(Closed) Alternative to ice chests for backyard wedding?

posted 8 years ago in Decor
Post # 3
5219 posts
Bee Keeper

well our wedding will be an outdoor/ BBQ/country fried wedding and we are having tin tubs with ice + beer bottles on the bat and a wheelbarrow cleaned out/spruced up with beers iced down in it behind the bar. May not be for everyone but I feel brilliant for thinking of it! lol

Post # 5
5118 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@Crazyhair:  I was going to suggest the galvanized tubs, but @Mrs_Amanda: beat me to it 🙂

If you’re worried about the ice melting too quickly, test out a few mixtures of ice and rock salt to keep them colder longer. You could also try out working with a few different stacking/layering of tubs/bowls so that the heat from the outside doesn’t reach the ice and drinks as fast.  

Post # 6
634 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

so, we did this at a country club i use to work at… it was not “beautiful” but it was much better than having an exposed igloo cooler- we used a table linen to line the cooler and drape out over the outside of the cooler, and then poured ice onto the linen. then put the lid on it. (this was for a pool side party) we had used galvanized tubs before, ice melted super quick. this was the best way to keep ice without showing the whole cooler.

Post # 7
972 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

@indibee:  great tip on the rock salt! I’m  going to try that

Post # 8
424 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I know you can usually get small metal tubs in fun, bright colors at Target right around the beginning of summer (NOW! YAY).  It might be fun to have 3-4 filled with ice with the bottled drinks poking out of the top on your bar or drink table, etc.  

Post # 9
319 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

you could use pretty plastic tubs too, maybe in a few pretty colors?

Post # 10
248 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

if you could find an antique baby bath tub or a regular sized antique bathtub.. that would be cool. I’ve also seen people use canoes (I wish I could find the photo I saw because it was much cuter than it sounds).


Post # 13
1755 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@Crazyhair:  Contact an architectural salvage yard, they would possibly have an antique tub at a good price.

Post # 15
2095 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

We used a chill table that we rented from a local rental place. It is a table that you fill with ice. You can put a skirt on it to make it look nicer.

Post # 16
51 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I saw this idea on Pinterest – you could use a galvanized tub and balloons in your wedding colors. The ballons are filled with water and then frozen – as they melt you put them back in the freezer and then replace them with different ones.

Fill balloons with water, freeze and use and reuse them instead of ice! Super cute for kids parties too!

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