6 Creative Ways to Serve Drinks During Cocktail Hour

by Kristin Doherty
I Do, Drinks and Dancing directional sign at wedding reception
photo by Natalie Franke Photography

A surefire way to entertain guests while you take wedding photos is by hosting a cocktail hour. Serve up anything from craft beer to mimosas or, more simply, lemonade and sodas to refresh your guests pre-reception. Here, six ways to get creative with the presentation, from a rustic bar cart to a make-your-own drink station!

A Lemonade Stand

Lemonade stand at outdoor wedding reception
photo by Birds of a Feather

Serve up classic lemonade or add a specialty flavor (give or take the vodka) for a spin on a favorite childhood pastime.

From the album: A Ponte Family Estate Wedding in Temecula, California

A Rolling Bar Cart

Rolling drink cart for soda at wedding reception
photo by Our Labor Of Love

Fill a rolling cart with drinks, then have the bartender make rounds. Guests will love that the drinks come to them!

From the album: A Whimsical Garden Party in Adairsville, Georgia

An Ice Bar and Luge

Ice bar and luge at wedding reception
photo by Brian Dorsey Studios

For a luxe wedding, go all-out with a bar made of ice! Or opt for a custom ice luge, which guests will have a blast pouring drinks through.

From the album: A Shadowbrook Wedding in Shrewsbury, New Jersey

A Make-Your-Own Mimosa Bar

DIY mimosa bar for wedding day
photo by J. Anne Photography

Let guests pick their favorite juice and fruit garnish for their personalized mimosa. This one is also a great option for your bridal shower, getting ready on the wedding day or the day-after brunch.

From the album: A Siena Golf Club Wedding in Las Vegas, Nevada

Bottled Beer In A Boat

Canoe drinks cooler at barn wedding
photo by Cassi Claire Photography

If you're having a nautical or lakeside wedding, fill a canoe or rowboat with ice and offer guests to bottled brews and sodas.

From the album: An Inn at Fernbrook Farms Wedding in Chesterfield, New Jersey

Kegs in Rustic Barrels

Kegs of beer at wedding reception
photo by Woodlandfields Photography

For beer-loving guests, a cold one somehow tastes better when it comes from a cool, rustic-looking keg.

From the album: An Elegant Formal Wedding in Lamont, FL

More, please!
> How To Stock The Bar At Your Wedding Reception
> More Creative Cocktail Hour Ideas
> 6 Mouthwatering Signature Cocktails

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