The Apple Cider Bar is a Fall Wedding Staple, Here's How to Upgrade Yours

Take yours to the next level with eight creative tricks

Updated 10/21/19

Photo by Flora + Fauna

Now that fall is in full swing, we’re loving all of the creative ways couples are incorporating autumnal details into their wedding celebrations. One of our favorite fall wedding ideas? Celebrating the season’s bounty of fall fruit by setting up an apple cider bar!

If the forecast calls for cooler temps, help guests warm up by setting up a drink station with mugs and beverage dispensers full of piping hot apple cider. Believe us: Your guests will appreciate such a thoughtful touch. Another idea? Serve up glasses of freshly pressed apple cider at cocktail hour or on the dessert table alongside sugared cider donuts! Read on for more apple-cider bar inspiration, plus eight ways to make this delicious fall trend even more special, below.

Set Up a Self-Serve Station

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Photo by Flora + Fauna 

Welcome guests by setting up an apple cider station at the entrance of your ceremony venue! Since this will be the first thing guests see, we recommend tailoring the design to the rest of your fall wedding décor, as this couple did by setting colorful canisters atop vintage tables for a rustic-chic vibe.

Make "Apple Cups"

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Photo by Joshua & Rachel

Take your apple cider to the next level by serving it an apple itself! Recreate this look by carving out the core of the apple, then adding accompaniments like cinnamon cloves and sticks for a picture-perfect (and tasty!) drink. And, we must mention: There's always the option to spike each drink with bourbon, vodka, or cinnamon schnapps.

Dress Up the Bar

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Photo by Amilia Photography​; Design by Mint Springs Farm

Fall weather can be unpredictable so it's smart to serve both hot and cold apple cider. And since you're already giving guests options, consider giving them a selection of glassware as well! We love how this bar set-up—a vintage furniture rental topped with green goblets, gold wine glasses, and copper mint julep cups—makes for a statement display and allows guests to choose how they want their beverages served.

Garnish Glasses

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Photo by Amilia Photography​; Design by Mint Springs Farm

This is a season about celebrating flavors so ensure your drinks are extra flavorful by adding a selection of fresh garnishes. Apple slices, springs of rosemary, and cinnamon sticks feel like natural choices here—but feel free to set up a "toppings bar" and let guests dress their own glasses themselves.

Share the Recipe

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Photo by Flora + Fauna 

After all the time spent on creating an extra creative display, ensure that your apple cider bar has it's proper "décor moment" by adding special signage. Yours can say something as simple as "Apple Cider Bar," but we also love the idea of sharing the drink recipe—especially if it has special significance!

Provide Sweets

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Photo by Flora + Fauna 

We're always fans of special food-and-drink pairings and sugared apple cider donuts feel like a must-have here.

Decorate With Apples

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Finish your table off with an abundance of apples to really hammer in the theme. Pro tip: You want this look to coordinate with the rest of the day's decor, so get creative by using apples in your color scheme and showcasing them on serving pieces (like this rustic wooden stand!) that feel right for your wedding venue and theme.

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