How to Style Your Wedding Bar! | Tips, Ideas and Inspiration
Your bar will be a central hub of activity throughout your wedding celebrations, so why not make it a real statement feature? There are so many opportunities to get creative with your bar styling, from backdrops and glassware to florals and signage. Personally, we LOVE a good bar, and wanted to share our top styling tips and tricks to help you bring the ultimate wedding bar to life.
Keep reading for some of our favourite bar styling ideas and inspiration, along with our practical advice to ensure your bar runs smoothly on the day!
Choose a bar that fits your theme
With so many different bar options out there, which one will best suit your wedding style? Remember, your bar should complement the rest of your wedding furniture, decor and styling elements to create a cohesive and thoughtfully executed space.
The first thing you’ll want to think about is your overall wedding concept and “theme” (check out our top tips for finding your wedding style here to get started!). What kind of colours, textures and materials are you incorporating throughout the other areas of your wedding?
For example, if you’re creating a modern bohemian reception with lots of earthy colours and wild textures, a versatile timber bar would be the perfect fit. Or, if you’re going for a more elegant and sophisticated feel, a bar with marble or gold details could be a better option.
Pro tip: Create a quick mood board that showcases your overall wedding concept to help you find a bar that aligns with this. You can check out our guide to creating a mood board for your wedding right here (or simply ask our team for their suggestions!).
Images via Janneke Storm
Get creative with backdrops and shelving
Including 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 or located outdoors, as it will create a focal point for guests. 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. Plus - backdrops behind bars always make your photos look amazing!
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 vibrant garden party feel, while a wire backdrop could be better suited for a modern luxe or industrial event. You can also customise your backdrop with florals, foliage or signage to complete the look, or make it practical with shelving to display drinks or glassware.
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, you can re-purpose your ceremony arrangements, or opt for foliage and greenery as a more cost-effective alternative.
Depending on your wedding concept, you can also incorporate details like signage, lanterns, bottles of alcohol or even fresh fruits and other accessories to suit your theme. For example, pineapples and coconuts are the perfect complement to a tropical wedding, while clam shells would work beautifully for a modern coastal look. When it comes to accessories, varying heights work best, so don’t worry about your arrangements being perfectly neat or symmetrical.
To ensure your bar is functional for staff, make sure you 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 add another bar or even utilise the floor space. 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, and we’re big believers in beautiful glassware! Decorative glassware can really add to the overall mood and experience of your event. For example, our crystal glassware is perfectly suited for a modern, elegant wedding, 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 glasses by lining them up on your bar ready for service!
Images by Lucas & Co Photography
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 on the day:
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. Or, opt for a larger option like our round white bar.
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 or positioning your bar under leafy trees 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 double check any additional requirements like washing stations, ice, drink tubs, serving platters or other equipment they might need throughout on the day.