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Wedding Planning

Along with good food, a great bar set-up plays a big part in making sure your wedding guests enjoy themselves. But navigating the world of wedding booze can be overwhelming. What should you be serving and when? Let’s run through the essentials…

Welcome Drinks

Served after your ceremony, welcome drinks are your guests’ first experience at your reception. A celebratory glass of prosecco is a popular choice, but more and more couples are opting for something a little different. Pimms is perfect for summer weddings and mulled cider is wonderful during autumn and winter.

Toast Drinks

Toast drinks are for toasting the newlyweds! Offered to guests before the speeches begin, bubbly is the traditional choice.

pimms wedding welcome drinks blue bucket filled with cold bottles of beer
Wine on Table

We recommend half a bottle of wine per person and suggest stocking each table with a choice of red, white and rose.


Cocktails always go down a treat at weddings! You can turn your welcome drinks into a cocktail hour or kick off the mixology just before the dancing starts. Some of the drinks on our cocktail list include mojito, comopolitan, mai tai and pina colada.


At Northside Farm, the provision of the bar is included in your venue hire and we’ll be open and serving drinks an hour before your ceremony until 12 midnight. If there’s something specific you’d like us to stock, all you need to do is let us know.

For an open bar, we normally suggest a budget of £40 per adult. Depending on how much you’d like to spend, there are other alternatives to a cash bar. If you want to host drinks all night, cutting back on options will help you cut back on costs. Beer, wine, and just a couple of sprits like vodka and whiskey will cost less than a full bar. You could also skip spirits and mixers all together and serve a single signature cocktail instead. Otherwise, we’re happy to accommodate an open bar for a limited time or up to a pre-agreed amount.

mulled cider wedding welcome drinks

Non-Alcoholic Drinks

Soft drinks are a must, especially if there are small children and designated drivers among your guests. Delicious elderflower spritz and fresh fruit juice always go down well, but we can also source speciality sodas, mocktails, and lots more! Don’t forget about serving hot drinks like tea, coffee, and hot chocolate too.

What If We Don’t Drink?

Assuming you’re not opposed to alcohol, it’s nice to have a bit of booze available for friends and family who do, even if it’s just beer and wine. If you feel strongly about not serving any alcohol at all, you can definitely skip it. Just don’t let your guests go thirsty!

For more information or to ask any questions about serving alcohol at your weding, please get in touch.