The bar would have to be one of our favourite elements of any wedding! Being a central hub of activity and focal point throughout your wedding celebrations, there are so many opportunities to get creative with bar styling and make it a real feature your guests will remember.
We’ve come a long way since trestle tables covered in white cloth - these days we’re seeing modern bar areas being created with unique backdrops, decor and statement arrangements for a more bespoke and personalised look.
Today on the blog, we wanted to share our top bar styling tips and tricks to help you create a truly epic wedding bar for your own celebration. Keep reading for some wedding bar styling ideas and inspiration to get you started, along with some practical considerations to ensure your service bar runs smoothly on the day!
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Choose a bar that fits your theme
Have you already decided on the overall look and feel of your wedding? This is something you’ll want to think about first, to help you choose a bar that fits your theme. You can check out our top tips for defining your wedding style on the blog for some guidance.
Think about the kind of colours and materials that are already making an appearance throughout your wedding styling, and keep this in mind when choosing your service bar.
For example, if you’re creating an earthy, organic reception with lots of green, white and timber tones, you might opt for something like our white VJ timber bar to suit. Or, for a more elegant and sophisticated event, our gold regal bar or herringbone marble bar might be a better fit.
Your service bar should also complement any other furniture items you’ve chosen that will be used in the same space, such as cocktail seating. You might want to create a quick mood board or Pinterest board with your chosen pieces to help you choose the right bar style to fit in with your existing decor!
Get creative with a backdrop
Using a backdrop behind your bar can really help to define and frame the space. This can be a good idea if your venue is quite large, as it will help make your bar a focal point for guests (and also look amazing in photos!).
When choosing a bar backdrop, think back again to the overall theme of your styling. For example, a green wall backdrop with picket fencing can create a real garden party feel, while a wire backdrop could be better suited for a modern luxe event. You can also customise your backdrop with florals, foliage or signage to complete the look, or make it a practical backdrop with shelving to display drinks or glassware.
For indoor venues, a bar backdrop can also help to hide things like powerpoints, curtains or other permanent room details that might look out of place behind your chosen bar position.
Go big with bar arrangements
Add some drama to your bar and elevate the overall look with oversized bar arrangements!
If you don’t have the budget for additional flowers, opt for foliage and greenery as a more cost-effective alternative to add height and interest to your bar setting. You can also incorporate details like signage, lanterns, bottles of alcohol or even fresh fruits, coconuts or other accessories to suit your theme and drinks menu. Varying heights work best, so don’t worry about your arrangements being perfectly neat or symmetrical.
To ensure your bar is functional for staff, keep the middle of your bar clear for service, and position your arrangements off to the sides. If your bar surface area is limited, you can also utilise the floor space beside your bar. Clusters of potted plants work perfectly to frame your bar from either side!
Make a statement with decorative glassware
It’s all in the details, so why not make a statement with decorative glassware for your bar?
Beautiful glassware can really add to the mood and experience of your event. For example, our crystal glassware is perfectly suited for a modern, elegant event, while our coloured glassware works well for an eclectic, boho-inspired celebration.
If you don’t want to go all out with glassware, you can even choose a statement glass for just one element of your day such as a signature cocktail, whisky bar or champagne on arrival. Make sure you also show off your glasswes by lining them up on your bar ready for service!
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Keep it practical
Along with making your bar look beautiful, it should also be practical and functional, too! Here are some of our top tips to ensure your bar service runs smoothly:
- We always recommend at least 2 bars for guest numbers over 80 to provide a comfortable amount of room for both guests and service staff. Our bars can be pushed together to create one long or u-shaped bar. We also have a new round bar which is the perfect size for large-scale events!
- Make sure your bar has ample storage space for things like glassware, alcohol bottles, garnishes, rubbish and anything else you don’t want visibly displayed on the surface. All of our bars come complete with hidden shelving at the back.
If your bar is going to be outside in the sun, it’s important to consider shade and cover for your bar staff. Consider organising a couple of market umbrellas to ensure your service staff will be comfortable for the duration of your event.
You should also speak with your caterer, venue or bar service staff to check their requirements for things like washing stations, ice, drink tubs, serving platters or any other equipment they might need on the day.
Browse our bars
We are constantly updating our hire range with new service bar styles to suit any event. You can check out some of our favourite service bars below, view our full range of service bars online, or get in touch with our team for a copy of our latest hire catalogue!