In the past few months, Mr. R and I have been tossing around ideas about the bar at our wedding. Since we have a definite location, no corkage fee, and our DOC has a great (and super inexpensive) bartender that she often works with, cost isn’t as much of an issue as we thought it would be, fortunately, so I just assumed we’d have an open bar.



That was until I discovered how many different types of alcohol and mixers make up a full bar.

Mind you, we’re only inviting about 40 people to the wedding, so a full bar seemed like serious overkill. What would we do with all the leftovers!? The Mister and I like to have a few drinks every now and then, but we’re not what you’d call “drinkers”. Then I stumbled upon the “signature drink” craze, complete with cheesy names and all. I loved the idea, and Mr. R did too. We decided to have 3 signature drinks:



My favorite drink, Sex on the Beach, renamed the “Blushing Bride”



Mr. R’s favorite, a White Russian, renamed “White Wedding”



and Electric Lemonade that we’d call our “Something Blue”

And then we realized that no one would want to drink a cream-based drink at an all outdoor wedding in late spring in Florida. Can you say “pass the Pepto” five times fast? I decided that it wasn’t fair to have signature drinks if the future hubby wouldn’t be able to have his signature drink, too! At this point, I wasn’t sure what to do, so I did what any stressed out bride-to-be does: I hit the ‘bee, and I hit the ‘bee hard. I searched “signature drinks”, “drinks”, and “alcohol”, still nothing really called out to me. As a last resort, I hung my head and started typing “drunk”. Yes, I was that desperate. But the word “drunk” suddenly made me think of the movie “Punch Drunk Love” (I know, it’s hyphenated on the poster, but word on the street is that hyphens are becoming obsolete. And I so didn’t mean to rhyme, promise!).



Why hadn’t I thought of that earlier?! Punch, Punch, PUNCH was the answer to my prayers! I searched “punch” and what did I see? A post titled Punch (Drunk) Love a la Mrs. Taffy. It was just too perfect. Great (or in my case, desperate) minds think alike, I suppose! Her post had all these gorgeous photos of punch, and this one hit me like a ton of bricks:



Isn’t it pretty? Yes, you can “ohh and ahh”, I sure did.

Did your inspiration desperation ever lead you to an amazing—yet unexpected—find?


Mrs. Rainbow

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    jmc 882 posts, Busy bee @ 2:04 pm

    Wow, that is a journey! We’re having beer and wine and a signature drink, which is nothing fancy but totally delicious: bourbon and ginger ale.

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    jmc 882 posts, Busy bee @ 2:04 pm

    Blame it on the.. ah ah ah ah ah ah-cohol! (Sorry, just got that.)

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    scissors 7343 posts, Busy Beekeeper @ 2:04 pm

    Punch is the answer to a lot of alcohol woes! We’re doing beer, wine, champagne, and perhaps, drumroll please… HUNCH PUNCH. (Aka jungle juice, swine swig, etc).

    This is also a black-tie affair. :p

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    jmc 882 posts, Busy bee @ 2:05 pm

    Oh, right — and champagne. Sorry, don’t mean to hijack the comments here.

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    pvaulter718 2116 posts, Buzzing bee @ 2:08 pm

    Awe, I loved the blushing bride :) Great drink name! Can’t wait to see what great containers you find to hold all of your punch!

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    thefuturemrsjewell 1829 posts, Buzzing bee @ 2:11 pm

    sounds great. We haven’t figured out what we’re doing yet… definitely wine, champs & beer & probably a signature cocktail or two!!!

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    fromcharleston 651 posts, Busy bee @ 2:33 pm

    good idea!! you could also have a limited bar with the basics in addition to beer, wine, and signature drinks. keep the basics on hand (vodka, scotch, gin, tequila, whiskey, bourbon, and rum) and the basic mixers (orange juice, cranberry juice, lemons, limes, tonic, coke, etc.).

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    spaniel 6778 posts, Busy Beekeeper @ 2:39 pm

    Nice! I think you can do a “full” bar and just have it be… less than full. 😉 We’re considering a martini bar (just vodka, gin and vermouth w/ most common mixers) and it’s a heck of a lot easier than supplying alcohol for every drink out there! But I love the punch idea… it’s actually a great way to complement your decor as well!

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    taffy 3081 posts, Sugar bee @ 2:43 pm

    I am so glad that my post was helpful! :) We ended up providing two punches: Champagne punch (which we also used for the toast) and a non alcoholic citrus punch with floating blueberries. The non alcoholic punch was a life saver for me later in the night to stay hydrated! All of our non drinking and pregnant guests also loved it.

    We did end up offering beer wine and cocktails on top of the punch, but it was very popular and did help our budget! :)

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    moonbeam 1711 posts, Bumble bee @ 3:10 pm

    Mmm, punch, what a great idea. And pretty ladles and containers could be involved.

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    Bellini 713 posts, Busy bee @ 5:02 pm

    oh how perfect! mmm i could go for some of that delicous looking berry punch at the end

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    pmerr 2728 posts, Sugar bee @ 5:12 pm

    That looks so nice! As of right now we’ll be doing beer pop & wine. I would like a signature drink, but unsure if that will cost more, or if we could do it. We’ll have to go back & see in a few months!

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    KMSull 6442 posts, Bee Keeper @ 10:59 pm

    That table is beautiful! I have no idea what we’re doing, but hopefully a specialty bar somewhere!

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    Mrs. Mouse 5768 posts, Bee Keeper @ 11:35 pm

    The punch inspiration is gorgeous. (Punch Drunk Love is such a good movie!!)

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    Winterbride2010 47 posts, Newbee @ 11:02 am

    Any chance you’d be willing to share the name of your DOC’s favorite bartender for us tampa brides?
    Thanks if you can!!!

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    alishaneva 2152 posts, Buzzing bee @ 12:04 pm

    That picture is awesome – punch is a great idea – you just can’t go wrong with it!

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    tea 2414 posts, Buzzing bee @ 12:27 am

    i love the punch idea. we don’t really drink so punch is right up our alley!

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    frenchfries 2168 posts, Buzzing bee @ 9:56 am

    Punch is a great idea!!! And that inspiration photo…wow.

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    msgiraffe 4248 posts, Honey bee @ 1:01 pm

    I love that photo!

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    cola 2827 posts, Sugar bee @ 4:01 pm

    Mmmmm, punch! Great idea!

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    Punched in the Mouth | Weddingbee, Guest @ 10:50 am

    […] bite mark, sure, but no busted lips. No, this post is about our punch bar that I mentioned here, waaay back […]

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