Tips for creating the perfect drinks menu

Drinks Credit: – How can we create the perfect drinks menu for our big day?

"Creating the perfect drinks menu is not as daunting as it sounds. Here are the four key areas you should consider:

"Break down your day into sections to focus on what’s needed, such as reception drinks, wedding breakfast, toasts and evening celebrations.

"Budget wisely, know your maximum spend and stick to it. Don’t try to please everyone. Etiquette is to provide refreshments upon receiving guests at the reception and then with the food and for toasting. You could consider having a cash bar service running alongside for guests who don’t want to drink what you’re offering, and then you don’t have to worry about trying to accommodate everyone.

"Consider your theme and how you can add a personal touch to the day. For instance, jugs of Pimms and homemade lemonade would be ideal at a garden-style wedding or opt for his and hers cocktails at a chic hotel celebration.

"Look at your guest list. Consider the drivers and non-drinkers as well as children invited to the day. Make sure you provide jugs of iced water and bottles of cordials on the table, especially if it’s a hot day, and always offer a non-alcoholic alternative for reception drinks and toasting. 

"Remember, it’s your day so think about what you would like to be sipping as you celebrate!"

Christianne Hemming 
Drinks expert

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