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Wedding Reception Arrival Drinks

If you are thinking of having some wedding reception arrival drinks that will make your day more memorable than the obligatory tea or coffee then here are a few suggestions for you to consider!

Time of Year

The first thing you need to think about is the time of year you are getting married as this can influence the style of drink you choose. For example, you wouldn’t have mulled wine or a hot whisky at a summer wedding!!

You also need to think about the age group of your guests, no point having the latest trend in cocktails for your elderly relatives who just enjoy the odd sherry! If you have a colour scheme, you could go all out and have your arrival drinks to match!

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This is a firm favourite to have as an arrival drink for your guests to toast to your happiness. However, if you want to mix it up a little, you could add some Creme de Cassis and have Kir Royale or Orange juice for a Bucks Fizz. The great thing about this is that you can substitute Champagne for a cheaper sparkling wine or Prosecco.

Some venues offer unique ways for your champagne to be served, for example, a Champagne Bar or Fountain!


Wedding Reception Arrival Drinks

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Craft beers have really taken off the past few years and if your hubby to be is a fan then why not provide his favourite for your guests to sample. This could be offered as an alternative to Champagne for your male guests.

There is nothing quite as refreshing as an ice-cold beer on a hot summer’s day.


For something different go for a funky cocktail like the Mojito or create your signature cocktail for your wedding. You could experiment with a few popular tastes and give it a name to remember – your guests will love trying something you’ve created, and it will make it all the more memorable. Just make sure to check that your reception venue can make and provide it for you.

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Gin is very trendy at the minute with lots of new local varieties appearing on the market. If you are a gin fan then why not have a gin bar for arrival with a variety of garnishes. Some of the Northern Ireland varieties are – Short cross served with ginger, pink peppercorns and cranberries or Jawbox served with lime, ginger, honeycomb and cranberries.


Slush machines are making a comeback, and it’s not just for kids parties, it seems to be an easy way to offer Strawberry Daiquiris on tap. If this is a favourite cocktail of yours why not consider hiring a machine for the day and have one side alcoholic and the other non-alcoholic to keep everyone happy and chilled!

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If you are lucky enough to have great weather for your day you could offer your guests some refreshing iced tea, mint infused water or still lemonade served in chilled urns; this will not only taste fab but look great also.


When having children at your wedding don’t forget that they will need an arrival drink too. This may take the form of juice or non-alcoholic cocktails or maybe even milk or milkshake with a mini cookie on the side. Happy kids mean happy parents!

Read More: Entertaining Children at Weddings

By The Season

Having a spring wedding then why not have a light fruity cocktail to remind your guests that summer is on its way. You could go for a Mango Martini or a Springtime in Paris
The obvious choice for summer is Pimms however it’s not to everyone’s taste. In this season anything goes so long as it is chilled.
If your wedding is in autumn you could opt for some mulled cider, served warm this will be very comforting on a chilly day and ties in with harvest season.

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The obvious choice would be Mulled Wine but how about Hot Chocolate as an alternative! These can be served with the traditional mince pies, shortbread or even a gingerbread man.

Hopefully, this has given you something to think about for your wedding reception arrival drinks.


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Paul Crawford

Wedding Photographer Paul Crawford

Based in Ballyclare, Northern Ireland

Paul is married to Patricia (who helped him write these Wedding Hints & Tips posts!!) and the proud Dad to 2 fantastic sons.

A full-time professional photographer since 1990 and been privileged to have photographed well over 1300 weddings since then.

He worked in his own High Street Photography Studios up until December 2010 when he decided to downsize and work from home. He now splits his time between running Photography Courses and Wedding Photography, limiting himself to 30 weddings a year to maintain the quality and high level of customer service to each of his couples.

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