17 Tips on How to Decorate Your Wedding Bar

From plush upholstery to monograms, be inspired by these bar designs from real weddings.

Of course wedding attendees will be excited to see the bride and groom on the wedding day, but they'll also be anxiously anticipating the hors d'oeuvres at cocktail hour, fanciful menu items at dinner, and the open bar. Give your loved ones something to remember forever by designing a beautiful wedding bar that complements the rest of your décor. Create custom bars using your monogram, illuminate the bar for a luxe feel, or adorn the bar with lovely fresh flowers. 

Whatever design you choose, you can also add wedding signs to your bar décor that offer romantic sayings, hint at the libations to come, or detail the ingredients in your signature cocktails. No matter how you choose to serve attendees, we've put together 17 wedding ideas for beautiful bar displays that your guests will love. Some of our favorite wedding bars and cocktail lounges from real weddings are pictured below. Take a look and let us know which are your favorites in the comments!

1. Monochromatic Bar Design
If your wedding colors primarily include neutral tones, such as white, ivory, or blush, keep your wedding bar in the same style. This couple's tufted wedding bar blended seamlessly into the décor of the tented reception, and a large flower arrangement of white, cream, and light pink blooms really brought the entire look together.
White tent wedding bar design
Photo by Kortnee Kate; Chairs by Chameleon Chair Collection; Planning & Design by Viva Bella Events

2. Simple Bar, Gorgeous Setting
Keep your wedding bar simple, but decorate its surroundings with gorgeous crystal chandeliers and garlands of flowers suspended from tree branches. This beautiful cocktail hour was held at a country club overlooking the river, and the couple certainly did everything they could to adorn the already stunning location with impeccable décor.
Chandeliers over outdoor wood lounge area
Photo by Aaron Delesie Photographer; Planning & Design by Mindy Weiss Party Consultants; Rentals by Chameleon Chair Collection

3. Fun Signs & Straws
Frame a personalized "Cheers" print in a gold frame, and position it in front of gold-and-white striped straws for a wedding bar display that your guests won't be able to refuse.
Cheers print in gold frame at wedding bar
Photo by James Christianson

4. Four-Poster Bar
Create a white four-poster bar with beautiful tufted sides for a classic design. Hang topiary boxwood spheres from the top and weave garlands of greenery around the structure for decorative elements that blend seamlessly into an outdoor setting. 
Outdoor wedding bar on grass lawn
Photo by Aaron Delesie Photographer; Planning & Design by Mindy Weiss Party ConsultantsRentals by Chameleon Chair Collection

5. Bold Geometric Bar Design
Incorporate your love of geology by creating a custom bar built of illuminated malachite panels covered with a gold geometric pattern, like this couple's striking wedding bar featuring dark green leather countertops.
Green and gold wedding bar at reception
Photo by Bob & Dawn Davis Photography

6. Have a Champagne-Only Bar
At this real wedding in Houston, Texas, a barmaid served Champagne from a "Bubble Bar" in the ladies' lounge. "The girls were raving about it," shares the groom – NFL tight end Owen Daniels.
Bubble bar champagne at Owen Daniels wedding
Photo by J. Cogliandro Photography

7. Display Pun-Intended Signage
For a classic wedding twist on the popular phrase, UFC Octagon Girl Brittney Palmer and her groom displayed an "Eat, Drink, and Be Married" sign at their wedding bar. 
Brittney Palmer Aaron Zalewski wedding bar sign
Photo by Daniel Kincaid Photography; Planning & Design by Bluebell Events; Rentals by Revelry Event Designers

8. Create an Inviting Bar Lounge
When HGTV star John Colaneri and his beloved got married in Newport, Rhode Island, the couple's loved ones enjoyed a cocktail hour in a "modern rustic" tent. A beautiful wood bar was placed beneath wicker lighting and in front of plush, patterned sofas and pillows.
HGTV wedding John Colaneri wedding bar
Photo by Carrie Rodman Photography

9. Include an Ice Luge
There's something absolutely luxurious about an ice sculpture at a wedding; however, this couple chose to take the icy décor element one step further and served ice-cold drinks from it! Add your wedding monogram for a personalized touch. 
Outdoor wedding bar with ice luge
Photo by Barber Photography

10. Mirror, Mirror, on the Bar
Mirror décor elements were featured throughout Brittney Palmer and Aaron Zalewski's oceanview wedding events; however, the couple's gorgeous mirrored wedding bar was one of the most unique decorations of their big day. Add handpainted elements – or your wedding monogram – to a mirrored back bar for a vintage-inspired look.
Brittney Palmer Aaron Zalewski mirror wedding bar
Photo by Daniel Kincaid Photography; Planning & Design by Bluebell Events; Rentals by Revelry Event Designers

11. Display Your Signature Cocktail
These days, many brides and grooms are choosing their favorite libation to be featured as a signature cocktail. Choose a favored drink as a couple, or select your own. Make sure guests know what your signature cocktail is by displaying incredients in a gorgeous frame that complements the wedding décor.
Gold baroque frame with signature cocktail menu
Photo by Kristen Weaver Photography

12. Floral Fantasy
Decorate an all-white bar with bursts of color using your wedding flowers! Top an entire shelf of the back bar with billowing purple and pink blooms, fill a glass vase with arrangements similar to wedding centerpieces, or adorn branches with your favorite florals.
White tufted wedding bar with flowers
Photo by Aaron Delesie Photographer; Planning & Design by International Event CompanyRentals by Chameleon Chair CollectionRevelry Event Designers

13. Use Your Names as Decoration
For Renee and Kevin's modern wedding, they outfitted their illuminated bar with a geometric pattern in their color palette and their names. The illuminated panel was presented in a contemporary mirror frame. 
Purple and white custom wedding bar
Photo by Bob & Dawn Davis Photography; Floral & Event Design by HMR Designs

14. Classic Monogram & Candlelight
In addition to the gorgeous checkerboard dance floor and draping of this reception décor, we love the illuminated wedding bar that features the couple's monogram.
Black and white dance floor with custom wedding bar
Photo by Justine Ungaro; Lighting Design by Amaryllis Floral & Event Design

15. I Saw the Sign
To honor the bride's Polish heritage, this couple's wedding libations featured five different vodkas from Poland. The wedding bar was decorated with modern black-and-white signs in gold frames detailing the vodka cocktails with traditional flavors, including "Polish Gimlet," "Rhubarb Mule," and "Ruby Red."
Bartender in glasses at outdoor wedding bar
Photo by Samuel Lippke Studios; Floral & Event Design by White Lilac Inc.

16. Top Shelf
Tall shelving units were placed behind this couple's geometric bar accented with warm lighting. In keeping with the neutral color palette of the event, shelves displayed glassware and metallic vases filled with white flowers.
White shelf wedding bar at reception
Photo by Robert Evans Studios

17. Four-Sided Wedding Bar
To give your wedding guests ultimate access to your bar, design a four-sided structure featuring illuminated panels decorated with your monogram and names. Place the bar directly beneath a striking chandelier to create an effortless element of height and luxury. 
Gold and white ballroom wedding bar
Photo by Carasco Photography

Get more ideas for your cocktail hour here, get cocktail recipe ideas here, and view more food & drink ideas here.

Authored by: Kelcy Christy