Groom What to drink at the wedding

Published on February 25th, 2016 | by Staggered


Drinks on Me: Choosing the wedding drinks


One of the best things about being the groom is choosing the drinks for the big day. Often, the bride-to-be has a monopoly on pretty much everything, but that doesn’t matter, because selecting the right drinks is far more fun.

You can have a real influence here and the sky’s the limit, although you might want to avoid serving the wedding party with Absinthe! All those memories of stag do drinking games, may come flooding back!

You can however, have a go at creating the manliest cocktail known to humanity, the Staggered Cocktail.

Choosing the right wine

Every good wedding dinner should include at least one bottle of red and one bottle of white, but you don’t have to settle for the house stuff.

Even if you don’t consider yourself a connoisseur, organising a wine tasting with the venue is a great way of selecting the perfect brands for the big day (and let’s face it, you probably don’t need much of an excuse for trying booze).

Choosing the wine

An expert will be on-hand to guide you through the process every step of the way. You might walk away talking about tannins – and not the sort where you lie on the beach in budgie smugglers – but really can’t go wrong with an organised wine tasting.

Where to go to stock up

Without doubt, one of the best ways to stock up is by going on a booze run across the English channel. Big warehouses such as Majestic Wines in Calais offer a fantastic selection of beverages for a very reasonable price, plus you’ll be able to spend a day or two soaking in the sights of Northern France. Happy Days!

Otherwise, shops such as Oddbins and Laithwaites are easily accessible around the country and offer wines to suit every taste and budget.

Ultimately, the prices of wine fluctuate so when you see a bargain grab it – you never know when it will next come round.

How much to order

Really, it’s up to you how much you want to source, but as a solid guide, half a bottle of wine per guest during the meal is sure to go down a treat. Remember a glass of champagne for everyone at reception and enough for a refill too.

Choosing the right drink

Ordering the right amount is important, too little and you’ll feel paranoid about the number of empty glasses around the venue, too much and you can might find yourself burdened with a large amount you’re unable to shift.

If for instance you have bought wine from the venue, see if they have a refund policy for any unopened bottles you’ve bought with them.

Raise a glass

Ah, the toast: one of the poignant parts of any wedding day. There are sure to be a few heart felt toasts during the speeches, so you’re going to want to buy some champagne or prosecco for the occasion; around one to two glasses per guest will do.

Evening choices

The evening is a time where wedding guests like to let loose and cut some shapes, so there need to be a few tasty drink options to keep them happy. You might want to make sure there’s a selection of long drinks (gin and tonic and vodka mixers) plus beer (ales, lagers, stouts).

choosing the drinks

If you have the time and budget, a professional mixologist is always a winner and you could even put together your very own makeshift whisky bar, complete with cigars.

Choosing the right drinks for your wedding is very important, but it’s also fun. Take your time, enjoy the process and remember, try to pace yourself.



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