If you are planning your big day, there are a whole host of things to plan. You have the dress, of course, and your rings and the venue, but it can be the little things that help to make the day even more perfect. Choosing which drinks to serve, and at what point, is one of the small things that can make a huge difference to your guests, so let’s take a look at your options.
It is always a lovely idea to welcome your guests to your reception by offering them a drink. You could begin the reception with champagne; however, other drinks might be more suitable depending on the theme and style of your wedding. Fruity cocktails are perfect for summer weddings, whereas hot cider is a great alternative for the colder months. If you would rather not spend too much on fancy reception drinks, there are plenty of budget options; for example, serving drinks such as prosecco instead of champagne.
Wine is usually the go-to choice to serve with a meal. The variety can depend on the meal you have opted for, although placing a bottle of both red and white wine on a table allows guests to choose their favourite. You should always have water available for guests to drink with their meal; therefore, placing bottles on the table is a good idea.
If you want to keep it traditional, champagne is the obvious choice to serve alongside the speeches; however, this can make the costs quickly rise, especially if you have invited a large number of people. You could substitute the champagne for sparkling wine, which has the same effect but in a more cost-effective way.
This is one of the most photogenic parts of the night; therefore, make sure your Hampshire wedding photographer, such as http://www.nickrutterphotography.co.uk/blog/best-wedding-photography-hampshire-dorset-2016/, captures the toasts. You should always look at your photographer’s portfolio extensively to get an idea of what they can do; in addition, this might give you some great ideas for what you would like to be captured.
Providing non-alcoholic drinks is essential, of course, so make sure you have a small selection of juices, soft drinks and water constantly available. Try serving apple juice alongside the wine, or pink lemonade for the toasts.