20 Bar Carts That'll Transform Your Wedding's Cocktail Hour and Reception
If you're a wine, Champagne, or cocktail connoisseur, a wedding bar cart is the perfect way to share your passion with guests. Plus, setting up a great bar scene is crucial to planning a successful reception, which makes these small-scale carts the perfect solution for brides and grooms looking to elevate their big-day party with unique alcohol options. Beyond showing off your signature cocktail or playing up your love for craft beer, a bar cart also allows guests to self-serve—which might ultimately save you money if you decide to forgo a bartender.
These stations have aesthetic purposes, too: They add tons of character to an event's overall design (talk about a win-win scenario!). Showcase your beverage offerings by dressing up your bar cart with florals, stunning glassware, or vintage details. Take this modern-cart by Jennifer Cole Florals and White Lace Events & Design, for example, which perfectly represented this whiskey-loving couple with a styled bourbon cask.
So, how can you go about adding a bar cart to your cocktail hour or reception? Consider working with a rental company, which can provide you with an option that'll fit your big-day décor. Alternatively, you can buy one—think of it as a long-term investment!—and bring it back into your home post-nuptials (it'll act as a wedding-day keepsake and elevate your living room). Luckily, there's a bar cart out there to match both your wedding and home-style: From rustic farm wagons and dainty garden carts to glamorous, old-Hollywood displays, the design options are endless.
Intrigued? When planning your big day, be sure to add a bar cart to your high-priority checklist. In the meantime, get inspired by the following photos, which showcase all the unique ways real brides and grooms utilized their own mini bar stations—they just might inspire your own.
Florist Jackie Reisenauer of Minneapolis' Munster Rose upgraded this modern Champagne bar cart with privet berries, bay leaves, and kumquats, which beautifully complemented the drinks' garnishes.
This couple displayed their signature drinks—made from moonshine, lemon juice, honey syrup, and watermelon lemonade—on this rustic, antique bar cart.
New Year's Eve Refills
The bartenders at this New Year's Eve wedding pushed Champagne-filled carts, decorated with garlands by Wimberly Fair Designs, around the reception so guests would have easy access to refills.
These craft beer-loving newlyweds highlighted their reception's brew selections on a rustic wagon bar cart, which attendees could visit as they pleased.
This large farm-style bar cart subtly referenced this fall wedding's autumnal motifs.
Signature Drink Sign
This ethereal glass bar cart looked as if it belonged in a wildflower field thanks to winding floral vines and arrangements by Faye and Renee Floral and Event Design.
Rose Gold Detailing
This bar cart was decorated with a vintage camera and books, along with masculine alcohol bottles that enhanced its antique vibes.
Dessert Wine and Treats
Bar carts can display more than boozy beverages. This bar-meets-dessert station displayed edible cookie shots filled with Kahlua milk by Cheers! Cookie Shots, a darling cake by Bake Cake Shop, and dessert wine, along with a bright floral arrangement by R. Love Floral and a fun sign from Blue Eye Brown Eye.
This wooden wagon featured a beautiful awning that shaded pre-made cocktails from the sun.
Gold European Finishes
Summery Cocktail Selection
Summer-ready orange and red signature cocktails doubled as colorful décor along with a calligraphed sign by Calligraphy by Cristine on this gold cart.
This bar cart's soft blue, blush, and gold color palette—brought to life by its cupcakes and cake pops by Dolled Up Cupcakes, sparkling wine, and liquor offerings—contributed to its Parisian aesthetic.
Faux Grass Display
Faux grass elevated this dessert-filled bar cart and complemented this reception's floral backdrop by My Little Flower Shop.
This emerald-themed bar cart displayed green cocktails and glassware, which tied into the botanical wedding's overarching theme.