No big day is complete until you add whiskey to your wedding. If you want to have the water of life as an integral part of your wedding, consider these three options.
1. As a wedding party gift
You don’t have to wait for the wedding, or even the rehearsal dinner for this one. If you know who your wedding party is going to be and you can’t wait to tell them, do it with whiskey. Include a travel-sized bottle in your, “Will you be my ________?” letter. Or, if your friends are all local, invite them over for a night of board games. When the time comes to pop the question, pop a bottle of Laphroaig Cairdeas and seal the deal.
If you do want to wait until the wedding though, make it something special. A bottle of Lagavulin 8-year and a flask make a perfect rehearsal dinner gift for your Best Man or Maid of Honor. And you’ll know exactly who to turn to when you need a nip during the big day.
2. In a signature cocktail
One good way to shrink the open bar bill a little is to have a signature cocktail– one for you and your partner. By serving this instead of top-shelf liquors, your guests can try something exciting, and you don’t have to shell out the big bucks.
Including whiskey in your signature cocktail will be the icing on the proverbial cake. Whiskey in a cocktail? Say it isn’t so! Old Fashioneds, Manhattens, and Whiskey Sours are always crowd-pleasers, and easy to make. But head to your favorite local whiskey bar and talk to the bartender there for some more out-there ideas, and come up with something all your own.
3. In the ceremony
We’ve already covered this in detail in another article (shameless plug!) but we’re still so in love with the idea of a whiskey mixing ceremony. Check it out here.
4. In your cake
Yes– you can have your whiskey and eat it, too. There are tons of recipes out there for whiskey cakes. If it’s that important that your love for your favorite liquor extend to the far reaches of your wedding, make sure your baker knows. Personally, we’re big fans of this Old-Fashioned Whiskey Cake since it pairs so well with an Old Fashioned.
5. As a party favor
Every wedding needs a favor of some kind. A way to say, “Thanks for coming– and oh yeah! Thanks for that kickass gift you’ve totally brought us!” Travel-sized bottles can be bought wholesale for a steal. Or, if you’d like them to remember the occasion forever more, an engraved whiskey glass will likely stay on their bar or in their china cabinet for time immemorial. Include your names, the date of the wedding, and a cute and quirky quote, and your guests will be proud of show it off.