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Come Party With Me: Wedding - Drinks

Equally as important as the food at a wedding reception are the drinks. People love to be invited to weddings because usually a large amount of alcohol is consumed and offered for free. This is great for the guests but not so great for the bride and groom. To cut back on the tremendous costs of alcohol serve a signature drink, beer, wine, and champagne. Hosting your wedding earlier in the day rather than at night is another way to cut the costs of the drinks because people tend to drink less during the day. Buy the wine by the case wholesale (instead of through the caterer) as most merchants provide discounts that may increase if you purchase multiple cases. Wine purchased through the caterer can cost twice as much and although he will charge you a corkage fee to pour in the long run you will be able to spend more money on other areas of the wedding (like the invitations!). Instead of buying regular sized bottles of wine get magnums (bottles double the size of a regular 350 ml bottle) as it costs less per ounce and you'll cut the cost of corkage in half. Don't offer champagne all night long but splurge on an extravagant bottle and make sure each guest gets a glass during a special toast to the happy newlyweds. To see the signature cocktails I've mixed up for Julie and Scott's wedding and the wine pairings to go with the menu please,

Offer one bottle of red and one bottle of white wine for guests to choose from. People always expect the traditional Merlot and Chardonnay so steer clear of these boring old wines and choose an unexpected red and white. A Zinfandel is a wonderful pairing with the steak with shallots and Lyonnaise potatoes. I recommend a medium bodied smooth wine like Joel Gott's 2005 Zinfandel. Serve a luscious, fresh, crisp Sauvignon Blanc like Sula's 2003 vintage. For the champagne you can't go wrong with a bottle of Dom Perignon.

The colors of Julie and Scott's wedding are white, black, and blue so I came up with a white cocktail option, I'm calling What The Doctor Ordered because they both will be doctor's by the date of the wedding and a vibrant blue concoction called a JS Fizz (for Julie and Scott of course!).

What The Doctor Ordered
From Martha Stewart

1 Cup white-cranberry juice
4 Ounces vodka
2 Ounces Cointreau

  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.
  2. Add cranberry juice, vodka, and Cointreau.
  3. Shake to combine well. Strain into two large martini glasses.
  4. Serve immediately.

Serves 2.

JS Fizz
From Drinks Mixer

1 dash Blue Curacao liqueur
1 dash amaretto almond liqueur
1 dash lemon juice

  1. Pour blue curacao, amaretto and lemon juice into a champagne flute.
  2. Fill with champagne.
  3. Stir, add a squirt of lemon, and serve.

What did you pour at your wedding? At mine I want a champagne fountain! Share your thoughts and ideas below...

ALSW ALSW 10 years
Oh, yum! That sounds great! Not sure about pop rocks, but hey, it would make it interesting!
partysugar partysugar 10 years
It's just colored sugar ALSW! Yum suggests that you could even use pop rocks, how great is that idea?
ALSW ALSW 10 years
What is around the rim of the blue drink?
celebrity_soup celebrity_soup 10 years
that blue drink is PRETTY! are those the fizz pop candy things arounf the rim of the glass?
SU3 SU3 10 years
That cosmo looks so good :DROOL: and very pretty with the flower!
MrsJigglesworth MrsJigglesworth 10 years
We had an open bar, but we also had a signature drink during cocktail hour. It was delish and people talk about it to this day. It was a fun touch, and I would highly recommend it. We had folded cards/signs printed out in calligraphy w/ the name if our signature cocktail (which had our new last name in it) sitting on the bars and on the servers trays. To cut costs we did not serve champagne until the cake cutting, and it was just one pour.
julieulie julieulie 10 years
I love the cocktail ideas!! While we are going with a full open bar for the whole night, I definitely wanted to have some specific cocktails waiting to be passed out as guests leave the ceremony room and head for cocktail hour, and these will be beautiful. Blue curacao also happens to be my second favorite liqueur (after Midori) so it's very fitting. Thanks for the ideas - we will definitely be using them!
LuciLu LuciLu 10 years
"What the Doctor Ordered" looks so elegant! Perfect for a traditional wedding!
ALSW ALSW 10 years
Those blue drinks look awesome! The color is so vibrant!
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