Post # 1
I am in a wedding-world bind. We easily decided on what alcoholic drinks we are having for the reception but don’t have a consensus on the non-alcoholic drinks.
My initital concern was that I wanted something different and relatively healthier than mainstream soda. I also started off giving sweet tea the cold shoulder because it screamed “NC catering” (?) to me.
I don’t mind sweet tea now. It’ll be cute and Southern and whatnot. Plus, I love it now. One of my concerns now is that we can’t afford the sodas I would like to have (Virgil’s Real Cola and others or bottles of IZZE ginger) and FH all of a sudden wants Coke products. He didn’t start out wanting them but I feel like he’s caved and that I am going to cave, too.
I also want to make sure that the younger children (3 are 5 years and under) and other children (5 are 11 years and younger) have something fun to drink. I think that will be an easier choice that what to supply the teenagers and adults.
Our caterer (Whole Foods) suggested their bottles of Italian Soda. I wish that we could offer single servings to people like bottles or cans (to be recycled!) but it seems like the WF Italian sodas would be ok.
Honestly, I want to put my efforts towards other things since we are 2 weeks out from the wedding. We’re probably going to have Coke products.
But, bees, what are your thoughts on non-alcoholic drinks for adults and kids and non-HFCS/diet sodas? Budget is a main concern…as always.
Post # 3
This is non-helpful, but if I were getting married in NC I would definitely have some Cheerwine on hand… I love, love, love that soda and it’s hard to find anywhere else 🙂
Post # 4
I think coke products are fine at a wedding! People won’t expect anything fancy for a drink. I like the idea of sweet tea too, what about lemonade or pink lemonade also?
Post # 5
Izze and Jones both make sodas that come in all kinds of really fun colors and flavors (like fufuberry and orange creamsicle) and they are not expensive. You can order them in bulk or buy them at any wholesale store. Jones will even let you upload your own photos to make bottle labels that are customized for the occasion.
Post # 6
I forgot about that! When I first started planning beverages months and months ago, I was still not interested in sodas but I thought, hey, Pepsi is from NC and Cheerwine is soooo NC! I am not a Coke or Pepsi fan (I prefer Virgil’s) but you have convinced me to start thinking of Cheerwine again!
Post # 7
I agree, people don’t really expect anything fancy for a drink. We were in the bind of reflecting some of our…values, I guess?…and offering fun and tasty but basic drinks for the guests. So we wanted to cut out Coke/Pepsi/I guess I should add Dr. Pepper Snapple Group in there, too! I think FH realizes that at least his family drink a lot of sodas/diet sodas and that they may miss it (I should probably talk to him about that tonight!). We’ve had the talk where we’ve agreed that, People can survuve without it for one night. =/
Alas, cost prohibits the other “natural” sodas we’d like but the Whole Foods Lemonade Italian Soda is my next favorite choice. Not that sweet and a familiar lemonade flavor.
Oh, side note: my wedding dream before I realized that I didn’t want to DIY that much and that we had a – duh-duh-duh – small-ish budget was to have a variety of punches available (alcoholic and non- hehe).
Post # 8
Yep, IZZE is a dream…my number one flavor is the Ginger. I know we can get them for a 10% case discount at a local store. FH thinks it’s still too much compared to mainstream sodas so blah BUT I plan on getting them for the bridal brunch!
Have you ever had Jones Green Apple soda? It was like…liquid Jolly Rancher! 🙂 The personalized bottles are so cute!
Maybe I should go to a Sam’s Club then?
Post # 9
I think maybe tea, lemonaid, different juices for the kids, apple, cranberry, Maybe some a punch.. You could make a cute little drink station with cut lemons limes etc and flavoring.. like rasperry, peach etc for the lemonaid, and teas. Other than that idk thats all I got hope this helps.
Post # 10
@gso_bride: Yes, I think you can buy them at any wholesale store, I know I’ve seen them at BJ’s and Costco. I know budgets are important, but sometimes it’s worth it to spend a little more on stuff that people will remember, enjoy and most of all, drink and not waste!
Post # 11
At our annual work picnic, our caterer makes this raspberry lemonade that is to die for… it’s just standard lemonade with a little raspberry juice to make it pink and some floating raspberries and lemon slices. It’s really beautiful and good.
Post # 12
We’re in TN and we’re doing Sweet Tea, Unsweet Tea, Lemonade, Juices (like a Juice Bar maybe only a couple options though since we have all the other drinks too), and just water. FI and I neither one drink soft drinks so we’re not even offering them. We actually just went to a wedding this weekend where they had sweet tea lemonade and water and punch for the cake. It was great and no one seemed to say anything about not having any other options.
Post # 13
@gso_bride:We are getting married on 8/20/2011 and are serving the WF Green Apple and Tangerine Italian sodas. They are affordable and also look great in a glass.
Post # 15
@gso_bride: Oh, and we’re also doing large infusion jars with mint lemonade and/or something like a creamcicle or this Sparking Grape:
Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice, Vanilla Agave, Coconut Milk, Soda
Navarro Gewurtztraminer Juice, Mint Leaves, Soda