We all know everyone loves attending a wedding where there is an open bar happening. Literally every alcohol-appreciator's dream, amiright? But what about a Pinterest-perfect open bar that makes you stop dead in your tracks during your mission to get your hands on that glass of wine because you HAVE to snap an iPhone picture first? Are those even real? Um, YES.
Friends, lately I have been noticing some pretty cute beverage bar setups for weddings popping up on Pinterest. And I mean...Pretty. Stinking. Cute. I'm talking mass-texting-your-best-friend-in-the-middle-of-the-night-with-17-consecutive-texts-until-she-answers-you-to-confirm-that-they-are-indeed-cute kind of cute. Trust me on this one. These are copy-worthy wedding bars, for sure.
And because my job is to think of the "whole picture,"...I have taken the liberty of writing out bride and groom profiles to go with each bar setup. Hopefully, describing the types of brides and grooms who would fall in love with each one will help you to get the creative juices flowing on how to incorporate each of these into a real wedding (possibly even your own!).
Keep scrolling to see the bar setups that made my top favorites, and if you want to see more that caught my eye, check out my Pinterest board for cute beverage bars for weddings.
Bar type: Craft beer bar
Bride and groom profile: This self-serve option is perfect for the couple who often finds themselves frequenting local breweries and tasting rooms. They are looking to serve some of their favorite craft beer selections that give their wedding guests a taste (literally) of what they like to do together.
Great for couples who want to keep their wedding feeling casual, yet stylishly personalized.
Bar type: Tented cocktail lounge
Bride and groom profile: Know of a trend-setter couple who is the definition of all things effortlessly elegant and sophisticated? This setup is for them.
The two-toned design creates a focal point that attracts guests to the bar, with the semi-circle shape bar subtly dividing the bar from the rest of the tented reception. Plus, positioning the tall, open shelving behind allows the glassware to be placed on the shelves so the bar-top stays open and clutter-free, leaving the overall design appearing clean and polished.
Bar type: Signature cocktail camper
Bride and groom profile: Brides and grooms who appreciate the art of signature cocktails and who want to create an authentic experience for their guests should look into specialty bartending caterers. Those who appreciate seasonal ingredients and who love unique, intimate, one-of-a-kind experiences will absolutely fall in love with these up-and-coming companies.
This is an especially great option for wedding couples interested in serving distinguished "his and her" drinks.
Bar type: DIY mimosa bar
Bride and groom profile: Mimosa bars are a great option for day-time weddings. Perfect for brides and grooms who are looking to enjoy laid-back, lively festivities with their wedding guests during the day and spend the later parts of their wedding day to themselves.
This mimosa bar setup is also a cute post-wedding brunch idea for those who are definitely a party-late-into-the-night type of couple, but can't resist the adorable create-your-own mimosa bar setup.
Bar type: Rustic chic bar counter
Bride and groom profile: The wood panels instantly transform a classic into the perfect statement piece for a rustic chic wedding. This simple bar counter setup is great for a bride and groom looking for a slightly more upscale backyard wedding celebration.
Dress it up with soft flowing runners and lush greenery or dress it down with minimal decor and solely displaying the drink selections for the reception.
Bar type: Refreshment station
Bride and groom profile: Serving homemade fruit-infused refreshments atop vintage furniture mixes together the comforts of home, perfect for couples wanting to throw a sweet, nostalgic backyard wedding...one that isn't complete without string lights draped between the trees and the bride taking her shoes off to dance barefoot in the lawn!
Bar type: Bold bar counter
Bride and groom profile: This bar's dark stain creates instant elegance, transforming a wooden bar into the perfect statement piece for a more formal wedding reception. Having a low bar counter makes for great photo opportunities if placed in front of a scenic landscape, or in this case, a lush garden backdrop.
This look fits in great for brides and grooms wanting a country club wedding, or another type of wedding venue with well-manicured landscaping, such as winery estates.