Bar Styling Tips and Inspiration!

Bar Styling Tips and Inspiration!

One of our favorite elements from any wedding or event would have to be the bar! Whether you’re planning a cocktail party, corporate function or private event, your bar is sure to be a central hub of activity throughout your celebration.

With this in mind, how can you create a statement with your bar? From backdrops to glassware, florals, and signage, we have a few tips to help you bring the ultimate bar to life.

Read on for some modern bar styling ideas and inspiration, plus some practical advice to ensure your bar service runs smoothly on the day.

Bar Styling Tips and Inspiration

Choose a Bar That Fits Your Theme

Choosing the bar you’d like to buy will be the very first step, but which bar furniture will be the best fit for your event? You’ll want to choose a bar design that suits your vision and vibe for the day, to create a cohesive look.

Consider your overall event “theme” and think about the kinds of colors, textures, and materials that reflect this. For example: if you’re going for a modern coastal vibe, our white bar would be a great choice.

Pro tip: Create a quick mood board that captures your event theme to help you find a bar that suits your style.

Get Creative with Backdrops and Signage

Including a backdrop behind your bar will help to define and frame the space. This is particularly important if your bar is located in a larger space, as it creates a focal point for your guests.

For indoor venues, a bar backdrop can also help to hide things like PowerPoint, curtains, or other permanent room details that might not be so pretty. Plus – backdrops behind bars always make your photos look amazing!

When choosing a backdrop for your bar, think back again to the overall theme of your styling.

And to complete the look, consider a custom sign! From laser cutouts to quirky neons, a personalized sign will take your bar to the next level.


Go Big with Bar Arrangements

Add some drama to your bar with some oversized floral arrangements! Big, cascading blooms will instantly elevate your bar styling and add a pop of color. You could also opt for foliage and greenery as a cost-effective alternative.

As well as flowers, you can also incorporate bottles of alcohol, fresh fruits, and other accessories to complement your theme. Think pineapples and coconuts for a tropical event, or clam shells for a coastal look. When it comes to your bar arrangements, don’t worry about making things neat or symmetrical – varying heights tend to work best.

Just make sure to position your arrangements to the side of the bar, and keep the middle clear for service. If your bar surface area is limited, you can add another bar or even utilize the floor space on either side – potted plants work well for this.


Make a statement with decorative glassware

It’s all in the details! Decorative glassware can add to the overall mood and experience of your event.
If you don’t want to go all out with glassware, you can even choose a statement glass for an element of the day, such as a signature cocktail, whiskey bar, or champagne on arrival. Be sure to have your wine glasses lined up and ready to go on the bar to show off your glasses!


Keep it Practical

Along with making your bar look beautiful, it should also be practical and functional, too. Here are some of our top tips to ensure your bar service runs smoothly on the day:

If you have over 80 guests, we always recommend at least 2 bars to provide a comfortable amount of room for service. Our bars can be pushed together to create one long or u-shaped bar. Or, opt for a larger option like our round white bar.
Make sure your bar has ample storage space for things like glassware, alcohol bottles, garnishes, rubbish, and anything else you don’t want visibly displayed on the surface.
If your bar is going to be outside in the sun, it’s important to consider shade and cover for your bar staff. Consider organizing a couple of market umbrellas or positioning your bar under leafy trees to ensure your service staff will be comfortable for the duration of your event.
You should also speak with your caterer, venue, or bar service staff to double-check any additional requirements like washing stations, ice, drink tubs, serving platters, or other equipment they might need throughout the day.


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We’re constantly updating our product list range with new bar styles to suit any event.

You can check out some of our most popular bar furniture below, view our full range of bars online, or get in touch with our team for a copy of our latest catalog!

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