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How to Keep Drinks Cold at Your Wedding

by Emma Arendoski

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.

How to Keep Drinks Cold at a Wedding



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

• Pre-chill your drinks, if possible; cold drinks stay colder for longer periods of time
• Keep drinks in galvanized tubs of ice in shade (or away from direct sunlight); add drinks first, then ice as cold air moves downward
• 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).


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You’ll also want to have on hand:

• Plenty of glassware
• Any drink accessories (can coolers, beverage napkins, stirrers, etc.)
• Bottle openers, if needed (and a catcher for bottle tops, if having beer or soda in bottles)

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

Hope it helps!

xo
Emma

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Erica Geeting April 29, 2014 - 9:38 pm

LOVE the rustic twig wreath :)

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rebeecca g April 29, 2014 - 8:57 pm

I like the bride hanger.

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Jackie C. April 29, 2014 - 7:44 pm

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Hannah S April 29, 2014 - 1:47 pm

I pick the twine wreath today :)

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Kaylene April 29, 2014 - 11:10 am

I basically love everything in this shop! Today I’ll pick the bicycle bride wooden hangers. So cute.

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Natalie C April 29, 2014 - 10:33 am

I also like their wooden bride hanger

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manda April 29, 2014 - 9:46 am

Love the vintage candy dish.

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Angela B April 28, 2014 - 11:18 pm

I love the Rustic Twig Wedding Wreath!! So beautiful.

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Hannah S April 28, 2014 - 3:30 pm

The blue tinted mason jars are very vintage maybe even for a nautical theme

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Carina April 28, 2014 - 2:20 pm

The wooden bride hanger is beautiful!

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Em Mahr April 28, 2014 - 2:19 pm

I like the Mr and Mrs Sign Brown Kraft Paper Banner Bunting

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Kaylene April 28, 2014 - 1:27 pm

I love the Mr. & Mrs. sparkly chair signs!

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Natalie C April 27, 2014 - 11:08 pm

I also like their wooden bride hanger

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Natalie C April 27, 2014 - 10:28 am

I also like their wooden bride hanger

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rebeecca g April 26, 2014 - 7:28 pm

Rustic Love Bird Cake Topper- so cute.

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Hannah S April 26, 2014 - 6:04 pm

The rustic twig wedding wreath would be great to hang on a barn door

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Natalie C April 26, 2014 - 3:13 pm

I also like their wooden bride hanger

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Andrea C. April 25, 2014 - 9:22 pm

I might actually use this to hold dancing flip-flops instead of cold drinks, lol :P

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Kaylene April 25, 2014 - 6:30 pm

We are having yard games at our wedding and these signs would be so cute! http://www.etsy.com/listing/167630252/wedding-yard-game-signs-white-cornhole?ref=shop_home_active_2

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Hannah S April 25, 2014 - 2:39 pm

Rustic berry twine is simple, but can add a great touch!

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Em Mahr April 25, 2014 - 1:09 pm

I like the Retro Bicycle Bride Wedding Dress Hanger Personalized

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Natalie C April 25, 2014 - 11:59 am

I also like their wooden bride hanger

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angie April 24, 2014 - 11:24 pm

I love the Modern Love cake topper!

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Meghan V April 24, 2014 - 9:21 pm

I’m kind of loving the Marquee Letter in Galvanized Metal :)

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Leah Warner April 24, 2014 - 4:46 pm

Love the yard game signs too!

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Kaylene April 24, 2014 - 1:56 pm

The modern love cake topper is adorable!

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Rustic Metal LOVE Letters- Faux Galvanized Metal is my favorite.

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Kelly H. April 23, 2014 - 7:38 pm

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Sandy April 23, 2014 - 6:36 pm

This is exactly what I want to do for my wedding!

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Monica April 23, 2014 - 6:14 pm

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Natalie C April 23, 2014 - 5:25 pm

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Leah Warner April 23, 2014 - 1:25 pm

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Hannah S April 23, 2014 - 12:58 pm

Super fun for a rustic wedding! and great way to style up a drink station!

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Carina April 23, 2014 - 12:50 pm

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Stephanie Jo April 23, 2014 - 12:10 pm

This post makes me all kinds of happy! I love outdoor weddings and summer cookouts! Great post! ♡

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