What qualifies me to write a blog post about a drinks station at your wedding?
I style weddings, we advise our clients’ about their drinks and we serve them, we have loads of props and useful accessories you can hire to use and I am quite partial to a cocktail or two myself. So this post is a dream to write !
Most wedding venues will encourage you to have a drinks reception after your wedding service and all of the weddings we work on will incorporate one into their timetable.
Consider a cocktail hour? Pimms is always a huge hit for a summer wedding and this year we have styled several weddings where we have had something for the guys and offered bottles of beer served from a rustic tin bath. Nowadays a drinks staion concept has become part of the wedding decor as much as a functional item.
If you are hosting your wedding in a formal venue, then there are some basic questions to ask; Find out about the types of drinks available and the glasses they will be served in. Can you offer cocktails, wines, prosecco, beer? Iis there a soft drink option. Do guests help themselves or is there waiter service? Are these drinks served from a fixed bar or will they set up a separate area for you? Do the venue provide the necessary glasses, dispensers, jugs, trays or can you supply your own?
Get creative and have a signature drink or cocktail for the wedding.
If your wedding is in a tipi, marquee, barn or you are able to have full creative input into the reception then happy days! You can really go to town on this.
I love a glass drinks dispenser and we have five you can hire. Perfect for a cloudy lemonade or a cocktail that can be pre-prepared. I have used ours for Pimms, Mojitos, Tom Collins and Bellinis. As well as looking brilliant they allow you to prepare drinks in advance and the glassware keeps them fresh and cool.
We have over 250 jam jars that you can hire and lots of antique glassware if you want to add a flourish of sophistication to your bar. Hit the car boot sales and collect colourful mismatched tumblers.
The paper straw. Still going strong and still a winner. There are endless options available to choose from – a solid colour, stripy, spotty, formal – cheap and fun. Check out Esty and Ebay as these are often cheaper than wedding boutiques.
The cocktail napkin. You could get them personalised.
Drinks stirrers. Ridiculously easy to make yourself and the possibilities are endless!
Adding fruit and herbs to the mix will be appreciated by your guests and add a flourish to any glass. A raspberry, a wedge of lime, a sprig of thyme or lavender.
Let your guests know what is on the drinks menu. Make this fun or formal. Write a drinks list or board or you can use smaller boards such as “please take one” or “help yourself’ or hung by ribbons around your dispensers.
We have tall milk churns that you be used as table legs with a plank of wood on top, think about old furniture, crates, tin baths… Once the main props are set up you can accessorise with signage and flowers. It is often the smallest of touches can make a big impact. Our props are all seen in use in our gallery page here to give you some ideas.
If you have staff to serve your drinks to your guests, there are lot of tray options you can look at. We have shallow wooden trays to hire, silver trays and large wooden rustic trays which we have used with great success.
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100layercake, Elizabethannedesigns, Etsy, Theglitterguide, Confettidaydreams, Weddingsillustrated, Cedarwoodweddings.
We all love a chalkboard – we have several you can hire for getting creative with for your wedding – welcome boards, menus, running order of the day, bar signs or seating plans…
If you wanted to get more creative and incorporate the style of your day into your seating plan design, then you should find something to catch you eye here.
We have wooden slatted doors, easels, chalkboards, rustic ladders, typewriters and frames that you can hire as a starting point for your display. Get in touch for further info.
Probably late to the paper party, but having just found Oh So Beautiful Paper, I suggest you head over there for some truly original and stunning ideas. They have cocktail recipes too – bonus.
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Images – Elizabeth Anne Designs, Little Wedding Helper, Ruffled
Images – Oh So Beautiful Paper
Images – Bespoke Bride, Etsy, Style me Pretty
Hello lovely D&J readers how are we? Since our last post Autumn has well and truly arrived..who’s put their heating on? I don’t blame you. There’s a chill in the air but the thought of snuggly jumpers, scarves and scented candles is something to look forward to!
I’m always inspired by the Autumn months, the colours of the leaves, the freshness of the air, and the build up to all the seasonal events! (didn’t want to mention the C word) Today we’re taking inspiration from the nature around us, and I’ve found myself particularly drawn to berries. The juicy fruits, jewel tone colours, mixed with wonderfully rustic elements make for a very pretty wedding style indeed. So without further ado, here’s some of our favourite ideas for a ‘berry beautiful’ wedding.
Flowers, Crowns & Bouquets:
Flowers are the perfect way to inject colour into your wedding day and there’s something so striking about this delicious berry colour palette. Go earthy and sophisticated with a sumptuous colour palette of plum, pink and berry or add a touch of whimsy by adding pastel shades in to the mix. Roses, Dahlias and unusual Proteas look simply stunning together and to really go all out on this trend, why not add berries to you bouquet, flower crown or button holes for a beautiful midsummer autumn style.
Cakes, Canapés & Cocktails:
Food glorious food! For a wonderfully rustic feast there’s all sorts of ways berries can be incorporated in to you big day. Homemade jam favours, berry infused liquors, decorating a rustic naked cake or added to canapés or in a jus with meat, they not only a splash of colour but make add a lovely foraged feel. I love the idea of freezing berries on cocktail sticks and popping them in cocktails in a chic martini glass. They look pretty, keep you drink chilled and act as a little nibble too! Cheers!
Fashion, Decor & Styling:
From your bridesmaids to your lipstick, napkins to your table stationery there’s so many ways to add an autumnal touch to your big day. Mismatch your maids in shades or purple, pink and red hues and for the bride; team a berry colour polish or a bold lip to your wedding style, the striking colour against a white dress is simply stunning. Lay bare wooden trestle tables with an abundance of flowers, berries and candles in glorious shades or autumn and you’ll have a look that is all kinds beautiful.
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