Specialty Cocktails and Wedding Bar Ideas

This week marks one of America’s biggest drinking holidays, so what better time to talk about wedding bar ideas? As much as we may love the gown, the flowers, and the unique details, guests tend to look forward to the open bar. Why not make the most of it with unique and personal cocktails and drink ideas that will guarantee a fantastic party!

Tis the Season

Select a specialty cocktail that reflects your wedding season to refresh or comfort guests. Serve delicate sparkling cocktails in spring, fresh fruit concoctions in summer, something sharp and spicy for autumn, and a warming toddy in winter!

Spring Blossom Cocktails | Peaches and Mint Photography | Specialty Cocktails and Wedding Bar Ideas

PEACHES & MINT PHOTOGRAPHY and LOVELY WEDDINGS

Blooming Spring Wedding full of Lush Flowers

Summer Punch Cocktail with Crushed Berries and Sparkling Wine | Ellie Asher Photography | Specialty Cocktails and Wedding Bar Ideas

 ELLIE ASHER PHOTO and IRA AND LUCY VINTAGE RENTALS

Dreamy Mountain Lodge Wedding in Fuchsia and Mint

Moscow Mule in a Copper Mug | Bit of Ivory Photography | Specialty Cocktails and Wedding Bar Ideas

 BIT OF IVORY PHOTOGRAPHY and ORCHESTRATED: STYLIZED SHOOTS

Hitched – Rustic Romance Wedding Inspiration

Bourbon and Vanilla Milk Punch | Carla Ten Eyck Photography | Specialty Cocktails and Wedding Bar Ideas

CARLA TEN EYCK PHOTOGRAPHY

Winter Chic – Cozy Blue and White Forest Wedding

Get Creative

There’s no reason to stick to tradition when it comes to stocking and designing a wedding bar! Turn a vintage piece of furniture into a whiskey bar, stock bottled drinks in tin tubs for a relaxed affair, or take it to the next level and turn an Airstream Trailer into a fully stocked bar.

Vintage Whiskey Bar with Cut Crystal | Danaea Li Photography | Specialty Cocktails and Wedding Bar Ideas

DANAEA LI PHOTOGRAPHY and A DAY TO REMEMBER EVENTS

Vintage Botanical Wedding in a Rustic Winery

Nautical Tub of Peach Bellinis Photography | Specialty Cocktails and Wedding Bar Ideas

PEACHES & MINT and LOVELY WEDDINGS BY VIKTORIA ANTAL

Fresh and Chic Nautical Wedding

Retro Inspired Bar in an Airstream Trailer Photography | Specialty Cocktails and Wedding Bar Ideas

CARLA TEN EYCK and WHIM EVENTS

Fabulous Retro Wedding Shoot

Be Inspired

Most couples find that price is the biggest obstacle when it comes to choosing what to serve. Rather than supplying a full bar with an enormous variety of beer, wines, and liquors, make choices that reflect the two of you, family traditions, and even local specialties. Offer locally sourced beer or wine to celebrate the region where you get married, or bring in a brew that holds special meaning to the two of you. A selection of hand picked beer, wines, and a specialty cocktail or two will be more than enough to keep guests happy!

Champagne and Hibiscus Cocktail | Pepper Nix Photography | Specialty Cocktails and Wedding Bar Ideas

PEPPER NIX PHOTOGRAPHY and MICHELLE LEO EVENTS

Modern Glam Autumn Wedding in Fig and Gold

Artisanal Hot Chocolate | Maru Photography | Specialty Cocktails and Wedding Bar Ideas

MARU PHOTOGRAPHY and RED CARPET READY BY CHRISTINA

Let it Snow – Vintage Holiday Wedding

Retro Milkshakes with Striped Straws | Olga Thomas Photography | Specialty Cocktails and Wedding Bar Ideas

OLGA THOMAS PHOTOGRAPHY and EVENTS TO A T

Retro Pastel Wedding with French Country Style

Have Fun!

Don’t feel you need to stick to classic drinks only! Pair hors d’eourves with a flight of whiskey tastings for Cocktail Hour, or work with your bar staff to create artisanal cocktails that can be prepped before the reception begins. Offer dessert stations with favorites like hot chocolate or milkshakes, with a bartender on hand to spike guests’ concoctions with their liqueur of choice!

Whiskey Flight Tasting | Carla Ten Eyck Photography | Specialty Cocktails and Wedding Bar Ideas

CARLA TEN EYCK and WHIM EVENTS

Industrial Modern Loft Wedding Shoot

Glittering Gold Cocktail Stirrers | onelove photography | Specialty Cocktails and Wedding Bar Ideas

ONELOVE PHOTOGRAPHY and JESI HAACK DESIGN

Bold Colors and Modern Sparkle in Palm Springs

Mad Men Inspired Cocktails | Esenses Studio | Specialty Cocktails and Wedding Bar Ideas

ESENSES STUDIO and STÉPHANIE OUIMET

 Retro Fabulous Mad Men Styled Shoot 

No matter what you’re serving, make guests’ safety a priority – professional bartenders should serve all alcoholic beverages.

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