So much goes into planning a wedding — from the flowers to the seating chart, but many brides (and grooms) agree that one of the most fun parts to plan is your cocktail hour! Of course, wine is a crowd pleaser, craft beers are always a hit with the groomsman and bubbly is a must for any celebratory occasion. But if you want to do something really special, signature drinks are a unique way to make a statement on your big day.
You can select one or two beverages you both enjoy or opt for his and hers cocktails. A champagne cocktail is always a classic choice — make it your own by incorporating your favorite flavors or keep it seasonal with timely ingredients (think cider, rosemary and pomegranate for winter weddings). Consider serving a non-alcoholic "mocktail" for guests who don't plan to drink. Get 'em creative names. The options are endless!
To get your started, here are a few romantic renditions of classic cocktail recipes that are guaranteed to wow your friends and family. Cheers!
True Love's Kiss
This pomegranate, rum and prosecco libation captures the sparkling spirit of your big day. Fresh pomegranate seeds add a romantic touch. Get the recipe here.
Dancing in the Moonlight
Inspired by the warm light of the moon, this stunning coconut cream and vodka cocktail is garnished with midnight hued blackberries. Planning a formal affair? Serve in a gold-rimmed glass for a striking addition to your bar. Get the recipe here.
Opting for his and hers cocktails? This pretty-in-pink drink — a combination of gin, St Germain and grapefruit — is a beautiful choice for a bridal beverage. Get the recipe here.
Berry French Kiss
Tying the knot at a grand chateau? Fill your glass with a berry twist on a classic French cocktail (we also gave it a more romantic name). Get the recipe here.
December "I Do"
Some might call it a Pomegranate Rosemary Spritzer, but December "I Do" just has a bit more whimsy and seasonal appeal. Don't you think? Get the recipe here.
Celebratory Cider Sparkler
For fall and winter fêtes, there's nothing more festive than adding a little champagne and cider to the mix. Get the recipe here.
There's something so sublimely seasonal about the colors and aromas of bourbon whiskey, orange bitters and figs (a.k.a. a Fig Manhattan). Get the recipe here.