsy Tables
Like a Grazing Table but for drinks! You can make an impression with a gorgeous drinks display designed around your wedding theme, using stylish glassware and quirky garnishes. Guests can take their pick from a delicious selection of alcoholic and non alcoholic refreshments that have been carefully created to complement your wedding day
Now available at The Little Bar Group!
4. Offer Fizz Alternatives
Whilst Fizz is likely to be your main offering its a great idea to have some cool alternatives for guests that don't like Fizz (Yes those people do Exist!?!)
A Craft Beer station with self service taps or a Whisky bar serving a careful selection of Scotland’s finest whisky from an oak cask table both compliment a Fizz Reception well.
A great option for a summer wedding is a Pop Up Pimms Bar on the lawn or if your having a winter affair serve some mulled wine or other winter warmers
5. Keep Your Guests Entertained
There are many creative ideas to keep your guests entertained whilst the Newly Weds are away getting those perfect wedding pic's
From Cocktail Flare to Glitter Bars, Caricature Artists, Games or live Music the list is endless.
For the more creative of us there are some great DIY entertainment ideas, Hitched.co.uk recommend creating a photo scavenger hunt for your guests to do throughout the day, getting them to upload their pictures to Instagram using your wedding hashtag
6. Pimp Your Prosecco
Prosecco is the go to drink for most drinks receptions, adding a Pimp Your Prosecco Station not only keeps your guests entertained but gets them mixing together and chatting whilst they create beautiful, tasty drinks
Fresh Fruits, Flavoured Syrups, Sweet Treats and Glitters are our favourite ingredients and if you really want to push the boat out a few gin liqueurs such as Rhubarb and Ginger by Edinburgh Gin or Strawberry Cup Gin Liqueur by BLOOM always go down a treat.
You can hire a Pimp Your Prosecco or Pimp Your Gin Station from The Little Bar Group, who will work with you to ensure the station is filled with delicious ingredients and fits in well with your wedding decor or you can make your own version.
7. Ace the Alcohol Free Alternatives
For many reasons some of your guests will not be drinking alcohol at your wedding, there is so much choice for alcohol free alternatives these days that there is no need for anyone to be drinking the dreaded warm glasses of fresh orange all day. Keep them feeling included with tasty Mocktails, Alcohol Free Fizz or 0% Beers whilst serving fresh juices with Ice and Garnishes.
8. Have Two!
Evening Drinks receptions are becoming more and more popular in 2020/21 with people choosing to have a quirky bar and drinks package to greet their evening guests, its easy for your evening guests to feel a little left out, so this is a great way to keep them involved.