We’ve all sipped Pimm’s or quaffed Champagne at a reception but this summer’s best wedding drinks are pretty off the wall. We’ve found 8 brilliant beverages that’ll get the conversations flowing – guaranteed!


Retro lemonade

Easy to make yourself and a hit with guests of all ages, retro lemonade is ideal to sip during a summer time reception. Let the zesty colour inspire your day – think yellow straws, bridesmaid dresses and even shoes!


Beer stash

Not just for the boys, this one… A beer stash is guaranteed to raise a few smiles on the day. Think carefully about how to display your favourite brand – we love the old tin bath idea idea to keep those bevvies ice cold!

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Home brew

Have you got a friend or family member who is known for their (infamous) home brew? Why not make it a fun reception drink? Fill a few bottles – best to stick to miniatures, especially if you’re not sure of the alcohol content – add some vintage luggage tags and you have a personalised drink idea and wedding favour, all in one.



A refreshing smoothie is just what your guests will need while they’re stood in the summer sun waiting for you to finish your photographs! Choose flavours that feature seasonal summer berries, or match the colour of your smoothie with the theme of your day.



We think it’s a crime to plan a rustic, festival-style wedding reception without a cider bar… Well Wedding Ideas started in Somerset, after all! A cider bar would be the perfect finishing touch to an outdoorsy celebration – think hay bale seating, Mumford and Sons playing in the background and you’re half way there.



Planning a 50s-inspired wedding theme? Transport your guests back to the diner in Grease with a signature milkshake! Add some stripy straws from the Wedding Ideas Shop and you’re done!


Milk (and cookies)

Staying with the milk theme, we love the idea for giving tired guests milk and cookies before they set off home. A tasty way to cure the midnight munchies that will remind guests of their childhood, too.


Signature cocktails

An oldie but a goodie, signature wedding cocktails are only limited by your imagination. Load them with your favourite tipples, or make them mocktails so guests young and old can enjoy. Serve them in Champagne saucers as this bride has done for a little extra glamour.

What wedding drinks are you serving to your guests on the big day? Let us know now in the Wedding Ideas Forum. And if you want more quirky wedding food ideas, click here!