The bar is the heart of any wedding. It’s where you’ll find a random uncle propped up buying everyone rounds, and your new in-laws bonding with your family over Jagerbombs.
But depending on your venue, it can be really expensive for your guests, and unless you or your family are proper loaded it’s usually not feasible to offer a free bar. We’re all for deviating from the traditional, so here are our ideas for mixing up (get it?) the bar experience at your wedding.
Mobile prosecco and cocktail bar
We had to mention it first, didn’t we? A mobile prosecco bar is an elegant and alternative way to serve your guests some extra sparkle on your wedding day. Our Bar Basso mobile bar is a gorgeous refurbished vintage horse box, so it’ll look great pitched up outside your venue. You’ll get prosecco on tap, frozen cocktails, and wine. And the best part is, you can choose exactly how you want to pay – either an upfront cost per glass, or we’ll agree on a price to charge your guests on the day. You also get a friendly member of staff to serve you all night. We love a wedding!
Bring your own
If you can find a venue that doesn’t lock you into the use of their bar and won’t charge you corkage, BYOB is a great way to go. Buying in bulk means savings for you and your guests, and you can even give them the flexibility of bringing their own! Another advantage of this is you can have a self-service system, meaning less queues and more good times! This is a great option particularly for outdoor or festivals weddings, where everything has a more relaxed and casual feel. Here’s a great guide to what to stock up on if you’re providing your own alcohol: How to Stock the Bar at your Wedding.
Why not put on something extra special for the kids and the designated drivers? It can get boring drinking J20s and endless glasses of Diet Coke all night, so a milkshake bar would be a great alternative. You could also encourage your drinkers to have a few, seeing as milk is good at lining your stomach! Check out Shakewala’s mobile milkshake bar – they’ve got some delicious-sounding flavours on offer including Ferrero Rocher, Terry’s Chocolate Orange and Skittles!
That’s Buck’s Fizz to us Brits, but mimosa sounds a bit more fancy! If you’re getting married in the daytime, mimosas are a lovely refreshing drink to quench your guests’ thirst after the ceremony. You can even do it yourself – just layout a table with some nice fruit juices (fresh if you can) and some bubbly – either champagne or prosecco – and your guests can create their own flavours!
In the same vein as a mimosa bar, for a summer wedding why not offer your guests some Spanish refreshment with a make your own sangria bar? There a few ways to put a twist on this old classic – you can make it with white wine instead of red (Sangria blanca), add flavoured liqueurs, a variety of fruits, and you can even make it fizzy with some sparkling water. Get your chosen ingredients together and encourage your guests to get creative at your sangria station.
Wedding bars don’t just have to be Jacob’s Creek rosé, pints of lager and Jagerbombs at 6 quid a pop. We hope we’ve inspired you to think outside the box, and bring something a little different to refresh your guests!