4 Wedding Cocktail Bar Tips And 25 Ideas

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A wedding cocktail bar was a hot trend a couple of years ago and now it’s almost classics, we see many bars at large weddings. Besides, there’s a cocktail hour at many weddings, too, so a bar space is a must. Need some ideas and advice to organize a wedding bar of your dreams and amuse your guests as much as possible? Let’s start.

Décor

Stick to your wedding theme and style at your bar, especially if it’s not far from the reception. Keep the music a bit down to let people talk at ease and create mellow vibes. Don’t forget of decor itself: natural foliage and blooms, centerpieces and marquee lights, signage and banners will make your bar space awesome. Add a personalized touch to the bar: monogrammed napkins or barware can help you with that.

a sweet backyard cocktail bar decorated with a greenery garland and spruced up with colorful glasses

a sweet backyard cocktail bar decorated with a greenery garland and spruced up with colorful glasses

a wedding cocktail bar decorated with super bold florals that are used for wedding decor

a wedding cocktail bar decorated with super bold florals that are used for wedding decor

a rustic wedding cocktial bar decorated with little floral centerpieces and a large vases arrangement

a rustic wedding cocktial bar decorated with little floral centerpieces and a large vases arrangement

an ultra-modern wedding cocktail bar with an acrylic calligraphy sign, blooms and pink letters

an ultra-modern wedding cocktail bar with an acrylic calligraphy sign, blooms and pink letters

add marquee lights of your choice to spruce up the wedding bar decor

add marquee lights of your choice to spruce up the wedding bar decor

large marquee letters, gilded touches and globes for a tropical travel-themed wedding

large marquee letters, gilded touches and globes for a tropical travel-themed wedding

mark the wedding bar with neon names or monograms for a bold look and a personalized touch

mark the wedding bar with neon names or monograms for a bold look and a personalized touch

personalized bar napkins with your monograms and a wedding date

personalized bar napkins with your monograms and a wedding date

personalized monogrammed glasses will make your bar station more special

personalized monogrammed glasses will make your bar station more special

Knockout Signature Cocktails

Match your signature cocktail to your color scheme, reflect your personalities: take a favorite cocktail of one of yours, choose the cocktails that reflect your origin or remind of hometowns. Maybe your go-to sip is whiskey lemonade, while your fiancé’s is gin and tonic. Feature both cocktails on the menu and give them creative names to reflect your personalities. Highlight your cocktails with some beautiful glasses that fit your wedding style and add stirrers as personilizing touches.

boozy chocolate Christmas gingerbread cocktail with a candy cane and marshmallows

boozy chocolate Christmas gingerbread cocktail with a candy cane and marshmallows

fig and thyme rum cocktail is a great idea for a late summer or a fall wedding

fig and thyme rum cocktail is a great idea for a late summer or a fall wedding

bruleed grapefruit gin fizz is a refreshing idea, especially if you add lime

bruleed grapefruit gin fizz is a refreshing idea, especially if you add lime

white peach margaritas are great for summer and you may add toppers with leaves and blooms

white peach margaritas are great for summer and you may add toppers with leaves and blooms

raspberry mojitos are great for summer weddings and are sure to refresh your guests

raspberry mojitos are great for summer weddings and are sure to refresh your guests

winter siganture cocktails with an ombre effect, thyme in glasses with a glitter edge

winter siganture cocktails with an ombre effect, thyme in glasses with a glitter edge

signature fall cocktails with apples and cinnamon served in copper mugs

signature fall cocktails with apples and cinnamon served in copper mugs

grapefruit and mint mojitos are cool and refreshign drinks for summer and spring

grapefruit and mint mojitos are cool and refreshign drinks for summer and spring

Nonalcoholic Options

Make sure you’ve got a few drink selections for non-drinkers, especially if it’s an outdoor summer wedding, and don’t forget about kids if they are invited. For hotter months, try water infused with cucumber, melon and mint—with lots of ice. During cooler months, serve something cozy and seasonal, like hot apple cider with cinnamon sticks. Work with your caterer or mixologist to come up with something inventive like a mix of grapefruit and orange juices, or a little coconut milk and a small scoop of orange sherbet on top.

fresh strawberry and herb cocktails are those who don't want any alcohol

fresh strawberry and herb cocktails are those who don't want any alcohol

a Coca Cola cocktail topped with cherries as a cool nonalcoholic alternative

a Coca Cola cocktail topped with cherries as a cool nonalcoholic alternative

honey lavender summer cocktails with citrus is a cool summer or spring idea

honey lavender summer cocktails with citrus is a cool summer or spring idea

Delicious Bites

Serve something slightly salty, sweet, bitter and savory, or provide several dishes to complement to your signature cocktails. Don’t forget to ask about any special diets or allergies ahead of time to ensure everyone has something to enjoy (and so anyone with allergies knows what to steer clear of). Offer some seasonal appetizers and you can also forgo typical utensils entirely by offering all bites on edible spoons or in mini crispy cones.

fresh watermelon pieces are a great treat for a summer wedding and everyone will love them

fresh watermelon pieces are a great treat for a summer wedding and everyone will love them

chicken and waffles bites with greenery are a cool bite idea for many weddings

chicken and waffles bites with greenery are a cool bite idea for many weddings

rosemary pineapple mozzarella bites are perfect one bite appetizers and many guests willlove this combo

rosemary pineapple mozzarella bites are perfect one bite appetizers and many guests willlove this combo

meat balls with herbs are always a great idea for any wedding with any style and theme

meat balls with herbs are always a great idea for any wedding with any style and theme

mozzarella and watermelon bites sprinkled with sesame seeds and with sauce

mozzarella and watermelon bites sprinkled with sesame seeds and with sauce