Signature Drink Ideas for Your Charleston Wedding

Want to set a festive tone for your wedding reception? Signature cocktails are a fast track ticket to fun! They can also be a great way to save money if you want to serve mixed drinks without committing to a full, open bar. The Relish team has had the pleasure of planning and serving a variety of signature drinks, and here are some of our favorite ways to personalize beverage menus…

Charleston Inspired Drinks

Your Charleston wedding may not be a destination for you, but it likely feels like a destination wedding to your out-of-town guests. This will definitely be the case if you or your fiancé were born out of state. Consider delighting locals and out-of-towners alike by serving up some local flavor. Arnold Palmers, made with lemonade and local sweet tea vodka by Firefly, is a popular choice among our clients, and it certainly suits wedding receptions with a golf course view (The Pavilion at Patriot’s Point, RiverTowne Country Club and Snee Farm Country Club all fit that bill). There are lots of other locally distilled spirits that can be used for Old Fashioneds, Gin & Tonics, Mint Juleps and nearly anything else you can imagine. If you prefer to skip liquor all together, locally brewed beer is another crowd pleaser.

In addition to alcoholic drinks, plan special treats for those who choose to abstain. Locally grown tea from Charleston Tea Plantation is great choice. We especially love the idea of local coffees and teas for winter weddings.   

Above Photos Provided by Reid + Stone Photography.

"His & Hers" Options

They say that two brains are better than one, and we tend to agree... especially when it comes to planning a drink menu! "His and hers" drink options are one of the easiest ways to personalize a wedding reception. We recently worked with a couple who customized a prosecco and pomegranate cocktail for her pick and opted to serve a favorite local beer, White Thai by Westbrook, for his pick. And since Charleston is a melting pot, some couples put a home state spin on their drink choices... Long Island Iced Tea for a New York native, a peach flavored champagne cocktail for a Georgia girl, Jack and Coke for a groom hailing from Tennesse... The options are virtually limitless.   

Themed Drinks

Cocktails can take on virtually any color and flavor imaginable, so many of our clients opt for a themed drink. We recently catered a wedding reception that had a beachy, luau theme. We created elaborate fruit displays with pineapple palm trees, and the bride decked out the reception hall in shades of blue... Naturally, the signature cocktail (Blue Hawaiians) followed suit.

Learn More About Drink Menus  

Ready to start planning your wedding drink menu? Relish is a full-service caterer, and we offer customizable bar packages. Schedule a complimentary consultation with our Catering Manager, Lacy Davidson, to learn more!