There's nothing wrong with enjoying a boozy beverage (or two) on your wedding day. But since most brides want to calm their nerves without getting a strong buzz, some types of alcohol are better than others. We've talked to a mixologist to determine what, exactly, a bride should drink at her wedding reception.
Go for champagne-based drinks.
According to Lisa McCracken and Muriel Altikriti of Movers & Shakers, a mobile bartending service in New Orleans, light aperitifs like an Aperol spritz (aperol and prosecco topped with seltzer) are good choices for enjoying alcohol without getting a strong buzz. They also recommend champagne-based cocktails (like St-Germain and champagne, white sangria, and wine spritzers) since bubbly beverages have a lower alcohol content.
Keep it light.
Dark liquors like whisky, bourbon, dark rum, and brandy have a higher concentration of "congeners" (traces of chemicals), which leads to worse hangovers. Unless you want to nurse a headache during your morning-after brunch, it's best to stick with lighter liquors like vodka, gin, and tequila instead.
Choose white wine.
Do you prefer wine? Sipping a glass of pinot grigio, sauvignon blanc, or chardonnay is your best bet, since white wine spills are easier to conceal on a wedding dress, McCracken and Altikriti say. What's more, red wines like cabernet sauvignon, merlot, and pinot noir usually have a higher alcohol content, which may cause brides to feel a buzz faster.
Avoid beer and club soda.
Many women find that beer may causes bloating, but did you know that club soda can do the same because of its high sodium content? McCracken and Altikriti recommend avoiding both beer and cocktails mixed with club soda in order to feel your best.
No matter what you drink, stay hydrated and eat often.
If your favorite drink didn't make this expert-approved list, don't worry: It's your day, and you should drink what you like. Whether you're having a flute of champagne or your favorite glass of red, there are steps any bride can take to stay alert throughout her wedding. According to McCracken and Altikriti, "Eating small bites throughout the wedding will help ward off drunkenness, and as with every drinking event, hydration is the ultimate key!"