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Come Party With Me: Wedding — Drinks

One of the biggest expenses at a wedding reception is the drinks. Hosting a full open bar is a costly option, and if you don't have an unlimited budget, I would not recommend doing it. Instead offer guests one signature cocktail and an assortment of beer and wine. Another option is to host a day reception, because people don't drink as much when the sun's out. Be sure to ask the wait staff not to pre-open wine bottles. If they do, you may be left with a bunch of open, full bottles.

Along with the signature cocktail at Elena and Sean's wedding, guests will have a choice of Champagne, red or white wine, or a selection of local beers. The cocktail is a refreshing, delish blend of rum, cointreau, and sparkling pomegranate. It has a glorious hue that matches the wedding's color scheme.

For more wonderful wedding ideas, check out IDoSugar. To take a look at the recipe,


Rum Pomegranate Cocktail

Rum Pomegranate Cocktail

Rum Pomegranate Cocktail


  1. 1½ oz. Bacardi White Rum
  2. ¼ oz. Cointreau (orange liqueur)
  3. Splash of lime juice
  4. 2½ oz. Izze sparkling pomegranate juice
  5. Colored sugar (for rim)


  1. Dip rim of glass in water, then in colored sugar.
  2. Combine rum, liqueur and juices with ice in the glass, and stir.

Serves 1.

Join The Conversation
Gossamer Gossamer 9 years
lol being Muslim rocks in this case! We are not allowed to have any bar so that saves tons of money. (my grandma would freak if I even suggested it to for my wedding)
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
RoGo1 RoGo1 9 years
We had a semifull bar (major spirits and a few mixers), plus Pimm's cup as a signature punch -- seemed to go well with a croquet/backyard party theme and it's my favorite. Everybody loved! I found a supercheap but good bubbly made in Albuquerque of all places, too. Don't knock until you try it! Called Gruet, they have it at Bevmo, it's very reasonable. My wedding was super budget, but great fun.
SillyGirl SillyGirl 9 years
I served beer, wine, champagne (obviously) and vodka, and some mixers (vermouth, triple sec, cranberry, lime juice, soda, tonic). We had 2 signature drinks made with vodka, but people could order any vodka drink they wanted. That allowed for people to have hard alcohol without breaking the bank with a full bar. My only suggestion is to ask the rental/venue to use half size glasses because people have a tendency to drink a little bit of the drink, put it down, forget about it and then go get another. Since thats such a waste of alcohol, the smaller glasses helped avoid the half-drunk glass problem.
mlen mlen 9 years
even with a full open bar, a signature cocktail is a good idea i think, cause people are more likely to drink that! my friend had two signature ones at her wedding even with the full bar, but a lot of people stuck to the signature ones
chiefdishwasher chiefdishwasher 9 years
Well and pomegranate is good for you too.
sonnabobble sonnabobble 9 years
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