Pre-ceremony, try serving yellow or pink lemonade (spring), peach iced tea (summer), apple cider (fall), egg nog, or hot chocolate (winter). Display clear plastic cups, small glasses, or mason jars next to your drink dispenser(s). For an extra-chic touch, offer drinking straws or stirrers.
To save yourself a bartender at your home reception, try pre-mixing a few 'signature' drinks and set them up in beverage dispensers so that your guests may help themselves. This works especially well for backyard receptions. Here are some ideas of which I am especially fond:
A rustic, self-constructed lemonade stand is given a dose of country charm with mason jars, wildflowers, and a hand-painted sign.
Credit: JK Photography
What could be better than cookies? Cookies with drinks! Give your guests options by offering multiple drink choices, and switch it up with ladles in top-opening jars. A colorful banner gives your beverage stand some character.
Credit: One Love Photo
Chalk boards are a cute way to announce your beverage stand, and a hand-sewn linen adds a cheery focal point to an otherwise simple display.
Credit: Fred Marcus Photography
Paper straws and vintage milk bottles make any drink irresistable.
Credit: ModernLola (for drinking straws)
Tie the knot with these adorable knotted drinking straws.
Credit: Martha Stewart Weddings
Save money (and look marvelous doing it) with a DIY reception bar. Pre-mixed drinks allow guests to pour their own and act as their own bartenders.
Credit: Project Wedding
Stay tuned tomorrow for a hand-picked selection of the most unique (and affordable) beverage dispensers on the worldwide web!