Post # 1
I was looking at the website for our wedding venue and at a recent wedding the bride and groom used a canoe as their self-serve bar for guests. They just loaded it with ice and then put in the beer and wine bottles. Since we’re planning on beer and wine only we thought this would be a great option…but the canoe doesn’t really fit into our theme.
Our theme is more rustic, farm, barn…we’re getting married at a B&B that has a big red barn on property. Any ideas of what we could use for the “bar”?
Post # 3
That’s a cute idea! Unfortunately all the venues we looked at require that alcohol be served by the catering company. We would have loved to have bottles of wine at the table.
Maybe since you’re having a barn theme a trough would be cute? With buckets or smaller bottles/containers in it?
Post # 4
I really like this idea – but the pouring of the wine could get messy?!?!?
What about those old metal tubs that are used for washing clothes
Post # 5
I love those wash tubs for beer! To avoid messy wine bottles, maybe use two of those drink dispenser things? One for white, one for red, and then you can get wine in a box! (Which is actually getting pretty good.) We were sooo close to doing this, but our caterer said they prefered to pour themselves. But I still think it’s really cute. 🙂
Post # 6
We’re using galvinzed buckets like the ones above and putting old fashioned sodas in them (it would also work for beer). I think it’s super vintage/rustic/barn(y?). You could even stencil on a monnogram if you wanted to personalize them a little. You could also scour some antique stores for old wash tubs and sinks. I LOVE the looks of those. I also think it would be kind of cool to use some old barn wood and make a big wooden box and then line the inside with some heavy duty tarp or plastic (it won’t show because of the ice and you can use a color like black). Then, you could use white paint and make some vintage looking sign on the outside of the box. Maybe a cute quote or a help yourself.
ETA: A couple different wagons would be really cool too and you could spray paint them to patch your colors. Just take the handle off and spray the actual wagon then reattach the handle.
Post # 7
We are having a pirogue (small flat bottomed boat) to hold the beer at our reception. My fiance is from SouthEastern Louisiana and they do this all the time down there. FI is actually building the pirogue we are going to use. He is out there now working on it. It’s looking great.
I would suggest not using it for the wine though. We are just using it for beer. You don’t want something that will be opened to be put back in there. I think it will make the ice yucky.
Post # 8
In most areas, it’s considered illegal to have self-serve alcohol, especially if there are any minors in attendance. At a backyard bbq in your own yard is one thing and self serve is ok, but any other venue is something else and self serve is not ok. If anything happens to your guests on the way home, regardless of where it is held, you are responsible. Talk to the venue and see what your options are.
Post # 9
i like the idea of those tubs! how neat!
Post # 10
I’m getting married in a farm/barn/ranch venue too! My venue has a lot of odds and ends laying around on property that I can repurpose. They have a chuck wagon with galvanized tubs on it. I will use those tubs to fill with ice for champagne and wine. I will use two other tubs, invert them and place drink dispensers on them filled with sangria/margarita. The place also has a couple of wheel barrels that I was going to fill with ice for the non-alcoholic drinks. Lastly, it had an old-style bathtub that was also going to be filled with ice for beer kegs.
Old wine barrels or cleaned troughs are other items you can use as a beverage cooler. Have fun!
Post # 11
I should clarify that we are having a bartender who will be serving drinks but the guests will be able to get the beer themselves. Also my bartender carries insurance so we are taken care of. I think anyone having any sort of bar should look into a bartender with insurance.
Definitely check your area because it is not illegal everywhere but I am sure it may be in some places.
Post # 12
What about a wheelbarrow? It could also be monogrammed, and stands by itself so it might save you some hassle finding a place to put buckets, etc., though they are nice.
Post # 13
1.consider stock tanks http://rangergate.com/stock_tank_oblong.htm
you may be able to find them used on craigslist
2.someone is giving away a bunch of half barrel planters on Boston Craigslist right now
look in the farm and garden section for other ideas
3. what about an old wringer washer?
4. as always-check ebay
Post # 14
wooden or aluminum buckets or troughs(spelling),
Post # 15
Someone beat me to it, but I was going to saw wheelbarrow as well…or a big trough…definitely farm related…
Post # 16
Old bath tubs commonly end up in fields for horse troughs…
I love this idea-
You could even paint your monogram or some graphic that you have used throughout your wedding on it.