Over the years, the Gathering Events team has been a part of, and helped create, many ‘larger than life’ bar experiences. So we asked them to share their best-kept secrets on how to create a beautiful bar experience you will love – and one that your guests won’t stop talking about. Because when planning the perfect wedding bar, there is a lot more involved than just popping off to the local bottle shop and throwing out a trestle table…
1. The menu
Take time to create a custom and delicious menu that reflects both partners. Through your menu, tell a story of special moments you have shared, your favourite red wine and even that local brewery you visited together.
2. Sweet words…
When planning your wedding and all of the beautiful stationery that comes along with it – don’t forget the bar sign and drinks menu! These little extra’s will ensure your bar is a part of the day.
3. A glass is NOT just a glass…
Guests will have a glass in their hand for most of the day (and night), so ensure this often overlooked element is well-thought-out. Consider a stemless glass option, crystal glassware, a colour-pop range, and even novel glasses – trust us, guests LOVE them!
Treat your guests with a little cocktail surprise. Make sure it is meaningful to you as a couple, celebrates a special moment or even matches your wedding style and theme. A cocktail on arrival, a dessert cocktail, or even a late night cocktail on the menu will be a highlight for guests.
5. The beauty in BYO
Being able to provide your own beverages for the big day means you can select exactly what you would like on your menu, whether it be the latest craft beer or the full range of white wines from the vineyard where you first met. These personal touches can change a simple drink into an experience.
6. Dress up your drinks
This is such an easy way to add some fun and theming to the bar. Consider edible flowers, novel straws, garlands, tassels, signage, cotton candy, doughnut toppers, fresh fruits, rose buds and sprinkles.
7. Big Blooms
Fresh florals make the world of difference when styling your bar. Try arrangements of various sizes and even a garland. To add a little something extra, save some of the petals as pretty garnishes when serving champagne.
8. Stylish Bar Tenders
Your bartenders will bring the bar to life. What is a bar without charming, experienced and professional bartenders that genuinely care about your special day, and that whether or not your guests’ glasses are full?!
9. Whisky…pure liquid gold
Offering a whisky bar or a late note whisky menu is such a special way for the groom and his groomsman to share a special time together, and it will also allow your guests to slow down and enjoy the beauty of sharing a drink with friends.
10. Light it up
Show your guests the light by bringing the bar to life with some clever lighting options. Hanging pendant lightings, letter lights spelling out ‘B A R’ or even a backdrop of fairy lights will ensure the bar steals the show.
Words by Jenny from Gathering Events.