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How to choose your wedding reception drinks

After a wedding ceremony everyone is in full celebration mode, and your wedding reception drinks are the first opportunity for guests to toast your nuptials!

Most guests will want something alcoholic to get the celebrations started, whilst others will want something soft; so how best to please everyone, all the while ensuring that no one gets too carried away too early?

First thing to consider is whether or not you want to offer seasonal drinks. For example if you are getting married in the colder months, you might want something like winter Pimms or even warm cider. In the warmer, summer months, it can be easier to think of drinks options as most are well received, including bucks fizz or regular Pimms. Both these options are good as they aren’t 'pure alcohol' but instead served with a soft mixer - great to keep your guests under control! 

If you want to go fully traditional then it has to be champagne, sparkling wine or prosecco; nothing says ‘cheers’ more so than a glass of bubbles. However, it is becoming increasingly popular to also serve beers alongside the bubbles to help please a wider audience. 

When it comes to soft drinks, simply iced water or orange juice are normally quite acceptable. But if you want to think outside the box a bit, why not try an elderflower presse or traditional lemonade. Both very refreshing and also a bit more exciting. They can also be presented with fruit in the glass to make it look more exotic! 

Think about the presentation behind serving your drinks. You can invite people up to the bar and collect there, or you could have waiters with trays ready & waiting. Alternatively, simply have a table with the drinks laid out for guests to pick up and take away as they please. 

Whatever you choose, it’s important to not get too carried away as there is usually still a fair bit of the day ahead. It’s also key to ensure that all drinks are chilled as advised; warm beer or Pimms isn’t pleasant for anyone!

Here at Neptune Bars we have an array of drinks available and can help plan your wedding drinks reception set up.  Get in touch today to find out how!

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