How To Make The Drinks At Your Backyard Wedding Stand Out
Some things are guaranteed to make your backyard wedding even more special than the typical affair. One of these things is serving drinks to guests. The best way to approach this is by making a creative drink for each guest instead of just having one generic bottle of wine or champagne. Another method is to have fun with how you serve drinks. You can explore different glass types, labels, placement, and more! We have a few creative ways that you can serve drinks at your backyard wedding.
Basics of drink serving
There are a few basic things to consider when serving any type of drink at your backyard wedding. You want to think about the presentation. How will your drink be served? What type of glass will you be using? And what will the area look like? Will you have multiple drink stations? Or will drinks be served by a wait staff?
The next thing to consider is labeling. Be sure that if drinks are self-served, have everything properly labeled. This is especially important when serving alcohol at your backyard wedding. Also, consider how your drinks will be stored. Backyard weddings in the summertime can have a high temperature, so be sure you have a creative way of keeping them cool.
Now that the basics are covered, it’s time to get creative with how you want to serve your drinks and give them a flare! This is when you can add your twist to things. Try to infuse your theme of wedding colors somehow when serving drinks. Get creative with the process, and have fun!
A Personalized Cocktail
Create an interesting name for your drink, and then create the flavor profile around it. For example, my fiancé’s name is Jordan, so I named our drink “Jordan’s Red Cup” because it had everything he loves in it: red wine, vodka, strawberry liqueur, and ginger beer! This drink would be served in a red cup with a red straw and garnished with strawberries and cherries.
Some couples also have a “his” and “her” cocktail at the bar that guests can choose from. Some even include a personalized cocktail for their pet! Personalized cocktails are amazing to add a special touch to your wedding! By having a backyard wedding, personalizing your drinks is even more amazing. Your wedding guests can truly experience your home and your world!
A Signature Cocktail
A signature cocktail is similar to a personalized cocktail but made more for the guests. These are typically common cocktails that everyone is familiar with and are not named after the bride and groom. Check out our list of the best cocktails to serve at your backyard wedding! Having a signature cocktail for your backyard wedding is another great way to get creative with your drinks.
Be sure to have your signature cocktail labeled and try to include a fun way of serving it. When it comes to your glasses, you can select plain, clear glasses like these tumblers. Or mix it up with more decorative and funky glasses like these vintage-style tumblers!
A beverage wall
A beverage wall is a very creative way to serve drinks at your wedding! This method is mainly reserved for alcoholic drinks. Many couples who create a beverage wall use it when guests first arrive. This is great for guests to have a good first impression right away. Chilled champagne works wonderfully with beverage walls. You can even create your own beverage wall if you are project-savvy! Explore DIY beverage walls on Pinterest and start designing yours!
If you are having a summer backyard wedding, then getting creative with your color options is a wonderful way to serve drinks. Plus, you can infuse your wedding theme or overall vibe into your cooler setup. Some couples choose to have coolers throughout the backyard with more canned drinks such as beer and hard seltzer. These coolers can be simple and tasteful, like this roller ice chest. However, you can also get more creative and funky with your cooler setup! Check out this canoe cooler idea on Pinterest, perfect for outdoor-loving couples.
If you have drink coolers for your backyard wedding, be sure to include a non-alcoholic cooler or two as well. Label this cooler clearly for children or adults who are looking for non-alcoholic options. These coolers can be creative as well!
Drink Charms & garnishments
Drink charms and garnishments are another fun way to serve beverages at your backyard wedding. Drink charms are small charm-like objects attached to your drinking glass. These charms can hang off the side of your glass or wrap around the stem. Some drink charms are even able to be personalized. This means when a guest reserves their drink and drink charm, they can write their name on the drink charm. This way, they never lose their drink, and they can even reuse it. This can save dishwashing time and reduce the number of glasses you need.
Garnishments are another fun way to serve drinks at your backyard wedding. Depending on the drink, you can use garnishments like fruit to give it a flare! Bloody Marys and Pina Coladas are good examples of drinks you can heavily dress up to wow your wedding guests.
At your backyard wedding, the drinking atmosphere will be more relaxed and casual. This is why it’s important to label alcohol versus non-alcoholic beverages clearly. There are a few fun ways to serve non-alcoholic beverages at your wedding. If you’re serving kid-specific drinks like juice boxes, consider using a kitty pool as the cooler! You can even set up small child fishing poles for the kids to fish out their drinks.
For non-alcoholic drinks for either kids or adults, like water or tea, consider drink dispensers like this one. With drink dispensers, you can even include a fun sign or chalkboard to label the drinks.
serving drinks at your wedding
Selecting your food and beverage menu for your backyard wedding can be so fun! And being able to get creative with how you serve your drinks can be even more fun! Remember that details like food and drink will be in your photo gallery. Your wedding guest will also remember them! So why not have some fun with them?
While thinking of how to serve drinks at your backyard wedding, there are a few things to consider. First, think about what types of drinks you’ll be serving. Both alcoholic and non-alcoholic. Then consider the weather and how to keep the drinks at the appropriate temperature. Finally, consider your backyard wedding’s overall theme or vibe. Is it more casual or upscale? This will help you find creative solutions for serving your drinks.
And to get organized even more, let us help! Download our free Backyard Wedding Planning Notion Board Template to start brainstorming creative ways to serve drinks at your wedding. Our template is free to use and free to download. It will help organize all of your ideas, create to-do lists, and plan every detail out! Download it today to begin storing fun drink ideas and inspirational photos to make your backyard wedding unforgettable!