15 Ways to Style Your Cocktail Bar

After all, a wedding is a party. Right?
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Andrea Fowler
andrea fowler the knot wedding planning expert
Andrea Fowler
Wedding Planning Expert
  • Andrea Fowler is an Editorial Content Manager at Sony Music Entertainment.
  • Andrea is a New York-based content strategist and creative producer.
  • Andrea worked as an Assistant Editor for The Knot from 2015 to 2017.

One of the wedding trends we're loving this year is the integration of a customized cocktail experience into the celebration. Whether it's putting a twist on the traditional wedding day timeline and kicking things off with a little champagne-fueled happy hour before proceeding to the nuptials or designating a satellite bar for your signature sip, there are so many ways to personalize your day with a fun spirit. If you're caught in the middle and still trying to figure out which cocktail bar is right for your celebration, get inspired by some of our favorite cocktail bar ideas below that totally amped up the party vibe.

1. Rustic Barrel Decor

Rustic outdoor wedding bar with wood barrels
Cassidy Carson Photography

From: A Southern, Garden-Style Wedding at Southwood House and Cottages in Tallahassee, Florida

2. Themed Margarita Bar

Cute margarita bar idea for an outdoor wedding
Jen Lynne Photography

From: A Garden Party Wedding at Chicago Botanic Garden in Chicago, IllinoisA Garden Party Wedding at Chicago Botanic Garden in Chicago, Illinois

3. Cotton Candy and Champagne Bar

Cotton candy and champagne bar idea for a wedding reception
Blume Photography

From: A Glamorous Terrace Wedding at Little Gardens in Lawrenceville, Georgia

4. A Vintage Booth

Vintage wedding reception bar idea
Steph Smith Photography

From: A Romantic, Rustic Wedding at Creekwood Gardens in Rogers, Arkansas

5. Nautical Beach Bar

Outdoor beach wedding with a sailboat bar
J Photography by Jessi Caparella

From: A Coastal Chic Wedding at the Drop Anchor Resort in Islamorada, Florida

6. Eclectic Cocktail Bar

Eclectic cocktail bar decor for a wedding reception
Leah Marie Photography

From: A Shabby Chic Summer Wedding at Condor's Nest Ranch in Pala, California

7. A Wine Bar

Chalk calligraphy for a wedding reception wine bar

From: A Charming Southern Wedding in Blowing Rock, NC

8. Outdoor Bar With Sun Umbrellas

Pretty bar idea for an outdoor wedding reception
Lacie Hansen Photography

From: An Alpine, Fusion Wedding at a Private Residence in Aspen, Colorado

9. Decorated With Tinsel

A rustic glam decor idea for a wedding reception bar
NBarrett Photography

From: A Rustic, Whimsical Wedding at Golden Homestead in Golden, Texas

10. Dressed Up With a Chandelier

Decorate an outdoor bar with indoor details like a chandelier
Eliza J. Photography

From: A Vintage, Garden-Inspired Wedding at Bissell House in South Pasadena, California

11. Repurposed Bookcase Bar

A DIY wedding bar idea with a bookcase

From: An Intimate Art Gallery Wedding at Ecce Gallery in Fargo, North Dakota

12. Light-Up Bar Signage

Cool cocktail bar decor for an outdoor wedding
Hyer Images

From: An Elegant Garden Wedding at Thomas Bennett House in Charleston, South Carolina

13. DIY Craft Beer Bar

DIY craft beer bar for a wedding reception
Jessica Crews Photography

From: A Pretty DIY Wedding at Robin Hill Farm in Brandywine, Maryland

14. Simple Rustic Wooden Bar

Rustic wooden bar idea for an outdoor wedding reception
The Grovers

From: A Classic, Outdoor Wedding at Rancho Valencia in Rancho Santa Fe, California

15. Repurposed Mobile Bar

Repurposed mobile bar idea for a wedding reception
onelove photography
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