In addition to your standard beer, wine and mixed drinks setup, couples are now also having second bars known as satellite bars, designated for a specific spirit or your signature drink of choice. “We recently created a bespoke martini bar where we offered four different styles of gin and vodka, eight different types of vermouth and 10 tinctures to add flavors like lemongrass, coconut, olive oil, and sea salt and black pepper," says Ben Scorah, cofounder of Road Soda, a craft cocktail bar on wheels that travels the country for weddings and events. The bartenders can stir or shake the martinis to each guest's preference, serve the drinks in frozen vintage cocktail glasses and garnish with fresh citrus peels, cured olives and dehydrated fruit slices. For a gin bar, consider setting up a variety of colored tonic waters, juniper berry–infused ice cubes and garnishes such as muddled cucumber and fresh herbs. Or set up frozen shot glasses, wedges of lime and freshly made margarita mixers for a tequila table.
If wine is more your speed, set up a wine tasting spread that will allow guests to sample wines by region, a specific varietal or by the year of significance to you as a couple. Love beer? Bring in a bar with built-in, self-serve taps featuring local craft brews. Not only are designated bars a great way to personalize your wedding with your favorite libation, they'll also make for a fun display when you add colored glassware, graphic menus, monogrammed napkins and elaborate garnish bowls to the mix.