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Bars aren't only for alcohol..

Bars can be an incredibly beautiful, unique and easy way to give your guest what they need throughout your event. Most people enjoy grazing and having the all the options laid out in front of them – what’s perfect for this? Bars! Bars can give your guests access to items so you don’t have to worry about making them be in a certain place at a certain time and you do not have to hire waitstaff to feed them!

O’dourves Bar

Ugh, the o’dourves and appetizers part of any event is so awkward and uncomfortable and really does not need to be! Nothing is worse than when you are catching up with your Auntie Ann whom you haven’t seen for years and someone comes up to interrupt and see if you want a tomato soup shot glass with a grill cheese stuffed on top. You might not be hungry because you ate before (want to stay away from that hanger), have dietary restrictions, are too emotional for the big day or simply want to talk and not have your mouth full. Giving guests different bars for their o’dourves is a great way to ensure people can eat what they want, inquire about what it is and the ingredients and not interrupt your guests trying to socialize.

First Photo by happywedd Second Photo by rocknrollbride
First Photo by happywedd Second Photo by rocknrollbride

Snack Bars

Depending on what kind of event you have, snack bars can always be an amazing touch! Whether people were too busy talking to ask for an appetizer (ehhemmm above can help fix that) or you have a fast metabolism, nothing is worse than trying to have a good time and feeling starving. Giving your guests some nice things to munch on (trail mix, easy to eat apps, doughnuts, pizza, etc) in a little snack bar can keep your guests happy and fed while not requiring a ton of maintenance and attention during the event. Even better, give your guests what they want – a popcorn bar!

First Photo by Design Love Fest and Second Photo by Lauren Kirkbride Photography
First Photo by Design Love Fest and Second Photo by Lauren Kirkbride Photography

Dessert Bar

Ahhh dessert, everyone’s favorite part of a meal and usually gets to be the cheat day when it comes to weddings. In order to keep our guests happy with changing tastes and dietary restrictions, it’s almost impossible to just serve a cake as dessert for a wedding. Instead, put out a bar of different kinds of desserts that can satisfy everyones needs (gluten free and vegan). This way you can make sure you provide types of desserts that everyone is bound to like at least one of them (cookies, cake, cupcake, candies, brownies, etc) and not have to worry about appeasing your best friend’s new girl friend’s crazy complicated diet.

Photo by Jen Rodriguez
Photo by Jen Rodriguez and Cake by MJB Cakes

And of course, alcohol bars.

There are many great ways to keep it easy and save money by putting out your alcohol in its own bar. I recently attended a wedding which had a beer bar setup for anyone to take a beer from (all guests were above 21 years of age). This helped keep guests happy by not having to wait to get served if they only wanted a beer and helped the waitstaff better serve guests who wanted a featured cocktail or glass of wine. You can do it like they did and fill up a cute row boat with ice (to go along with the farm theme) or do cute dispensers for wine that add the the aesthetic appeal of the event. Either way, these types of bars can make your, your waitstaff and your guest’s lives easier the day of the event.

First Photo by Love me Love My Wedding Second Photo by Oh Best Day Ever Third Photo by Dear Darling Photography
First Photo by Love me Love My Wedding Second Photo by Oh Best Day Ever Third Photo by Dear Darling Photography