bride holds miniature bottle of rose with polka dot paper straw
East & West Designs

Fun wedding drink ideas and signature cocktails are two of the best ways to incorporate something unique into your reception—and bonus: your guests are bound to love any cute beverage that's Instagrammable and unexpected. From fruity prosecco pops and non-alcoholic options like milk and cookies, to clever drink displays that will wow everyone as soon as they walk in, check out these trendy, creative ways to shake up your cocktail offerings on the big day. 

How do you pick a signature wedding drink?

Your signature drink is a great way to personalize the bar menu and overall guest experience during your wedding reception, but if you don’t already have a go-to cocktail in mind, choosing one can feel like a delicate task. But just like wedding cake and food tastings, trying different cocktail recipes for your signature drink is actually a fun part of wedding planning! Aim for a drink that will appease a variety of guests’ taste buds, while also staying true to your own style and complementing your wedding menu. A good place to start is by putting your own twist on a classic crowd-favorite cocktail—for example, adding a dash of cinnamon to your favorite sangria recipe to make it suitable for a winter wedding, or topping off a mojito with fancy elderflower-infused ice cubes. You can also add personalization by getting creative with your signature wedding drink name, whether that means a play on words, naming the drink after a beloved pet, your zodiac signs, or a favorite song lyric. Work with your wedding caterer or turn to an expert bartender for more drinkable wedding ideas that match your menu and theme.

Creative Wedding Drink Ideas

We're all for the usual beer and wine selections (especially if an open bar is involved), but if you're looking for cocktail ideas that will take your bar menu to the next level, we've got them.

wooden canoe filled with ice and coconuts with straws
Kukua Beach Club & Restaurant

Coconut water

This refreshing wedding drink idea is a must-have if you're getting married at the beach—destination wedding on a tropical island or not. Greet your guests to the ceremony or cocktail hour with a beachy display of fresh coconut water straight from the source.

champagne flutes topped with balls of pink cotton candy
A Little Papery

Champagne with cotton candy

Champagne is a classic wedding bar staple, but don't let that stop you from switching things up a bit. Top off long-stem flutes with balls of cotton candy for a champagne cocktail that's formal yet fun at the same time. 

mini tacos and patron bottles with striped paper straws
Mistura Catering

Mini tequila bottles

If you want to get the party started right off the bat, serve bite-sized tacos and other Mexican food appetizers (like chips and salsa) alongside miniature bottles of Patrón during cocktail hour. Don't forget the salt rims and cute paper straws for a margarita in a bottle!

shooter glasses filled with milk and topped with oreo cookies
Main Event Caterers

Cookies & milk

This non-alcoholic wedding drink idea is appropriate for all ages, and it's a yummy way to wind down the night. Bring out pre-portioned servings of milk and cookies, whether you stick to Oreos or swap in your favorite chocolate chip recipe, after your other desserts to surprise everyone.

sliders and mini glasses of beer on a silver catering platter
Marcey Brownstein Catering & Events

Sliders & beer

It's hard to argue that sliders just taste better with beer—we don't make the rules! Keep the lines short at your wedding bar during cocktail hour by serving mini flights of beer and appetizers at the same time. Swap in ginger beer or apple cider for anyone who wants a non-alcoholic option.  

mini bottles of rose with polka dot paper straws and tags that say
East & West Designs

Champagne wedding favors

Your creative drinks can do double-duty as wedding favors, like these miniature bottles of rosé. Customize the bottles of sparkling wine with cute tags and playful paper straws. We love this idea for brunch weddings, bridal shower favors, and wedding party gifts, too!  

espresso bar sign
Espresso Dave's Specialty Coffee Catering

Espresso bar

Keep the good times going all night long by giving your wedding guests an energy boost with the help of an espresso bar. You can include a mix of non-alcoholic favorites and liqueur-based options, like espresso martinis, to provide drinks for everyone.

beer bottles with custom wedding labels that say
Wild Eyed Photography

Custom beer bottle labels

If you and your partner are microbrew aficionados, consider adding custom beer bottle labels to your favorite ale or lager.

champagne wall wedding seating chart
Kukua Beach Club & Restaurant

Champagne wedding escort card wall 

This is one trendy wedding drink idea that we'd like to see stick around for a long time. Create a wedding escort card display with glasses of champagne to jumpstart the cocktail hour and share your guests' seating assignments at the same time. We'd envision this idea at a spring wedding in a romantic garden.

milkshakes in glass jars with straws
Significant Events of Texas

Milkshakes

Pair this tasty wedding drink idea with a late-night snack or finger food, like french fries, to end the party on a sweet note. It's up to you whether or not you want to serve boozy or alcohol-free shakes!

vintage champagne glasses with wooden drink charms that say
24 carrots Catering & Events

Signature wedding drink toppers

Your signature wedding cocktail doesn't have to be an over-the-top recipe. Sometimes, all it takes is a decorative drink topper or glass charm to make the cocktail feel extra-special for the occasion.

shot glasses topped with lemon wedges and paper escort cards
Kir2Ben

Shot glass wedding escort cards

Garnish colorful shot glasses with fresh lemon or lime slices for easy wedding drink ideas that also double as your escort cards.

long island iced tea with
Cocktail Caterers

Signature wedding drink stir sticks

Cheeky stir sticks, which you can find through professional wedding stationers and Etsy, will instantly add personality to any cocktail. Customize yours with your wedding hashtag, a cute symbol, or a playful quote, like "Drunk in Love."

glasses with fruit popsicles in sparkling wine and turquoise paper straws
Charleston Pops and Catering

Prosecco pops

Popsicles and champagne—what more do you need? This wedding drink idea is a great combo for a summer wedding, and you can easily swap the bubbly for cranberry or other fruit juice to make it an age-appropriate mocktail for kids.

to-go cocktails in mini mason jars with lids
Modern Pour

Cocktails to-go

While we don't recommend putting these out too close to the end of the night (you don't want to encourage drinking and driving!), these cocktails-in-a-jar are a cute wedding drink idea for a casual outdoor wedding. Serve them in mason jars with lids so guests can easily grab them from a display table and carry the jars while mingling.

server holding a tray of mojitos with watermelon slices and straws
Salt & Sparrow

Summery watermelon mojitos

Along with the standard mint leaves and simple syrup needed for mojitos, add a triangular watermelon slice to each glass of this refreshing summer drink to give it some decorative flair (that your guests can also snack on).