Rhode Island Wedding Guide

Wedding Planning

Cocktail Ideas

by Georgia Watson, Owner, Weddings by Georgia

Wedding receptions typically serve beer and wine - but how about adding a unique flare? Here are some new catering ideas for sprucing up the drink selections:


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Photo by Gourmet Lauren Caterers
  • If you are a wine lover, and the family is too, spend some time collecting bottles of wine that you and your family members enjoy and share them with your guests. Serve these by the glass at the reception or have a wine bar. At the wine bar, you can place notes explaining the significance of each bottle.
  • On an elegant card, framed at all of the bar stations throughout the reception, put the bride and groom's favorite cocktail with the ingredients. Encourage your guests to try something new! You may also include your family's favorite drink choices.
  • For winter weddings, feature hot chocolate drinks after the cake is served.
  • Have a champagne bar, serving your choices throughout the evening.
  • Have a desert bar with after-dinner cordials! Feature an all chocolate desert theme or combo themes such as grappa and biscotti's.
  • Sushi bars are emerging into the next decade - try this Asian twist.
  • Before the reception begins, dish out hors d'oeuvres with martini's and manhattans circling the cocktail hour.
  • If you have children at the reception (and quite a few of them) try having a kids-treat bar, featuring children's cocktails, special cookies, ice cream, etc. Give the children their own special favor as well!
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Check with your RI catering company - they may have additional, unique ideas!