Post # 1
Our caterer suggested offering signature cocktails (in addition to beer and wine) instead of having a fully open bar. We’re open to the idea as it would certainly save us some money and logistics (fewer bartenders, less alcohol to purchase, etc.)
Did you do signature cocktails? Did it work well, or did you have guests really missing a full bar?
How did you pick your signature drinks? Did you each pick your favorite cocktail or did you decide to pick something with more generic crowd appeal?
Did anyone offer more than 2 signature drinks (maybe 4-5?) just to try and satisfy a range of palettes?
Post # 2
We did a full open bar and no signature drinks. I would be happy with beer/wine with or without a signature drink though. Once you are doing 4-5 signature drinks you may as well just do an open bar lol. I mean, even if you looked at including vodka rum & whiskey with whatever non-alcoholic mixers you’ll have you probably cover most of the main drinks anyways.
Post # 3
We had a modified open bar, I picked our signature drink because my husband doesn’t drink.
I picked a margarita because I figured the most people would enjoy it. No one complained, we even asked before hand if the family would be okay. They just said “dude, you’ll have something! We’re happy!”
Post # 4
We had full top shelf open bar and all kinds of mixed martinis upon arrival.
Post # 5
Nope. We had a full open bar, tho most of the guests only had liquor during cocktail hour and switched to beer and wine during dinner.
Post # 6
We had a full open bar and offered a signature drink that was passed as guests arrived/during cocktail hour. The area where our wedding was is known for cranberries and our wedding was early summer, so we went with a prosecco/cranberry juice/peach schnapps concoction that the venue recommended. Guests enjoyed it and most had at least one.
As a guest, I would enjoy a couple of signature cocktails at a wine/beer wedding. It’s always nice to have other options. I don’t mind a wedding with just wine and beer since that’s typically what I drink, though.
Post # 7
We had signature cocktails to kickoff the beginning of cocktail hour after the ceremony and then a full open bar.
We had a port old fashioned and aperol spritz.
Post # 8
We had 3 beers, 4 wines, and 2 signature drinks: Moscow Mules and spiked lemonade (that could also be unspiked). We got married in the heat of August so we figured these options would have something for everyone, were refreshing, not hard to make, not expensive, and delicious!
Post # 9
- Wedding: August 2019 - City, State
misslucy : I plan to do the, just havent decided on the specific ones yet!
My maid of Honour and Best man are both getting married shortly after my wedding (not to eachother) so we hosted a ‘signature cocktail’ party, where we got everyone to bring some mixes and liquors and I played bartender. We made dozens of fun fancy drinks to try! I didnt find ones that I loved, but my best man is goign to have a whiskey smash as one of his! Mint & lemon muddled, simple syrup and whiskey shaken in ice!
Post # 10
We just did open bar. But I think signature cocktails are fun! I’d either do a his and her drink or choose something that went with the colors. Eg. Our colors were red so I’d choose a red colored cocktail and give it a wedding themed name “Blushing Bride” or “True Love”
Post # 11
We’re doing an open bar and one or two signature cocktails … I love cocktails! We’re having a winter wedding so I want one warm drink (probably mulled wine) and a cold drink that is not too sweet – something light and refreshing. I just came across this lavender gin and tonic which looks nice: https://www.anunblurredlady.com/2017/06/lavender-gin-and-tonic.html/
Earl grey tea infused champagne also sounds so good: http://www.worldmarket.com/blog/recipe/earl-grey-tea-infused-champagne-cocktail/?clickid=wBWWx00Py18vWcaTOY0gN1AVUkg2is08e1Yx1Y0&camp=Aff%3ASkimbit%20Ltd.%3AOnline%20Tracking%20Link&utm_campaign=Online%20Tracking%20Link&utm_source=Skimbit%20Ltd.&sharedid=&utm_medium=affiliate
I would say choose based on both of your tastes and the season or colour theme of your wedding. I’m not sure about cutesy names for myself but that could also be fun! 🙂
Post # 12
- Wedding: June 2019 - W-Loft
misslucy : We are planning to do his and her signature drinks during the reception along with an open bar. Our guests are mostly our friends, so we have a good handle of what they like to drink (our venue allows us to bring in our own drinks). For cocktail hour, we wanted to keep it fairly lighter, with beverage dispensers: lemonade and sangria.. along with wine and beer.
Post # 13
We did this for my first wedding. Beer, wine, and 2 signature cocktails: a sake martini and a punch. This time around we are having a full premium bar, but still thinking of doing signature drinks. We would do 2 max. Thinking of a white russian (that’s my favorite drink) and maybe an old fashioned, which my Fiance loves. Just one word of caution that our vendor manager told us — try not to choose drinks that are very time/labor intensive, unless they can do some prep ahead of time. For instance, if the drink requires 2 minutes of muddling mint and straining fresh strawberry juice per drink, you might find yourself with long lines in front of the bar, which no one wants!
Post # 14
“We had full top shelf open bar and all kinds of mixed martinis upon arrival.”
Oh man. This sounds great. We are doing premium, but not top shelf (so Absolut instead of Grey Goose). Your mixed martinis are my dream.
Post # 15
We had beer, wines, and one cocktail. My husband doesn’t drink, so I picked the cocktail. Our wedding was catered by our favorite restaurant and they also did the bar so I just picked my favorite cocktail from their summer drink specials.
It was jalapeño vodka with a ginger shrub, splash of lime, a little agave nectar, and club soda. It was really refreshing for our August wedding and was a big hit with our guests. (So much so that several people asked the bartender where to get the jalapeño vodka and ginger shrub so they could recreate the drink at home)