No matter what kind of libations you and your groom are planning on serving at your wedding, there are plenty of options for having a bar or two. No, we don’t mean your traditional open bar or offering a special drink menu at your wedding. Those are both good options, but the “bar” has been risen by creative couples who are looking for something a little different for their wedding. So move over, custom cocktails and craft beers, new bar offerings have come on to the wedding scene! Here are some fun ideas to bring a different kind of bar concept to your wedding reception:
Serve a scoop of classic smashed red potatoes in a martini glass and let your guests customize it with their favorite toppings. For a southwestern feel, you can offer jalapeños, shredded cheese, salsa, and sour cream. For a more upscale touch, try sautéed onions, grilled mushrooms, pesto, and artichokes. And traditional toppings like crumbled bacon, scallions, and butter are sure to please.
Few people can deny the warm, toasty goodness of a delicious breakfast waffle. Maybe you and your groom are morning people, or your favorite meal of the day is breakfast–whatever the reason for wanting to plan your wedding for earlier in the day, a waffle bar is a welcome, unexpected addition to the festivities that will make your guests smile! And, on the other end of the spectrum, if you’re planning on partying late into the night, how much fun would it be to surprise guests with a midnight waffle bar to fuel the dancing party?
Why not turn your reception into a whiskey, bourbon, or scotch tasting event? It’s an unexpected touch that can also serve as a beautiful visual display. Purchase uniquely shaped bottles and create custom labels that match the look and feel of your décor. Let guests choose their favorite and take home a mini bottle as their favor!
Guests know to expect coffee service after they’ve finished dinner, but a coffee bar would really catch their interest. This is the perfect surprise, especially for those couples who are known for their love of java. Your coffee bar can feature coffee house standards like a dark and light roast, a variety of creamers, and your standard white and raw sugar. If you want to go all out, have a handful of baristas serving up lattes, flavored cappuccinos, and even affogatos–vanilla ice cream topped with a shot of expresso. Yum!
If you’re looking for more unique reception ideas, be sure to check out our blog post from earlier in the year. And if you have your own story of a fun “bar” you had at your wedding, please be sure to leave a comment below. Happy wedding planning!