Drinks reception for Weddings

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When it comes to planning your wedding, one of the most important aspects to consider is the drinks reception. This is the time when your guests will be mingling, celebrating, and toasting your special day, so it's crucial to make sure you have a fabulous selection of drinks on offer.

Unveiling the Mystery: The Charm of a Drinks Reception!

Sip, chat, and celebrate! A drinks reception is the cherry on top of any special occasion. Whether it’s a wedding, party, networking event, or corporate function, it’s the perfect way to keep the good times flowing between all the fun. Cheers to that!

Unlock endless possibilities for an unforgettable drinks reception that will have your guests buzzing with excitement for days on end.


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Creating a signature cocktail for your summer wedding can add a special touch to your drink reception. Consider incorporating fresh orange juice, sparkling wine, and apple juice for a refreshing and flavourful option. Alongside alcoholic beverages, be sure to have a variety of fruit juices and soft drink options available for all guests to enjoy.

During cocktail hour, set the perfect atmosphere with garden games and entertainment for your guests to enjoy while sipping on their drinks. Your wedding photographer can capture these fun moments as well as candid shots of you and your partner mingling with guests.

Consider booking drinks packages that include both alcoholic and nonalcoholic alternatives to cater to all preferences. With a well-planned drink reception, complete with a dance floor and plenty of time for everyone to relax and celebrate, you can ensure that your special day is truly unforgettable.

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Planning an outdoor drinks reception for your dream wedding? Here are some tips to help you create a magical and unforgettable experience within your wedding budget:

1. Consider the entire wedding budget when planning the drinks reception. Allocate a portion of the budget specifically for drinks and be sure to stick to it.

2. Get creative with your wedding drink ideas. Instead of just offering champagne, consider serving signature cocktails, a selection of wines, or even a DIY mimosa bar for guests to enjoy.

3. Opt for a champagne reception as a classy and elegant way to kick off the celebrations. Serve each guest a glass of Prosecco upon arrival to set the tone for the rest of the event.

4. Make sure to provide non-alcoholic options as well, such as mocktails, sparkling water, or fruit-infused iced tea, to cater to all guests’ preferences.

5. Consider hiring a private bartender to take care of serving drinks and managing the bar during the reception. This will ensure that everything runs smoothly and that your guests receive top-notch service throughout the event.

With these tips in mind, you can create an outdoor drinks reception that perfectly complements your dream wedding vision while staying within your budget constraints. Cheers to a beautiful and unforgettable celebration!

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Private Bartender provides everything you need for a truly unforgettable drinks reception. From expertly crafted cocktails to personalised drink menus, our team is dedicated to creating a unique and memorable experience for you and your guests.

One of the key elements of a successful drinks reception is the bar itself. Our mobile bars are sleek, stylish, and fully customisable to suit your wedding theme. Whether you’re going for a rustic vibe or a glamorous look, we have the perfect bar for you.

In addition to the bar, our cocktail staff are trained professionals who can whip up a wide range of delicious drinks to suit all tastes. From classic cocktails like martinis and mojitos to modern creations like espresso martinis and Aperol spritzes, our team can cater to any preference.

We also offer personalised drink menus, allowing you to showcase your favorite cocktails or create signature drinks for your wedding day.


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Indulge in the Perfect Wedding drinks reception!

A well-executed drinks reception can enhance the atmosphere of a wedding day, allowing guests to engage in more meaningful conversations beyond the typical small talk about the couple’s appearance or the weather.

New friendships may form between different sides of the family and between friends of both partners at the wedding. This could potentially lead to the start of new relationships. The wedding party is likely to have an exciting and growing atmosphere.

This enables you to appreciate your photos and revisit a lively and pleasant wedding reception.

Do you ever wonder if things are just as perfect as you imagined? The fine line between success and failure can be difficult to navigate. That’s where this guide comes in – let us guide you on how to make your wedding day truly memorable!

From intimate gatherings to luxurious affairs, Private Bartender Hire Company had the pleasure of entertaining at a wide range of weddings. We know that every celebration is unique, so we have tailored our services into three categories – Budget-Friendly, Top-Notch, and Extravagant.


How can Private Bartender help with your Wedding Reception Drinks?

With our mobile bars and cocktail staff, Private Bartender Hire Company can help create a truly memorable wedding drinks reception for you and your guests. Our sleek and stylish bars can be customized to fit your wedding theme, whether it be rustic or glamorous. Our trained cocktail staff are experts at crafting a wide range of delicious drinks, from classic cocktails to modern creations.

In addition to the bar and cocktail service , we also offer personalized drink menus to showcase your favorite cocktails or create signature drinks for your special day. Our team is dedicated to creating a unique and memorable experience for you and your guests, ensuring that your wedding drinks reception is truly unforgettable.

Whether you’re planning an intimate gathering or a luxurious affair, Private Bartender Hire Company offers a range of services to suit your needs. From budget-friendly options to top-notch and extravagant packages, we have something for every couple. Let us help you create the perfect wedding drinks reception that will leave a lasting impression on your guests.

To book our mobile bar service for your wedding day, contact Private Bartender Hire Company today. Let us take care of all your drink needs so you can relax and enjoy your special day with your loved ones. Cheers to a truly unforgettable wedding drinks reception!

Select your Wedding Drinks Reception Venue

We will begin with something simple.

Booking the venue for your wedding is typically one of the first tasks you’ll complete.

If you haven’t booked yet, you may be close to doing so.

The venue will play a significant role in determining the type of drinks reception you will have.

The tone of the upcoming event is yet to be determined. A common mistake I have observed is couples choosing a venue that exceeds their budget restrictions. It is important to prioritise financial constraints when selecting a venue to ensure all aspects of the wedding can be accommodated.

It is advisable to adjust the venue slightly in order to stay within budget and ensure everything align with the venue.

The wedding venue is often a central hub for finding various suppliers for your wedding day.

It is advisable to inquire about the venue’s recommended supplier list, although it is not mandatory to use them.

The venue will recommend suppliers that meet their standards and have proven success in providing products and services that are well-suited for the venue.


Prepare to be transported to another world with the incredible theming and decorations in store for you!

Choosing a wedding style can be challenging due to the many options available.

If you have a theme for your wedding, chances are it was planned well in advance of your drinks reception.

The theme of a wedding conveys the tone and style to guests through visual cues.

The drinks reception may be the first opportunity for guests to experience the wedding theme, depending on the venue.

Remember to include the table plan for the wedding breakfast in your decorations to prevent congestion when guests transition from the drinks reception. Consider creating a fun and engaging way to display this information.

At a recent event, the couple created Lego “mini-figures” of all their guests, with each figure holding a flag displaying the person’s name and table number. Guests of all ages were eager to see how they were represented in Lego form.


The most economical choice.

Many people choose to do DIY projects themselves, especially when aiming for a rustic look.

Sourcing materials for hessian runners, candle-holders, and table centerpieces can be done cost-effectively.

Creating your own timetable or table plan for your event can be a cost-effective option, but remember that clarity is key. Involving friends and offering food and drinks in exchange for their help can make the process more enjoyable.

There are opportunities to recoup some of the expenses from wedding purchases by selling items at D.I.Y Wedding Boot Sales, where you can both buy and sell wedding items.

The option for professionals.

This is to contact either the venue or a wedding decoration team to discuss ideas, as they typically have a portfolio of previous weddings.

Customers have the option to purchase or rent items for decorating the venue themselves, or hire a company to handle the decor.



The extravagant choice.

For a more elaborate wedding, consider hiring a professional wedding planner or stylist.

Share your ideas with them by showing your wedding scrapbook or Pinterest board.

Normally, you will be invited to their studio for a consultation to experience their styling items and physically handle them.

While photos of items can be helpful, experiencing and physically interacting with objects can provide a different perspective.

It is important to have a consultation with the stylist before booking to get to know them. Building a rapport is crucial, especially since you may end up spending a significant amount of time communicating with them.

Collaborate with a skilled event planner to bring your vision to life on your special day.

By relieving stress, you can focus on other tasks throughout the day.



Food served at a drinks reception.

The significance of food at drinks receptions

Some individuals may experience increased hunger, leading to feelings of irritability, known as “hangry”.

Women, who may have taken longer to get ready than men, could have either had an early breakfast or no breakfast.

Considering travel times, ceremony schedules, and meal times, it’s likely that they haven’t had lunch either.

People typically don’t eat anything until 2:30 at the very earliest, emphasizing the importance of food.

The most economical choice.

The most cost-effective option is to have patrons wait until their seated meal.

I do not suggest this at all.

Requesting people to stay without eating for 2 hours while alcohol is being served can be a potentially risky situation.

I have played at a few weddings where food was not provided.

It is common for patrons to visit the venue’s bar and request bags of nuts and crisps, leading to early intoxication due to the lack of food to absorb alcohol.

Planning a wedding involves considering the experiences you want for both yourself and your guests.

The option is moderately priced and informal.

Prepare snacks for yourself such as gourmet crisps, nuts, fruit kebabs, chocolate-covered strawberries, olives, and cheese twists.

It is important to verify with the venue before bringing food, as they may have restrictions on outside food.

Certain venues generate the majority of their profit by offering catering services in-house.

There is one more thing to consider: how you will get to the venue on the day.

It is recommended to purchase flowers right before the wedding day for maximum freshness.


High-end option

One option to consider is ordering canapes from a professional caterer, although it may not be the most affordable choice as they typically charge per head.

Providing unique food experiences at your wedding can enhance the enjoyment of your guests and create lasting memories.

In my job, I have the opportunity to enjoy canapes while working, and when they are prepared well, the food is unique and unlike anything you may have tasted before.

Many wedding caterers provide the option to include canapes as an additional service, unless a more casual dining option is chosen like BBQ or Hog Roast.

This implies that during your tasting event, you will have the opportunity to sample delicious food.

At your wedding, providing exceptional culinary options can offer guests new experiences and enhance their overall enjoyment.


Music for Reception Drinks

The decision to have music at your drinks reception will be influenced by your personal preferences as a couple and the style of your wedding.

Music played during a drinks reception is usually background or ambient, rather than intended for dancing.

Music at the drinks reception is intended to create a specific atmosphere rather than solely for entertainment purposes.

You may not be seeking music that encourages people to sing and dance.

The option without cost.

Avoid spending money on unnecessary items, whether you don’t need them or just don’t want them.

The economical choice

While this may not cost any money, it will require some time, which is valuable when it comes to planning a wedding.

If a venue has a PA system or a portable amp is available, a playlist of favorite songs can be created on an iPod/MP3 player for enjoyment.

This is an effective way to personalize your wedding day and allocate funds to other aspects of the event.

If you are planning to book a DJ/Disco for your evening reception, it is advisable to discuss this with them. A skilled DJ should be able to accommodate this request along with the evening disco, but additional charges may apply.

Hiring an acoustic soloist, duet, or band for your event can provide background music during the drinks reception. They may be willing to learn your favorite songs for a more personalized touch. If you are booking a band for the evening, it’s worth discussing additional options they may have, such as providing an acoustic duo earlier in the event.

Classical Musicians – Planning a wedding at a grand and luxurious venue?

Are you planning a elegant wedding?

A string quartet can enhance the atmosphere of any event.

Choosing a full string quartet is not necessary, as trios, duos, or solo violinists are all viable options.

Classical musicians can be booked to play entrance and exit music at a wedding ceremony, as well as continuing to perform during the drinks reception.

Musicians such as pianists, saxophonists, and flutists can provide music for your ceremony and drinks reception. They may also be able to offer unique renditions of modern songs. In larger venues, pianists may use the venue’s piano or bring their own keyboard.


Photography services are available for drinks receptions.

The drinks reception was typically filled with group photos and not much else.

Photography has evolved significantly over time.

Group shots typically last less than half an hour, while you and your partner will continue on for a separate photoshoot.

The combination of couple shoots and group shots may limit your time to fully enjoy your drinks reception or even be present for it.

You have full control over your wedding decisions, but here are three pieces of advice I’d like to offer.

Consider hiring a photographer who either works as a two-person team or can bring a second shooter.

This allows for the capture of both the excitement of bridal preparation and the lighthearted moments of groom preparation.

This ensures that you can enjoy the drinks reception without missing any moments, as one photographer takes your photos and the other captures the fun activities.

Another recommendation for photographers during the drinks reception is to limit the number of group shots to a minimum.

It is recommended to hire a skilled photographer to capture important moments during events, ensuring that everyone is included in at least one photo to preserve the history of the occasion. Trusting the photographer’s expertise, vision, and technical skills is crucial in ensuring that the event is captured as desired.

Consider using a documentary style of photography for your final piece.

The photographer will capture candid photos without interrupting.

It is important to capture the essence and emotion of the day to ensure natural and authentic photographs. It can feel unnatural to have a camera pointed at you while trying to act naturally.

There are two key factors to consider when booking a photographer.

First key point.

Selecting a photographer for your wedding is crucial as you will likely spend a significant amount of time with them. It is important that you and your partner have a strong connection with your photographer and feel comfortable with them.

The second key point is…

If you ask for recommendations, you’ll receive plenty of suggestions for photographers, especially on platforms like Facebook.

In order to determine compatibility and connection, it is important to first appreciate each other’s work.

Personal preferences in photography may differ between you and your partner, but the most important thing is that you both enjoy it.


Please join us for the drinks reception.

The average wedding requires between 200 and 300 hours of planning, all for a single day.

It is important to make the most of your special day and enjoy it to the fullest.

This applies to the entire day, but it is particularly relevant during the drinks reception.

I understand that you may plan to take photos with your partner during the drinks reception.

There will be at least one hour of free time for you and your partner to enjoy.

Your wedding guests are primarily interested in seeing you and your partner above all else.

It is important not get bogged down by minor details and trust that those responsible will handle them. However, it is also important for you as the organizer of this event in which you have invested time, money, and effort, allow yourself the opportunity fully engage and participate in the process.

Make sure to actively participate in the experience and savor every moment of it.


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The author of this article also recommends considering hiring a private bartender for your drinks reception. Having a private bartender can enhance the overall experience for you and your guests by providing personalized drink options, creating a unique atmosphere, and allowing you to enjoy top-notch service. A private bartender can also help manage the flow of drinks and ensure that everyone is taken care of during the reception. Consider reaching out to Private Bartender for more information on how they can enhance your drinks reception experience.