How to Keep Drinks Cold at Your Wedding


photo: jenna marie photo

Our latest Ask Emmaline question couldn’t have come at a better time! With spring in full swing and summer right around the corner, bride-to-be Ashlee writes us with this question. “I’m having an outdoor wedding and I want to know how to keep drinks cold. I’m serving wine and would like guests to help themselves. Any tips?” Absolutely — our favorite way to keep drinks cold at wedding receptions is with over-sized galvanized tubs and tons of ice. Whether you’re chilling wine, champagne, beer, or soda bottles, a tub is the way to go — plus, guests can help themselves. Read on to find out more…

How to Keep Drinks Cold at a Wedding

Here’s how to keep drinks cold at your wedding:

• Keep drinks in galvanized tubs of ice in shade (or away from direct sunlight)
• If hiring a bartender, ask him or her to keep an eye on the ice levels and replenish as needed

Also, it’s a good idea to label the tubs if you’re offering a variety of beverages (so guests know what’s what).

You’ll also want to have on hand:

• Plenty of glassware
• Any drink accessories (koozies, beverage napkins, stirrers, etc.)
• Bottle openers, if needed

Be sure to take a peek at these mason jar drinking glasses for added inspiration.


photo: katie neal photo via wedding chicks


photo: jenna marie photo via wedding chicks

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