We love all wedding seasons here at The Aisle Guide—but our all-time favorite might just be summer weddings. And today, we've got a breakdown of the holy grail of all summer wedding trends for you: outdoor bars. From classically chic outdoor wedding bars to boho-inspired vintage bar carts, the options are endless when it comes to sipping refreshments under the summer sun. Below, we've broken down our favorite iterations of this celebratory wedding trend.
1. Boho-Inspired Outdoor Wedding Bars
If you're opting for a boho or rustic aesthetic for your wedding, we love the idea of using vintage pieces and reclaimed furniture (shelving, armoires, etc.) to create a bar that feels storied and unique. A simple vintage table with some shelving behind it is an easy way to create an earthy aesthetic. We also love this boho-inspired outdoor bar which showcases a mosaic of reclaimed glass bottles as a bar front. Another great way to capture that boho vibe at your outdoor bar is to focus on greenery. Drape florals along the top of the bar for an immediately lush look.
2. Self-Serve Bar Carts & Stations
Self-serve bar carts and stations are such a great way to dip your toes in the outdoor wedding bar trend without having to commit a ton of your budget to it. They're also a great option for those who are having an outdoor ceremony or cocktail hour, but an indoor reception. They allow you to offer your guests a little something to sip on while they're outside, without having to setup a full-service bar outdoors.
We love the idea of a cute welcome bar cart with iced tea, fruit-infused water, or even wine for guests to enjoy before the ceremony begins. Our favorite of all self-serve outdoor wedding bars, though? The self-serve mimosa bar! Have your planner or caterer set up a colorful spread of fresh fruit, chilled orange juice, champagne on ice, and some cute bar signage—and let your guests take it from there.
3. Sophisticated Outdoor Wedding Bars
If your wedding falls more on the sophisticated and chic side, you'll want an outdoor bar that can hold its own against such a stunning aesthetic. Think gold shelving, lush greenery, chandeliers, or a custom monogram for a totally timeless outdoor wedding bar!
4. Playful Outdoor Wedding Bars
There's nothing better than a colorful, playful outdoor wedding bar as far as we're concerned. One tip for nailing that playful aesthetic is with fun signage! Another great way is with bright, colorful drinks and menus to match. But our all-time favorite way to ensure your outdoor wedding bar is as playful as ever—renting a live bar on four legs! You read that right. This friendly "beer burro" might just be the most fun thing we've ever seen!
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