By Felicia Zammit-McMann, Wedding Connections of the Hudson Valley
Photographed by Karen Pearson
It’s no secret that the Hudson Valley is a popular area for weddings. I mean, what’s not to love? With the scenery and amazing choice in venues, it’s a couple’s dream wedding destination.
Scenery and venues aside, however, another reason the Hudson Valley is so appealing is the abundant offerings of food and drink options. The bounty in the Hudson Valley has led to a significant increase in breweries, distilleries, wineries and cideries cropping up in recent years. While they’re fun to tour, one of the best ways couples can give their guests a true Hudson Valley experience is by incorporating local wines, beers, ciders and spirits into their wedding menu. There are tons of unique, fun and easy ways to do this.
Bar. Included at many wedding venues is an open bar with top-shelf options available at an additional cost. If a couple is getting married at a venue where they need to provide their own bar, this can obviously be a great expense. No matter what type of venue you end up choosing, try limiting the bar to just wine and beer options, which are usually the most popular drink choices anyway, and showcase Hudson Valley wines, beers, ciders and spirits. You can choose your own favorites and truly give your guests an immersive experience for all the senses. For an extra dose of fun, try purchasing a beer keg of your favorite local brew.
Cocktail hour, main course and dessert. Hudson Valley alcoholic beverages don’t always have to be ordered from the bar to be enjoyed. They can be used throughout your reception, from cocktail hour to dessert. For cocktail hour, how about pairing a small flight of your favorite drink with mini sliders or any of your other appetizers? For your main meal, pair your options with Hudson Valley wines, or work with your caterer to see about using local beer or wine in the meal itself, perhaps in a wonderful tomato or BBQ sauce. For desserts, you can create a spiked hot chocolate or a warm spiked cider to give your guests a surprise treat. Perhaps even create a signature dessert infused with local spirits.
Celebratory toast. Instead of champagne, which is expensive and which many guests don’t really drink, try substituting it with a dry hard apple cider, which has the same mouth but with a crisp apple taste at the end. Mead is another great option, with an amazing history—it’s considered to have first been fermented over 10,000 years ago! This honey-based alcohol is gaining quite a presence as a prominent Hudson Valley drink option. Lastly, you can work with your favorite winery or brewery to create your own custom blend that guests can toast with.
Are you incorporating any Hudson Valley wines, beers, ciders or spirits in your wedding? Send us an email and let us know at Felicia@weddingconnectionshv.com. █