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Alternative wedding bars

Inspiration - 13.07.16

With all the logistical elements to organise, it’s easy to get side-tracked and forget about incorporating that all-important personal touch. Couples looking for a simple way to inject fun and entertainment into their reception should consider a cool and quirky bar area – it’s the perfect way to bring everyone together and create a unique wedding experience.

The great thing about wedding bars is that they can be completely tailored to your preferences at a relatively low cost. Here are a few of our favourite ideas – guaranteed to please the crowd.

Foodie bars


Nobody can resist a soft, gooey doughnut. Lay out a variety of colourful rings, cream, jam, and chocolate filled treats to entice and delight your guests. Better still, opt for a DIY table with plain doughnuts, and bowls of delicious toppings. We’re thinking chocolate sauce, icing sugar, jelly sweets, and fresh berries.

Summer cooler

Perfect for cooling down guests at a warm summer wedding, how about a ‘make your own ice cream sundae bar’? Offer a selection of flavoured ice creams or fro-yo, sauces, and confectionery then let everyone dive in and design their own signature dessert.

Winter warmer

If you’re planning a romantic winter wedding, add some tasty warmth with a hot chocolate station in the evening, serving cups of cocoa with mini marshmallows and cream. It’s the sweetest DIY station to help guests relax and unwind after a long day of celebrating. Offer milk and cookies for the little ones, and maybe a dash of Irish cream liquor for the not-so-little ones.

Sweet treats

Candy carts are a classic. Set out little bowls filled with colourful sweets, chocolates, and lollipops for your guests to pick ‘n’ mix while they mingle. Take this experience to the next level by including personalised sticks of rock, or sweets branded with your initials or wedding monogram. If you’re feeling particularly creative, the supplies could double up as crafty favours too – we love sweetie trees, cones and skewers.

Little extras

Bowtie bar

Pack heaps of style and class into your evening reception with a dapper bowtie bar. Wrap the ties individually and display them in a wicker basket for guests to help themselves. You could also offer a girly alternative with cute friendship beads and bracelets.


A DIY photobooth will provide endless fun for your guests without costing you the earth. All you need is a plain backdrop, a box of cool props and costume pieces such as hats, paper moustache and sunglasses, and a wedding hashtag to get them trending. Set the booth up in a well-lit area and give guests the free reign to style and snap their own photos on their phones. Ask them to share under your hashtag, so everyone can enjoy the moment.

Temporary tattoos

Temporary tattoos are a must-have trend for festival-style weddings. We love the wow-factor of blingy metallic and fairytale designs. You could also look into having a selection of personalised temporary tattoos made up, for guests to really get stuck in to the magical moment.

We hope you love these alternative wedding bar ideas as much as we do. Head over to our Pinterest board for more inspiration, and be sure to let us know which bars are a must at your wedding!


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