We all know that weddings and toasts go together like whiskey and rocks. But how do you set the scene for the best possible wedding whiskey toast, and then when do you say? Let’s talk about the best ways to make a great impact with a wedding speech (or how to help your family and friends plan the toasts for your wedding) without being cheesy or over the top.
Setting the Stage
One of the best ways to make sure everyone has a great time at the reception, and especially during the speeches, is to consider the details. You know who will be there, you know who will be talking, but what will they be drinking?
Creating the Perfect Toast: Designing a signature cocktail
While the guests will be literally telling their stories, you can tell your own stories without saying a word through elements like the signature cocktail of your wedding. It should be meaningful, memorable, and delicious, of course. Plus, if you have one cocktail instead of an open bar, it can be cheaper! But is crafting your cocktail something can you can do on your own?
According to Susannah of the blog Feast + West, yes! You can do it. In order to craft a drink that’s as unique as you guys, it’s as easy as considering a few things that make your relationship special.
Signature cocktail crafting step 1: Choose your booze
If you’re here, that means you’re probably going to go with whiskey. But if you like another type of spirit, or if one of you is a beer drinker, Susannah suggests you can get new labels printed to go over the beer label to make that drink your own as well.
If we’re going for whiskey, let’s narrow down your whiskey choice. Whiskey, Bourbon, rye, or Scotch? Once you have that down, Susannah suggests choosing a local distillery, but you can also choose your favorite brand, or even a blend of your favorite brands as a couple if they’re complimentary.
[Check out our guide on wedding whiskey blending]
Susannah’s next suggestion is to capture the essence of a place that’s special to you as a couple. If you took a trip to Hawaii, maybe it’s pineapple or coconut, if you met in college in Florida, maybe you’d like to feautre orange juice in your cocktail. Don’t be afraid of edible florals, or unusual flavors used with restraint – just try it out!
Signature cocktail crafting step 3: Think about the wedding
In considering what you’ll be serving, you definitely want to think about the time of year when the wedding will take place (icy or hot drinks on the wrong season will be distracting, not delicious!)
You’ll also want to consider your wedding theme and colors. A lot of ingredients can add your wedding colors in fun and refreshing ways, or you can use your garnish to tie it all together.
Let’s have a little fun with this! My wedding colors were navy blue and sage green, and I live in a place that has a ton of roadside blueberry stands in the summer, so if I were to do my summer wedding all over again, I would definitely consider making a blueberry signature drink.
So, I’m thinking whiskey and blueberry together – what can I make? How about a blueberry version of an old fashioned? Yumm…