A Cocktail Hour Trend We're Loving: Living Bars
Your cocktail hour bar is an important part of your wedding for obvious reasons. Your guests will likely congregate there after the ceremony—to chat, to mingle, and to sip on your signature cocktail. Since it'll be a place where loved ones surely spend some time, turning its look up a notch is probably a good idea (at the very least, it'll make for awesome photos!). Searching for a way to take your wedding bar to the next level without deviating from your big day vision? Put living bars on your radar. The trend involves adding freshly-cut vines and colorful florals into the actual framework of your wedding bar, making it look almost as if these lush details naturally grew there.
Here's the best part: These stations fit just about any wedding style. The secret? Use the floral (or nonfloral!) elements that you've introduced throughout the rest of your ceremony and reception space, so that your bar blends right into your wedding's terrain. Whether you choose to weave foliage through a lattice bar-front, construct a full-blown greenery wall as a drink station backdrop, or install an accent panel with brightly-hued flowers, living wedding bars are synonymous with statement-making wedding décor. Just take this insanely lush bar by Calder Clark, for example.
There are, of course, ways to adapt the trend if you want something subtler. Install simple squares of trimmed greens (these varieties looks like flat bushes!) onto an all-white station for a bit of lively color. Go miniature by backing your acrylic cocktail menu with greens, and then presenting it on your bar top. Click through to discover the rest of the ways you can work living wedding bar trend into your own big day.
Perfect, traditional arrangements not your thing? Introduce wildflower displays throughout your reception, starting with a bar (this one was adorned with flowers by Saipua!) that'd rival an overgrown meadow.
In the Clear
This gorgeous vignette is a lesson in décor contrast—we love how the central greenery bar, by Lindsey Shanks and Jonie LaRosee of A Charleston Bride, pops against both the black-and-white floor below and the chinoiserie lamps above.
Flower walls are another popular wedding trend as of late, but flower bar panels? That's entirely new. Note how the flowers added onto this black-lacquered cocktail bar (designed by Shannon Leahy) match those used in the dramatic arrangement that sat on top of the structure.
Concrete and Moss
Simple and Classic
A strip of flower boxes introduces yet another degree of lushness to your wedding bar. Just be sure to choose a bloom shade that contrasts the verdant backdrop.
If you're looking for a way to make your wedding bar the focal point of your cocktail hour, take notes from this station, designed by Katie Saeger Events. We love how the floral arrangements (from Floral by Nora) on the ground reach up to meet the vines hung from the bar's counter. Another epic feature? The moss paneling, which also sported the couple's first initials.
Your wedding bar can be transformed into an eye-grabbing installation with a few cohesive elements. Take this gin and tonic station, which was brought to life (literally!) by BD3 Design and Sweet Root Village, for example. Trailing vines cascaded down from the ceiling, referencing the similar leaves that were attached to the bar's marble surface. An acrylic menu sign bridged the gap between the two.