Wedding Drinks Decoded: A Specialty Cocktail Guide

We realize selecting your signature wedding drinks is a daunting task, but there's no need to get your veil in a wad! As always, we're here to help.

Flowers and Cocktail

Flowers and Cocktail

Jill holds her wedding bouquet and a Moscow Mule, which was her signature cocktail served at the reception. The floral arrangements at the wedding included a mix of peonies, garden roses, spray roses, dusty miller, ranunculus, sweet peas, dahlias, freesia, thistle and berries.

Photo by: Image courtesy of Caroline Fontenot Photography

Image courtesy of Caroline Fontenot Photography

Open bars come with a hefty price tag that are like, whoa. Even more fun? Those longwinded, rambling (read: embarrasing) speeches from an overzealous distant relative.

Let’s bypass the whole overspending and overserving thing by starting with a pocket-friendly beer and wine package. Pair the red, white and brews with personalized specialty cocktails that are unique to the newlyweds. Not only will this cut your Uncle Bob’s speech time in half (you’re welcome), it will keep your budget and sanity in check.

“B-b-but—how on earth do we choose?! We. Love. All. Of. The. Drinks.”

Okay, and as relatable and fair as that statement is, you do not need all of the drinks. In keeping with the marital theme, we're here to prove that sometimes it's best to find the one and fully commit. How will you know you've found the cocktail meant for you? Well, you simply won't be able to imagine your reception without it.

We’ve taken it upon ourselves to play matchmaker, presenting you with alcohol two ways for any couple. Whether you're a bride and groom, groom and groom or bride and bride, we vow that a pair of our marriage-worthy cocktails will showcase your personality on the big day. Now, pick your preference and let’s get started!

VODKA

Moscow Mule

Cold Moscow Mules - Ginger Beer, lime and Vodka
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Savannah Fizz

Savannah Fizz Cocktail
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Cold Moscow Mules - Ginger Beer, lime and Vodka

This cold Moscow mule cocktail features vodka, ginger ale and lime.

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Savannah Fizz Cocktail

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Moscow Mule

It would be hard to feel anything less than ultra-cool while sipping from one of these mugs. Glassware aside, the Moscow Mule is one of the trendiest drinks around and for a good reason. It marries vodka with lime and ginger beer for a drink that is as satisfying as it is suave. Ten out of 10, would highly recommend. Get the recipe.

Savannah Fizz Cocktail

What’s a newlywed to do after getting hitched to their sweetie? Drink some sweet tea (vodka), of course! Add muddled blackberries, champagne and mint leaves to the mix for a Southern concoction that will have guests asking for round three (or four), y'all. Get the recipe.

GIN

Cucumber Gimlet

cucumber cocktail
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Grapefruit Gin + Tonic

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cucumber cocktail

cucumber cocktail

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Cucumber Gimlet

Cummerbunds and cucumber cocktails? This love connection is a no-brainer. The Cucumber Gimlet is a spin on the vintage gin cocktail that ups the ante and sophistication of your reception in a major way. Combine gin, fresh lime juice, simple syrup and muddled cucumber. Gently shake and serve in a highball glass with ice. Get the recipe.

Grapefruit Gin + Tonic

A revamp on the classic go-to, our Grapefruit G&T is the prettiest shade of blushing pink! This gin cocktail packs serious citrus flavor that’s elevated by fresh mint and elderflower liqueur. But actually, is there really anything that says "June wedding" more than a pink cocktail made from floral liqueur? Get the recipe.

RUM

Romance Caribeno

Romance Caribeno Cocktail

Pineapple Hibiscus Punch

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Romance Caribeno Cocktail

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Romance Caribeno

Romance Caribeno is a rum cocktail that lives up to its charming name. It combines fresh lemon and lime juice with Cointreau, Grand Marnier and bubbly citrus soda.  Dressed up with a splash of grenadine and a lemon wheel garnish, this handsome drink is reception ready. Get the recipe.

Pineapple Hibiscus Punch

One sip of this fruity and floral punch and guests will think they've skipped the reception and crashed the tropical honeymoon. Combine white rum with pineapple juice, hibiscus tea, cilantro sprigs and fresh ginger syrup. Finished off with skewered pineapple as garnish, this drink is a ticket to paradise. Get the recipe.

TEQUILA

Tom's Mellow Melon Margarita

Summer cocktail
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Romeo + Juliet Cocktail

Romeo and Juliet Cocktail

Summer cocktail

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Romeo and Juliet Cocktail

Tom's Mellow Melon Margarita

Someone made an honest man of "Tequila Shot Tommy," and it’s only right that he celebrate accordingly. His go-to for the occasion? A sophisticated alternative to college-days shooters: Tom’s Mellow Melon Margarita. This drink combines Patron, lime juice, agave nectar and muddled watermelon, resulting in a celebratory cocktail that any tequila-lovin' Tom, Tara or Jane can (and will) appreciate. Get the recipe.

Romeo + Juliet

Now that our tequila-lovers are living our their very own legendary romance, a commemorative cocktail is in order! Enter arguably the most romantic libation of all time: Romeo + Juliet. Patron, Grand Marnier, raspberry liquor and peach juice yield a cocktail that will have brides, grooms and guests alike asking, "where art thou, round two?" Get the recipe.

WHISKEY

Hop, Skip + Go Naked Punch

Naked Punch Cocktail
STEPHEN MURELLO

Frozen Mint Julep

Frozen Mint Julep Wedding Cocktail

Naked Punch Cocktail

This beer punch will make your party guests cheer.

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Frozen Mint Julep Wedding Cocktail

A frozen Mint Julep cocktail is a fun twist on a traditional beverage and the perfect way to celebrate a Southern wedding.

Hop, Skip + Go Naked Punch

You’re newlyweds and we suggest you hop, skip and go naked to celebrate. Whoa, whoa, slow down guys. Keep that tux on! While common decency suggests that you should remained clothed until the wedding night, that doesn’t mean your cocktail has to. This punch combines whiskey with beer, lemonade and citrus soda. Here’s hoping this is the only time you’ll “get naked” with your in-laws. Get the recipe.

Frozen Mint Julep

You don’t have to hail from the South to appreciate this fresh whiskey cocktail. The Frozen Mint Julep combines flavors of bourbon whiskey, fresh lemon juice and fresh mint leaves. Blended with ice, this cocktail is ideal for outdoor receptions during hot summer nights. Holding an indoor reception? We can’t think of a better cocktail to cool you down after a couple of spins on the dance floor. Get the recipe.

Can’t settle on just two? We fully support your decision to add an “Ours” drink as a third option on your menu. Cheers to years of marital bliss!

Drinks Decided? Time to Set The Table. Here's Some Swoon-Worthy Setting Inspo

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Into the Woods

The place cards in this rustic setting by Manvi Drona-Hidalgo get some height from birch log slices that echo the wood bark chargers.

Gold, Greenery & Candles

Lining the length of the table, silver dollar eucalyptus and gold tapered candles add simple, elegant color to this formal table setting.

Photo By: Style Me Pretty/ Simply Sarah Photography

Go Green

Wheat sprigs and solidago tied together with twine create an organic feel for this table setting. Green linen napkins are elegantly layered with the plates and chargers. Set against the wood table, this look is a great option for a spring, summer or fall wedding.

Plated Petals

Fabric flower pom-pom pins add individual drama to each place setting in this stunning tablescape. As a bonus, guests can wear them at the wedding or take them home as favors.

Glitzy Table Runner

The otherwise simple white-on-white scheme here is made dressy with a DIY table runner made entirely out of metallic gold confetti. (The bottle of bubbly is an extra-luxurious touch from stylist Camille Styles.)

Stunning Southwest

Featuring gold hand-lettering, small slices of light pink agate denote seating arrangements at this eye-catching Southwestern-themed sweetheart table.

Photo By: Courtesy of Katie Kalafat

Repurposed Card Holders

These place card holders were made from an unlikely material: florist frog pins. Coated with gold spray paint and glitter, they're wedding-ready and hold the card stock name cards upright.

Beachy Texture

Let texture be the star of your table. Rustic, nautical elements like grasses, linen and driftwood are right at home at a seaside ceremony. Add a piece of personliazed driftwood at each place setting as a sweet, natural memento. See more of this gorgeous seaside wedding >>

Photo By: Courtesy of Katie Kalafat

DIY Sun Print Place Cards

Remember this fun craft you did as a kid? It's back in a big, grown up way. Cut and fold a completed sun print to make a chic, garden-themed place card, then write each guest's name with silver or gold permanent marker. Learn how to make sun prints >>

Photo By: Jason Kisner

High Profile

Silhouettes of the bride and groom in profile would be beautiful place card keepsakes and a very vintage nod to tradition.

Stunning Stripes

Striped and patterned table linens are a hot wedding trend that's easy to incorporate. You can go bold in color as shown here or use something more subtle that guests can admire once they're seated.

Poetry and Plants

Consider all the details for the wedding table setup to make a beautiful vignette that complements your style. Here, plant sprigs paired with lines of love poetry make lovely place cards for a rustic, woodland themed wedding.

Festive for Fall

If you're planning a fall wedding, take advantage of the seasonal colors and include them in your palette. Throw in unexpected colors like pink to change up the autumnal tones. Gourds make lovely vases, too.

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Bright and Springy

Spring doesn't have to be all about pastels. It's okay to bring in bold punches of color that complement them. Coral, celadon, hot pink and light aqua all work together to create this beautiful setting.

©Rustic White Photography

Vintage Tea Party

Vintage elegance is all the rage in weddings these days. Having a charming backyard wedding? Dainty tea cups with handmade place cards and floral print plates will perfectly accent that.

Photo By: She-N-He Photography

Winter Wonderland

Silver and white mixed with red and blush floral arrangements makes for a beautiful winter setting that's both timeless and elegant. Set the table with mercury glass votives and candlesticks for an added dose of class.

Photo By: Emily Ann Hughes Photography

Apple Orchard

Pass on the traditional pumpkin look for fall and opt for apples instead. Incorporate the apple theme into the food and drink menu as well by serving warm apple cider and apple-flavored desserts.

Potted Plants

No need for fresh cuts here! Potted plants are a stunning and sometimes less-expensive alternative to fresh cut blooms. 

Photo By: Rachel Whyte

Bold + Exotic Color

You can use bold color and still be tasteful. Try turquoise and gold, for instance. For this look, dark magenta flowers, succulents and greenery fill the centerpiece to complement the place setting without overwhelming the tablescape. 

Photo By: H. Camille Smith © 2013, DIY Network/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Lace + Burlap

Lace and burlap are a match made in heaven for a sweet, country wedding day. For a light and springy feel, use soft yellow and lavender as shown here or you can vary the color scheme to master the look for any season.

©Cheyenne Mojica Photography

Rustic Elegance

Vintage medicine bottles, brass candlesticks and wooden flower boxes create a classy farm-to-table look perfect for a barn-style wedding.

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Citrus in the Summer

The citrus duo orange and yellow pair perfectly together for a Southern summer wedding. For an outdoor reception in the middle of the heat, consider serving your guests sparkling lemonade to help them cool down.

Mini Pumpkin Place Cards

Use an assortment of gray, white and painted metallic pumpkins for a classy approach to a fall setting. Mini white pumpkins make great place card holders and double as favors.

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