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Wedding Budget Tip #20: Craft a Signature Cocktail for Your Wedding

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Craft a signature cocktail for your wedding to save money on your reception expenses. Don’t miss this roundup of some delicious cocktail recipes, and learn more about how this choice can save you money!

Wedding Budget Tip #20: Serve a signature cocktail instead of an open bar
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This post is part of a recurring series here on BSB where we share wedding budget tips to help you save money on your wedding! You can access all the wedding budget tips on a single page for your convenience and future reference. Today’s tip is all about one of my favorite topics — cocktails! Are you serving a signature cocktail at your wedding?

Wedding Budget Tip #20: Serve a signature cocktail instead of an open bar

Wedding Budget Tip #20:

Craft a signature cocktail for your wedding!

We all know by now that one of the biggest expenses for the wedding reception is the bar. There is always the option to have a dry wedding if your funds are really tight. But if you’re looking for a way to toast your guests for less– a signature cocktail is a good solution.

By limiting the amount and varieties of liquor you serve, you’ll cut down on the extra expense of having a more fully stocked bar. Of course, it is normal for couples to serve wine and beer along with their signature cocktail in order to provide their guests with at least a few options to choose from, but the extra detail of a signature cocktail adds a nice touch.

Some of our favorite wedding blogs feature signature cocktail recipes that are definitely worth checking out. Here are a few of our favorites signature drinks!

Signature Cocktail Ideas for Weddings

We love the series of cocktail recipes over on Oh So Beautiful Paper!

Another favorite source for cocktail recipes is Something Turquoise!

Signature Cocktail Recipes -- Photos by Nole Garey for Oh So Beautiful Paper & Mike Carreiro for Something Turquoise
Photos by Nole Garey for Oh So Beautiful Paper & Mike Carreiro for Something Turquoise

Be sure to check out all the fab options for signature drinks on these fantastic blogs! Of course, it is up to you to decide on the quality of liquor to serve in your signature drinks, so if you choose a budget brand that could be another way to save money. However, if you’re serving just one or two signature cocktails I think it’s nice to splurge on the good stuff in order to offer a really nice option for your guests to enjoy.

Affordable Signature Cocktail Recipes for Weddings

Check out some of our favorite cocktails we’ve shared here on The Budget Savvy Bride:

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Lemon Raspberry Prosecco Cocktail

Prosecco is an affordable alternative to champagne, and the addition of fruit makes it even more festive!


Partridge in a Pear Tree Martini

Partridge in a Pear Tree Martini

Looking for something festive but classy? We love this pear martini recipe.


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Fall Bourbon Apple Cider

Smoky bourbon with spiced apple cider makes for a delicious beverage for a chilly fall wedding day!


Savvy Signature Sips | Cocktail Recipe | Skinny Girl Tangerine Vodka, Soda Water, and a Splash of Orange Juice!

Tangerine Vodka Spritzer

A simple, savvy, and refreshing option for a summer wedding or brunch celebration!


So tell us: are you having a signature cocktail at your wedding?

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Wedding Budget Tip #20: Serve a signature cocktail instead of an open bar
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