Photo: Tory Williams Photography
Why have an ordinary wedding bar when you can have an extraordinary one? That's our philosophy at least. Whether you're looking to spend the big bucks or only want to allot a small portion of your overall wedding décor budget toward it, we've got more than a few ways to make your wedding bar the center of attention (next to you, the bride, of course!).
1. Add some artwork
Graphics are always a good idea, according to Allison Arrone, wedding producer at Fete NY. "This can really add an element of personalization and fun to any bar." For the artsy couple, she suggests using one of your own personal hand-drawn pieces of artwork to tailor make the bar.
2. Try a different shape
Treat your guests to a real bar (like the ones you go to on a Friday night) experience. As Arrone points out, a rectangular bar allows for service on all four sides and can centralize the energy in the room. "In fact, a new trend at weddings is designating half of the bar for drinks and the other half for small plates, and a rectangular bar allows surface area for both."
3. Incorporate the environment
For winter weddings, Arrone thinks birch tree bark is a nice touch or fresh cut flowers for summer to add a seasonal accent to your bar decor. You could also use freshly cut boxwood hedge to breathe some life into a bare bar space too. "Instead of flowers, place lanterns on top to enhance a garden feel. This is ideal for any spring wedding." We couldn't agree more!
4. Fill it with flowers (like Kanye/Kim style)
Who needs a flower wall when you can have a full-on flower bar? Arrone suggests filling your bar with beautiful orchids for an incredibly chic and sophisticated design. "This bar is an absolutely stunning statement piece." And is bound to be at your wedding too. Of course, any flower (or flowers) that go with your design will work and wow your guests equally so.
5. Chill out with an ice bar
Ice, ice baby! Seriously though, when looking for a way to make your wedding bar truly one-of-a-kind, transform it into an ice bar, offers Arrone. "Guests will be shocked when they feel the bar is actually ice." She recommends drilling holes into the ice to keep the bottles cool throughout the wedding too. Perfect for a winter wonderland theme.