The Best Wedding Registry Items to Build Your Home Bar

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When it comes to your wedding registry, you'll enter a world of housewares you (probably) never knew existed, let alone the lengthy list of items you never knew you needed. For the cocktail-loving couple, shopping for bar items can be super exciting — and a bit overwhelming! Check out our guide to the best bar items so that happy hour can be any hour.

Wedding Registry Bar Carts

Photo: Courtesy of Pottery Barn; Restoration Hardware

Bar Carts & Cabinets
Practical + trendy, what more could you want? Nearly every housewares store sells bar carts now, an homage to the retro staple. Not only are they chic, but they're a decorative way to display and store all the items needed to create a cocktail-friendly home. Consider your décor as you choose between metals, wood, wrought iron or glass and choose a versatile piece that appeals to your personal style. Pottery Barn's Big Daddy's Antiques Bar Console features six mirrored shelves and an antique bras finish, making it a perfect piece for any modern living room. Restoration Hardware also offers an array of bar carts ranging from ultra modern to retro-chic including the industrial Vintage French Factory Bar Cart, modeled after an early-20th century French factory steel desk. Bar console, $599, Big Daddy's Antiques available at Potter Barn; "French Factory" bar cart, $1,295, Restoration Hardware


Photo: Courtesy of Riedel

Okay, here's where it can get a bit tricky. Champagne glasses, red wine glasses, white wine glasses, old fashioned glasses, shot glasses, highball glasses, martini glasses — it seems to never end. Before you end up with 100s of drink vessels, we recommend assessing your favorite beverages, and lifestyle (pretty much whether or not you have or want to have cocktail parties frequently, and how many people you typically accommodate when you do). When in doubt, the magic number is eight. Choose your favorite glassware designer, and focus on classic designs to have a fully loaded bar unique and purposeful to you as a couple. For the classic couple, you can never go wrong with Riedel. Assorted wine glasses, prices vary, Riedel

Wedding Registry Bar Accessories

Photo: Courtesy of Crate & Barrel

Bar Basics
There are a few basic items you'll need to help you craft and serve your cocktails. Aside from the obvious (corkscrews, wine toppers and ice cube trays) consider registering for practical storage solutions too, such as Crate & Barrel's Wine-Stem Rack or the Cuisinart Electric Wine Cellar. For accessories that wow, the Vinturi Red Wine Aerator is a must have for winos, and chic beverage tubs such as CB2's stainless steel tub with a shiny mirror finish brings new meaning to the term "open bar." Wine-stem rack, $49.95, Crate & Barrel; 8-bottle wine cooler, $159, Cuisinart available at Crate & Barrel; Red wine aerator, $29.95, Vinturi available at Crate & Barrel; Beverage tub, $69.95, CB2

Wedding Registry Beverage Dispensers

Photo: Courtesy of Bed, Bath & Beyond; Target

Presentation is everything. Sangrias, punches, and other batch-created beverages are all so delicious (and pretty to boot) they deserve to be displayed and dispensed in something more than red plastic cups or Tupperware pitchers. Have some fun with your registry with crafty yet useful beverage dispensers to add some flare and fun to your next gathering such as the Home Essentials & Beyond Del Sol "Quality" Chalkboard Panel Mason beverage Dispenser, which has an adorable chalkboard panel to label your offerings, or Target's sleek Beverage Dispenser with Infuser that allows you to store and serve your concoctions while infusing fresh fruits, herbs and more. Mason beverage dispenser with chalkboard panel, $29.99, Bed, Bath, & Beyond; Beverage dispenser with infuser, $23.99, Target

See More: How to Decorate a New Home on a Tight Budget

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