Creative Ways to Drink (and Eat!) Rosé at Your Summer Wedding
If you're celebrating your nuptials during the warmer months, you probably have rosé on your cocktail hour and reception wine list. The pink varietal is, after all, the signature drink of summer. Here's the thing: Just about every summer wedding involves rosé, which might make you feel like your chances for personalizing this big-day detail are slim. But we have good news for couples searching for a way to make their rosé-centric wine menu stand out. As you're about to discover, there are plenty of ways to put a fresh spin on this go-to summer sip.
The best part? The majority of these unique methods, which we've curated in the slides ahead, are incredibly simple to recreate; you can achieve nearly half on your own, no planner, bartender, or last-minute bridesmaid DIY project necessary. From topping your ice-cold rosé with unexpected garnishes, like fresh petals, edible flowers, and cotton candy puffs, to using the wine as the base for your signature cocktail (rosé pairs well with vodka and gin!), reclaiming this popular drink as your own is about as easy as it gets. Another quick, but surefire way to surprise your guests with rosé? Offer it in frozen form. Consider renting a frosé machine and encourage guests to serve themselves—or use fun molds to create rosé popsicles (and add lemonade for a touch of sweetness!).
Whether you decide to cascade a brut rosé over a sky-high Champagne tower or send guests home with full bottles of your favorite label, there's one thing that's clear: During this summer's wedding season, everything's coming up rosé in a brand-new way.
A glass of rosé is pretty all on its own—so pretty, in fact, that the blush-pink color has inspired many a big-day palette. Play up the wine's color with a few tonal edible flowers, like Sparkle & Shine Events did here; the pros added in edible peach-and-pink blooms from Bramble & Bee, which signified both ends of this salmon-hued varietal's colorway.
Ice Pop Add-Ons
If we had to name the best summer wedding favor, we'd probably choose rosé, which is exactly why these pretty bottles, courtesy of Four Things Paper, are worth a bookmark. While these iterations helped the bride "propose" to her bridesmaids before the main event, the overarching idea works just as well for day-of favors. Simply round up your favorite varietals—and then enlist your calligrapher to peel off the labels and fill the glass with wedding-related phrases. Or, better yet, something simple, but poignant: "Thank you for coming!"
Here's a fun way to elevate your big-day rosé: Dromoland Castle upgraded classic coupes of the pink drink by adding ribbons that spoke to the couple's color palette to the stems.
Floral Ice Cubes
Cotton Candy Cocktails
Believe it or not, rosé works well as a cocktail base—something your big-day bartender likely already knows. Flag the wine as a must-have ingredient when curating your signature drinks. Add in refreshing juices, additional spirits (like vodka or gin!), and garnishes (how cute are the cotton candy toppers in these Snake Oil Cocktail Co. sips?) for personal flair.
Escort Card Scrolls
Treat your guests to a glass of sparkling rosé as soon as they enter your reception space via a boozy escort card. At this event, Grit & Grace looped tiny scrolls emblazoned with each attendee's name and seating assignment around freshly-filled flutes; they encouraged celebrants to sip as they searched for their dinner tables.
At Each Setting
Alternatively, welcome guests to their seats with a chilled glass of pink bubbly—they'll be grateful to have something to sip on as they settle in and begin to mingle with their tablemates. Note how these flutes, courtesy of The Cocktail Service, blended in with the rest of the pink-themed tablescape, which was styled by The Stars Inside and Kayleigh Keen.
Put the "rose" in rosé by floating individual petals in each glass, like White Eden Weddings did at this event.
Frozen Rosé Lemonade
Take your guests back to their childhoods by serving rosé in frozen popsicle form, à la these Something Turquoise iterations. Add another dose of nostalgia to the refreshing treats by combing the wine with lemonade (remember all those lemonade stands?) and Triple Sec (for a touch of sweetness) before freezing.
Speak to the floral notes in your rosé-based cocktail by garnishing your concoction—this one was created by Paula LeDuc Fine Catering—with a dainty edible flower.
Looking for rosé cocktail ideas that are perfect for summer? You've found it in this flavorful sip, featuring in-season peaches and lemons, by Posh Little Designs.
While we're all for adding popsicles to glasses of rosé, we prefer options that don't detract from the wine's natural color. Opting for a frozen garnish that's the exact same shade as your pink drink—like this strawberry-flavored one by Simply J&K—won't mask the wine's pretty shade as it melts.
Rosé may be a longstanding summer favorite, but frosé—as in frozen rosé, which is occasionally infused with other spirits (like vodka) and Triple Sec for sweetness—is the contemporary way to drink your go-to varietal. Create an interactive station for guests by serving it in a slushie machine (your attendees will love serving themselves!).
Rosé Champagne Tower
Know what's better than a Champagne tower? A rosé Champagne tower. With the help of Lauryn Prattes Styling and Events, this couple popped a few bottles of their favorite pink bubbly before pouring the foamy wine over a small stack of coupes.
Welcome Box Rosé
The defining part of this perfectly-curated welcome box was the central mini bottle of rosé. Make like Stacey Shapiro and add on a label that references the rest of the box's goodies; the navy calligraphed "Cheers to Happy Years!" tag referenced the one wrapped around a chocolate bar.
Frozen Rosé Champagne Shots
We've never seen anything quite like these frozen rosé Champagne shooters. EKS Events presented these in an acrylic tray and crumbled dried edible flowers over the sips for an added touch of whimsy.
Cotton Candy Garnish
Mini Bottles to Go
Gift your guests their favors at the beginning of your party by repurposing their take-home presents as escort cards. This couple treated their attendees to mini bottles of rosé, which were tied with tags describing each celebrant's dinner assignment.
A Floral Array
Use edible flowers to nod to your rosé cocktails' floral composition—these unique drinks were crafted from pink wine and St-Germain, an elderflower liqueur.
Pops and Ice Cubes
This fun "drink" station features two of our favorite things: frozen rosé pops and floral ice cubes.