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.
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 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 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!
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 & 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.
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!
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.
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 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.
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!
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 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.
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."
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.
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.
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).