Many brides want to feature a signature cocktail at their wedding, and why not? There’s so many options out there, and you can save money by having a limited bar and only having enough liquor for your signature drink!

The biggest thing to consider when deciding on your signature drink is the amount of actual alcohol in the drink. You want to pick a drink that has only 1-2 liquors in it, or you’re going to be a spending a lot more money. For instance, you can choose to have a Woo Woo at your wedding for relatively cheap, because there’s only vodka, peach schnapps and cranberry juice. However, if you’re thinking about having your favorite mixed drink or shooter at your wedding, keep in mind that many of those have 3-5 liquors in it, and you’ll have to buy a lot of bottles of a lot of different liquor. For example, you may love Long Island Iced Teas, but remember that you’ll have to buy 5 liquors in bulk (vodka, gin, rum, tequila and triple sec).

You also want to keep things simple. A margarita might only have tequila and triple sec, but people have a lot of different preferences when it comes to salt vs. sugar on the rim, etc. You’ll also want to stay away from frozen drinks, because they’ll take a longer time for your bartender to prepare for your guests.


A good simple and popular option is always a Manhattan! It takes your bartender less than a minute to pour some bourbon (pick a cheap one to buy in bulk!) and sweet vermouth onto some ice and throw in a cherry, and voila! Many people can also simply water it down if it’s too strong.

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You can also try a fruit-flavored mojito, like the mango one shown here! The only liquor you’ll need is some rum. Stock up on some club soda, juice in the flavor of your choice, simple syrup (which is really just sugar and water) and some mint leaves for garnish. It’s very easy to make, and your guests will love having something different to enjoy!

You can also play around with decorating your drinks, like this:

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I love the idea of placing your signature drink in a mason jar, and they are cheap if you buy in bulk! If you’re having a more casual wedding, wrapping beads around the jar is a fun way to decorate that won’t break your bank.


What signature cocktails have you considered? Let us know in the comments!

The author: Beth Wertz

Beth graduated from James Madison University in 2014 with a degree in journalism. Most of her spare time is spent looking at wedding dresses and watching Netflix, hoping to get more ideas for Style Inspirations.
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