The Bar. It’s on of the places that most of your guests will visit and spend a considerable amount of time at during your wedding. It’s also one of the areas that I see getting overlooked on a consistent basis.
The bar is one area where a little thought and extra décor can go a long way. It should not only match, but be comfortable for your guests to mingle and hang out around. I’ve listed a few tips below to help guide you through he design process.
Questions to ask yourself or your event designer:
1. What would you like the bar look like? What color is it? What is it made out of?
2. Does the facility have a bar on-site? Will I need to bring my own in?
3. Will it match the rest of the cocktail or reception décor?
4. If the answer to #3 is NO then this is where you’ll want to make some changes!
5. What does the glassware look like?
6. If your venue has it’s own, can you bring in rented glassware?
7. Is there room for additional seating in this area?
Once you’ve determined what you’d like the bard to look like and how it should function, now you’ll want to talk to your venue, caterer or planner. Share with them the details about what you’d like the bar to look like, how you’d like your guests to receive their cocktails.
Adding floras to your bar are an easy way to dress it up instantly. You can do smaller arrangements to sit on the outside ends of the bar or one large statement piece that can sit on the bar back table on a raised column or base.
Ice bars can be a lot of fun and a really dramatic piece of art for your cocktail or reception space. It can be carved into any shape imaginable and lit in an array of colors. We have done custom insert pieces that were frozen into the ice as it was being made!
For outdoor weddings I really like to use solid material bars. Linens on tables tend to blow in the wind and I don’t like the guests seeing everything that gets stored under the bar tables.
Simple things like coordinated bar menus or drink stirs are simple and fun additions if doing some of the larger ideas I have mentioned above.
Yes, bringing in your own bar can be a little more costly and will take a little more logistical planning but it is so worth it!
Photography: Arden Photography, Red Gallery, C Studio