How to Pick Your Signature Wedding Cocktail

Updated 04/08/16
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Lilian Hadar

When it comes time for your wedding guests to toast to your everlasting love, put a signature cocktail in their hand that has flavor and meaning behind it. When you're deciding what drink to share with your guests, be sure to pick one that has a meaning to you and your fiancé and one that's unique to the two of you. If you're not sure where to start on your search for the perfect drink, here are six things to keep in mind when picking your signature wedding cocktail.

Keep It Seasonal. Consider using fresh ingredients and picking a cocktail that flows well with the season. It will be easier to drink and more fitting with your overall wedding theme.

Use Your Wedding Colors. Add in the theme of your wedding and incorporate your wedding colors as part of the drink. Whether it's with a pop of fruit or a kind of drink that's the same hue as the decorations in your venue. If you can't pick a drink that has the exact color scheme (an elegant blue libation is hard to come by, for example), feel free to spice up the cocktail with a colored napkin.

Put a Personal Spin on a Classic. Stick with a classic drink and add one or two new ingredients to it in order to spice it up a bit. Add in a different mixer to it or ask a local mixologist to help you find a fun and easy way to add some flavor and personality to your go-to beverage.

Give it a Fun Name. No matter what signature drink you pick, give it an added twist with a fun name. Pick something that incorporates the drink name and either your wedding hashtag or a spin off your and your finance's name.

Go With a His and Hers. If you can't decide on just one drink or want to give your guests two options, splurge on his and hers cocktails. You can pick your favorite drink and your fiancé can pick his. That way, your guests have two drink options before the open bar opens up.

Add a Serving of Love. A fun way to personalize your signature cocktail is to have a story behind it. Maybe pick the drink that you two had on your first date or the cocktail that's your go-to on a Sunday evening together.

Jen Glantz is a "Professional Bridesmaid" and the founder of Bridesmaid for Hire. She's the author of All My Friends Are Engaged and frequently wears old bridesmaid dresses to the grocery store and on first dates.

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