Bars at weddings aren’t just for alcohol anymore. You can get so creative and have so much fun planning your unique food or drink bar! Some caterers call these bars “stations,” but they are the same thing. Basically, you have a table with tons of options for your guests to build their own food!
My favorite types of food and drink bars:
Mashed potato bar (Spud Bar)
Have martini glasses with mashed potatoes and let your guests add their sour cream, butter, chives, bacon, and cheese!
Have a variety of juices, fruits, and wines and let your guests make their own sangria!
This one is great for the south! Have baskets of homemade biscuits and then all sorts of jellies, jams, honey, and butter!
This one is very similar to the sangria bar, but instead your guests are making mimosas!
Great for outdoor weddings! Have all of the s’more ingredients, an open fire, and cute sticks for roasting marshmallows!
Who says waffles are just for breakfast? In addition to the waffles, set out whipped creams, butters, syrups, fruits, and honey.
Mac and cheese bar
You can get crazy with this one! Have your macaroni cooked in advance and let your guests add their own toppings! Ham, bacon, different kinds of cheeses, chives, bread crumbs, mushrooms, peppers, green onions, salsa!
There are so many more options; these are just some of my favorites that I’ve seen! Head over to my Pinterest board for more pinspiration and ideas! You can do a taco bar, a fruit stand, an oyster bar, a candy bar, a caramel apple bar, a veggie tray bar, and so much more!
Now, let's talk signage. Some of your guests may have never experienced one of these clever food bars before. So, be sure to have everything labeled (plus, this could prevent a food allergy attack) and have a sign for instructions. You can have a cute chalk board with “Spud Bar” and some basic instructions. Plus, these bars make for fantastic wedding pictures! I’ve seen so many guests laughing while making their own creation and this adds to the wedding happiness and fun!
So, get clever with it. Talk to your caterer and don’t be afraid to ask questions. Most caterers want you to have a successful event, and they’ll do what they can do accommodate. Make it all about you and your fiancé and one of your favorite types of food. Have fun with it and happy wedding planning!!