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Drink to your Hearts Content


 

Unforgettable, that’s what you are. It’s going to be a night you and your guests will never forget. Here’s why. Shove convention and welcome the ‘new school’ style of serving ‘alternative drinks’. We don’t necessarily mean doing without the booze, though that is an option, but more than that, we want to offer you the chance to experience a wedding night like no other.

From open bar concepts serving assortments of cocktails, mocktails and all, we’ve listed it all down for you. So take your pick, you just might be able to save some extra cash on the drinks bill too!


A toast! Photo by 39East Images. Wedding of Hsueh Wei & Hse Minh.

BRING YOUR OWN BOTTLE
Depending on the location of your wedding, it is often more cost efficient to BYOB. Order crates of your chosen alcohol beverage off local distributors, they often offer lower prices for bulk purchases. Firstly, you’d get to pick your favourite beverage that may not be on the hotel’s drink list. Secondly, if you are able to get the hotel or caterer to quote a one-off corkage price, or request to be charged corkage for only bottles you have opened - you can avoid the hassle and save some cash. Some venues do offer both options and charge the suitably lower rate after the banquet. It is important to include this option and have it stated in your contract even if you have no fixed plans.

  • Shaken, Not Stirred
    Set up a cocktail bar that serves only one or two types of your favourite alcoholic beverage in various concoctions. A good bartender will have you know that you’ll be able to enjoy a rather elaborate drinks list based with just one alcohol. The trick is to try and stick with about 5 of your favorite choices. Though some cocktails may require other mixers, they’d hardly cost much because you’ll only need a touch to go a long way. And this is purely optional. Best of all, a themed bar easily spruces up your wedding and suits the occasion. So let us provide you with some ideas…

  • Champagne Bar
    Have it straight up in a tall elegant flute, or top it up with orange juice and maybe some triple sec for the perfect mimosa. Some peach juice and peach schnapps later, you’d have the ultimate bellini. A simple champagne punch works as well with any of your favourite fruit juices. If you’d really like something unique, get the bartender to whip up an original champagne cocktail to commemorate your special day and leave a lasting impression on your guests.

  • Wine Bar
    You may be a wine connoisseur, but may fear the good stuff possibly go to waste if your guests aren’t. Yet, you’d still love to have some wine at your wedding, so perhaps a wine cocktail bar would suit you best. Go all tropicana with white wine or red wine sangrias that are extremely refreshing and most suitable for our hot weather. Bubble things up with a club soda for a good spritzer or enjoy endless possibilities with a touch of vanilla-ginger syrup and club soda topped with ice wine.

  • Tequila Bar
    Think tequila, think margaritas! Strawberry, lime, mango, passionfruit, really, any flavour that pleases you, there’s nothing not to love about margaritas. They’re refreshing, sweet and certainly pack a punch, so go easy on the tequila. The vibrant colours from different flavours would certainly brighten things up and keep spirits high. Not a margarita fan? Perhaps a tequila sunrise then. The touch of grenadine and orange juice creates soft hues of red and orange just like the sunrise. Everybody loves a pretty drink that’s slightly sweet and easy on the palate.

  • Vodka Bar
    Touted as the most versatile mixing liquor, Vodka is perfect for vodka tonics, screwdrivers, cosmopolitans and many more. Indulge in classy vodka martinis shaken with vermouth and flavoured syrups if you please. Lychee Martinis, Peach Martinis, Choya Martinis even, anything goes with the good old vodka.

ExtraOrdinary Weddings Tip
Do remember to order more bottles than you think you’d need. The wine distributor or the banquet manager will be happy to advise the quantity you need to purchase. If you like to do the math yourself, here’s the formula: Number of guest who drinks x 1.5 glass per person.

NO BOOS FOR NO BOOZE
Be an abiding citizen and make sure no one drives home drunk! Besides, what’s a roomful of drunkards and an additional laundry service bill going to do you any good? Save the cash, and hit the pubs with your fellers another night. Enjoy every minute of your wedding night sober and in good non-alcoholic fashion. It’ll still be a blast we promise!

Try a fruit punch station for instance. Select your favourite fruit juices and mix them up. Do make sure you engage all your best pals for a taste test and have a unanimous vote. Get your friends to brainstorm recipes or get hands-on with your partner. Create a fruit punch of your style and give it a name unique to the both of you. It’ll be tons of fun!

MOCKTAIL BAR
If fruit punch ain’t your thing, perhaps a mocktail bar would deem better. So here are some recipes just to get the inspirations going.

Cinderella

  1. Shake together equal parts pineapple juice, orange juice and lemon juice.
  2. Strain over ice cubes, top with soda water and splash in a little grenadine.
  3. Garnish with a slice of pineapple, or a pineapple chunk and a cherry on a stick.
  4. Drink with straws.

Southern Belle

  1. Crush a sprig of mint with a teaspoon of sugar at the bottom of a glass to extract the mint flavour.
  2. Add a squeeze of lemon juice and lots of ice.
  3. Top up with ginger ale, garnish with a sprig of mint. 
  4. Serve with straws.

Virgin Bellini

  1. Take 2 oz peach juice, 1 tsp grenadine syrup and 2 oz soda water.
  2. Stir well and pour into a wine glass.

Virgin Pina Colada

  1. Add 7 oz pineapple juice, 2 oz coconut cream and 1 cup crushed ice to a blender;
  2. Blend at high speed.
  3. Pour into a Collins glass.
  4. Garnish with a maraschino cherry, a pineapple wedge, and serve.

SMOOTHIE BAR
For the health conscious, you can set up a smoothie bar, slush bar or even milkshake bar. It’s your wedding, you get to decide! If it’s smoothies you fancy, take your favourite fruits with some milk or yoghurt and whiz away. For a brain-freeze experience, toss in ice cubes, fresh fruits, juices and blend till you get the perfect slush. Milkshakes are effortless, take your favourite ice cream flavour and blend it with some milk, make it a thick or thin shake, it’s up to you! Who needs the booze anyway? Get high on delicious mocktails and irresistible smoothies, slush and shakes.

Eat, Drink and Be Merry! Yours will definitely be a wedding like no other, unique and refreshing, a party you’ll never forget.




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