Signature Wedding Cocktails: Tips from an Award-Winning Pro

One of the hottest wedding trends right now isn’t related to the food, music or décor; it’s the cocktail! In the age of DIY weddings, creating a custom cocktail for the big day is an easy and fun way for the bride and groom to inject their personality into the event. But where do you start?

As head of the W Austin’s cocktail program, award-winning Libationist, Joyce Garrison knows a thing or two about shaking it up. Here are a few of Joyce’s tips for creating a unique and delicious cocktail sure to wow your guests.

1. Make it personal.

Cocktails can be very personal. Think about selecting flavors and special touches that highlight both the bride and groom’s personalities. For example, a drink that incorporates both sweet and spicy flavors is a great way to symbolize a bride with southern charm and a groom who loves spicy food.

2. Think outside the glass.

Dating back to the pre-bar days, punch bowls were an important part of the community and a great way for everyone to socialize. Create a special punch to serve during cocktail hour as a way for guests to mingle or try a masculine punch to place near the groom’s cake. For another personal touch, freeze water in a letter jello mold and have your own floating initial ice cube.

3. Keep it local & seasonal.

Using seasonal, local ingredients can help integrate the wedding location and any regional features, while also keeping costs down. Check out local farmers markets to see what is in season and available near your venue. There’s no need to pair the cocktails with the food, as your signature cocktail can be an experience on its own.

4. Parting is such sweet sorrow.

Receptions are usually a little crazy towards the end. Create personalized bottles of a cool-down drink for the road, such as a coconut water spritzer with a sprig of mint. This amazing parting gift is refreshing and will help guests recover from the evening’s festivities.

So…what will your signature cocktail be like?

About Nicole Denton

With a love of planning just about anything — from her own wedding, to bridal and baby showers, to dinner parties, and more – Nicole is the Plunge Project’s founder and former editor-in-chief. A New Jersey native, Nicole has called Chandler, Arizona home since 2013, where she currently lives with her husband Michael; two pit bulls, Shelby and Link; and cat, Kity Perry. A University of Tennessee graduate, Nicole has a bachelors in communications and a career at a rapidly-growing digital marketing firm.

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