6 Creative Ways to Serve Drinks During Cocktail Hour

by Kristin Doherty
I Do, Drinks and Dancing directional sign at wedding reception
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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