When we started planning the wedding, it was really important to us to have a fun cocktail hour with lots of yummy food and some signature cocktails for our guests. We knew that we’d be off getting our pictures with the wedding party and there needed to be something during that time to keep the guests happy and get the party started.
The idea of signature cocktails came about months before while Garrett’s best man Brian was over for dinner. He used to be a bartender and is all about making up interesting concoctions, so we had him back for another night of cocktail testing. We lined up the dining room table with small glasses, pulled out his bartending books and started making samples of each drink for all three of us to try. In the end, we came up with two drinks that were perfect for the occasion.
(I’ll share the recipes at the end of the post)
I designed a simple sign for the bar to allow guests to see what the signature drinks were.
In the big beautiful wooden bar in the lounge area, we popped the sign into this silver metallic frame from Garrett’s mom and paired it with flickering mercury glass votive candles and a big flower arrangement (in a mercury glass vase!).
Our venue let us have the option of buying our own alcohol (with a special events liquor license) and then hiring the bartenders they recommended. This was the best option for us because it let us pick exactly what we wanted for drinks and allowed us to return any unopened bottles back to the store. In the end, it easily saved us thousands of dollars compared to typical arrangements with wedding venues where they charge you per guest per hour regardless of whether they are drinking.
Signature Cocktail Recipes
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If you were to have a signature cocktail for a wedding or any kind of event, what would it be?