Signature Sips

I love wine. Most love beer. Enough prefer liquor over both.

The first time I discovered the “signature drink” idea for weddings, I knew I wanted to incoporate this idea in the reception. And really, I can theme anything. I love themes. I think it’s the little Martha Stewart inside of me’s favorite thing to do. Plus, it can help with your budget {huge deal}, not to mention add a little oh-la-la  to your sips.

Let’s be honest, it’s sort of a treat when you discover there are actual drinks at a wedding – most often it’s just beer and wine. Which is fine, I’m not knocking anyone or anything.  However, actual drinks mean big bill and big bucks {which = breaking budget}. For me, anyway.

One way to get the best of both worlds is to use the sig. drink theme.  Guests get to walk around with cute-sy little colored drinks to match your wedding. They make for pretty rad pictures anyway. See below:


Aside from the cute factor however, you give your guests another option at the bar but keep costs under control by only offering one type of liquor. Which I suggest be vodka. Vodka is the most popular liquor and can be combined with a wider variety of mixers to achieve different flavors (not to mention, it can take on whatever color you want). Basically, you can’t go wrong with it.

Our drink consists of: 1 oz vodka; 0.5 blue curaco and soda water. If mixed correctly, it really tastes delicious and light, perfect for a hot summer night. The name of our sig. sip: TBD. Any ideas readers?

Not sure what to mix with what and how to get your signature color? Castle Brands Inc. has this wonderful little tool that allows you to search for cocktails based on color, complete with recipe and ingredient information. Too fun! If you don’t find what you’re looking for, resort to Google. It’s a no fail. And my best friend.

Once you find a recipe {or two} have a BM over for a taste test to figure out which one you like best. You have fun and get wedding stuff done at the same time. Now that’s killing two birds with one stone, for ya!

Anyway, since we are deciding to take  the three-drink-choice route {and our venue allows us to bring in our own alcohol}, we need to figure out exactly how much we need of what. Not easy. As I’ve mentioned before, Frugal McDougal’s Web site offers visitors a drink calculator.  You just enter in the number of people you think will be drinking, then the number of hours, and they do the math for you. Of course, the hard part is deciding who you think will actually gravitate towards which beverage for the night.

Tip: just estimate. Don’t drive yourself crazy trying to be exact. Like I did.

My friend and event planner Brandi, of All Events Planned, also suggested (in her experience) to assume that out of 100 people, 25 will drink beer, 25 will drink wine and 50 will drink the cocktail. It’s at least a starting point – the counting is really up to you.


Keg Beer – if you decide to do a keg, check out Jack-Son’s Sports Bar for prices and flavors available {they’re whom we are going through}.  They include a keg cooler and pumps for each type of keg you rent .  Here is another list of a few places in the area that may be worth comparison shopping for.

Bottled or Canned Beer –  Costco. It’s no surprise their prices are great and you can return any unopened packages.

Wine – Again, check Costco. However, you may be limited on the types of wine available. If this is the case, you can also price check at regular grocery stores in the area; I think most places will give you “event discounts” if you buy a certain number of bottles.

Liquor – The liquor store. It’s worth asking if they do discounts on multiples but I really don’t know on this. My grandpa picked our liquor up on his way down to Reno this spring for cheap. Thanks grandpa!

Liquor License

If your venue does allow you to bring in your own liquor, you have to show proof of a banquet permit {in order to serve the liquor} in the state of Washington. They only cost $10, so make sure you get one. Here is Washington’s permit guidelines and rules. Read ’em. Learn ’em. Use ’em.



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One response to “Signature Sips

  1. Colie

    The blue drink sounds amazing!! Do you have someone making the drinks as there ordered?? If not to save a lot of time….Pre-make them in large containers or containers that will fit a pour spout…We did that at work a lot lol!!! A splash of pineapple juice or sweet n sour would taste amazing too! Good choice!

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