We're well into wedding season and as themed weddings are big at the moment, we’ve pulled together a wee guide on how to incorporate whisky into your big day. At Reza Wood Designs we make a range of innovative whisky barrel gifts and furniture which are sure to add a bit of individuality to your special moment. Scotland has a lot to be proud of and whisky is one of our most successful products around the world so we’d highly recommend adding a bit of Scottish heritage.
A personal whisky tasting session
If you’re not sure how your guests feel about whisky, this can be a gentle introduction. Set up a whisky tasting area so guests can try a range of drams. You could include your own favourite drams or make it a blind tasting with guests trying each one and voting for their favourite or guessing the distillery or whisky region. Add one of our whisky tasting trays as a display piece, engraved with your names and wedding date to make it even more memorable and we can even customise with your wedding tartan or Harris Tweed. Here's one we created recently with red Harris Tweed inserts and the couple's names and wedding date engraved.
The wedding Toast
If you are having a more traditional wedding and having whisky as your toast, you may wish to use a quaich, a traditional Scottish drinking cup and a symbol of friendship, used to share a dram together. Our quaichs are created from sustainable Scottish hardwoods, each one is individually made and makes a great keepsake of your first toast together as a married couple.
Attention grabbing centre pieces
You can take it from us that there’s nothing better than a nice peaty whisky aroma. So why not go a step further, as well as naming your tables after whisky distilleries you can add whisky barrel tealight holders to each table, we offer a range of sizes but would recommend our heart tealights for a round table or our long stave tealight holders for longer tables for a more intimate or smaller gathering.
Gifts for the wedding party
Continue the theme with whisky barrel personalised gifts for the wedding party or favours. Some of our most popular gifts for weddings are cufflinks, mini tealight holders or our whisky tasting trays. All can be engraved with a personal message like your names and the date of your wedding. For favours we would suggest our whisky barrel keyrings engraved as a permanent reminder of the occasion.
If you are thirsty for more then why not get married and hold your reception at a distillery? There’s so much history to discover at many of Scotland’s distilleries and a whole lot of atmosphere to soak up, not to mention great potential for some unusual wedding photograph backdrops. One of our personal favourites is Annandale Distillery near Dumfries which is available to hire for your ceremony and reception with the opportunity to have photos taken in the still house and even to have your own whisky cask painted!
As it’s World Whisky Day this Saturday 18 May we thought we’d share our recent visit to Toronto’s fabulous Distillery District with you.
Toronto's Whisky Heritage
We were surprised to learn that Toronto was once home to the largest distillery in the world, Gooderham and Worts which started as a mill in 1832 before growing into a distillery in 1837. It remained a distillery until 1990 when the last whisky was finally distilled ending 158 years of industry.
40 buildings across 13 Acres
Toronto’s distillery district as it’s now known lies just to the east of the downtown area, not far from Union station and close to Lake Ontario. In 2003 it was turned into a pedestrianised boutique shopping area and has been beautifully and sympathetically preserved as a great example of Victorian industrial heritage and it was great to stroll around what must have been a pretty awesome place in its day.
All the remaining buildings are original and there are quite a few reminders of the past like this fabulous planer which Ali spotted straight away.
Sake and Whisky
There are lots of lovely independent shops to browse as well as 2 distilleries, a theatre, art galleries, restaurants and a creative hub with lots of creative businesses and studios.
First up, we couldn’t resist trying some sake at Izumi, This little brewery, Ontario’s first Sake distillery was tiny with a mini bar area where we could try a sake flight tray – made from Ontario spring water, each one was absolutely delicious and served in beautiful little sake cups.
After a wander round the complex we headed to the Spirit of York Distillery, a fabulous space, well laid out with the most amazing bar area with surrounded by botanicals. There was even a band playing the day we were there. What more do you want! They produce Canadian Rye whisky as well as vodka and gin and acquavit.
Capture the spirit of World Whisky Day
If you love whisky history, you’ll love this place. We can’t wait to come back and we highly recommend a visit if you’re in Toronto. Don't forget to celebrate World Whisky Day this Saturday 18 May, you'll be in good company! You can find the perfect whisky gift in our online shop