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Looking for ways to make your wedding cocktail hour stand out? Consider a signature cocktail! Not only will this be a memorable detail, it can also help cut costs if you offer wine, beer, and your signature drink instead of a full bar. There are plenty of specialty drinks on the market, so your options are virtually limitless. Serve up you and your fiance's favorite drink, give a nod to your history by offering the first beverage he ever bought for you, or ask your bartender to whip up a libation to match your wedding color palette. Another unique option? Herbal infusions, like cilantro martinis or a lemon mint drink. (You can also add in a fruity flavor to appeal to sweeter palates.) Another great way to cut costs is by purchasing your wedding champagne, wines, and liquors wholesale and creating your own wedding reception bar. (Though you'll probably still want to hire a bartender to serve your guests.) You can find plenty of great wholesale liquor stores in our local resource guide. Even if you decide to stick to a classic drink like a gin and tonic or an Old Fashioned, you can still get creative with how you serve it. Arrange towers of colorful shot glasses on the bar, or hire a fleet of waiters to greet your guests at the cocktail hour, trays of drinks at the ready. And don't forget to set up a shuttle system to get everyone back to their hotels safely -- you can search for wedding transportation in your area here!
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