(Closed) DIY Champagne Bar

posted 9 years ago in Reception
  • poll: Have you been to a formal event that had a DIY Champagne Bar?
    Yes and it was very successful : (1 votes)
    3 %
    Yes but not many guests used it : (0 votes)
    No I have never been to an event that had one : (9 votes)
    23 %
    No but I like the idea : (29 votes)
    74 %
  • Post # 3
    9919 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I would caution you to see if this is even possible.  A lot of venues (or states) have restrictions on self-served alcohol.  Personally, I think people won’t drink that much of it that it might be a waste.  You could have a few different pre-poured champagne options for them to do something similar though.

    Post # 4
    7439 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2012

    Good post by abbie017:  

    As a Wine Lover, I have to say that Champagne is a FUN libation, that is a MUST for all the best Celebrations in life…

    BUT it certainly isn’t to everyone’s taste…

    I’d actually say it is more of an acquired taste for most folks, and generally speaking at a large gathering you’ll find that the room will be definitely split…

    THOSE WHO LOVE IT… and those who distinctly do not (the latter bunch usually being quite vocal about it)

    “Is there anything else” is an often heard cry at occasions where I’ve seen Champagne served (lol all the more for the rest of us I say)

    So although your idea is certainly novel and interesting, it might not be as well received as you might imagine

    Infact, as a Champagne Lover myself, although I might try something I’ve never had before in my glass… more than likely for the most part, I’m going to stick to the tried and true… and drink this Nectar of the Gods… straight up

    Hope this helps,

    EDIT TO ADD – If I haven’t turned you off the idea entirely… might I suggest that for something different you consider serving a Pink Champagne as your second choice for Bubbles… Pretty unique and very festive.  A good choice to represent the “girlie girl” that Brides are at Weddings.


    Post # 5
    1174 posts
    Bumble bee

    @Cdnlipz:  You can always do a champagne fountain and have the beautiful display of fruit beside it. Its really cute and self serve. Also you could have the fruit prepared on 20 or 30 of the champagne glasses, it would look nice and kind of demonstate for the guests. For those that don’t drink or choose to eat healthy, they can simply eat the fruit. If budgeting isn’t a big issue, I would add a chocolate fountain too. They could also dip the fruit in a chocolate fountain. I would set it up as as follows left to right:

    champagne glasses with fruit added to decorate 20-30 glasses, champagne fountain, fruit display, chocolate fountain and to balance the table I may add marshmellows and a chocolate topping on the right side of the chocolate fountain.

    Good luck!

    Post # 6
    1490 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    I think this is a cute idea for a bridal shower or another small get-together, but not for a wedding.  Honestly, I like someone to make my drinks for me at a wedding.

    Post # 7
    3292 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    I also wonder about the legality of it. It seems iffy to have people serving their own alcohol. I’d worry that the champagne would run out too soon. 

    Post # 8
    639 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    Ok, I guess I completely disagree with the PPs on this one… I love the idea of a champagne bar, and unlike Zouave, I think it would be really fun to make my own drink – especially if I had so many choices of juices and mix-ins. I go crazy at frozen yogurt places that have a bunch of mix-ins, so it’s probably just in my personality ๐Ÿ™‚

    Especially since OP suggested a champagne bar for the rehearsal, and not the wedding itself -the rehearsal is usually more low-key. OP how many people are you expecting at the rehearsal?

    I actually pinned a picture of a mimosa bar with this in mind for our wedding, but our guest list has gotten large enough that it would be too complicated. Here’s our pic:

    Genius Champagne Bar via Hello Love / Sam Sano

    You know, another idea would be to serve champagne sangrias (a light-fruit and dark-fruit) out of pretty glass drink dispensers. What about something like this, but with mixed drinks instead of lemonade:

    Lemonade stand during cocktail hour, with homemade fresh-squeezed lemonade. Photo by Studio Castillero

    Post # 9
    537 posts
    Busy bee

    Lovely idea! Sounds great! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Post # 11
    7439 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2012

    Champagne + Chambord (Raspberry Liqueur) is nice

    BUT I much prefer a true Kir Royale…

    Champagne + Kir (Black Currant Liqueur)

    Notice you don’t have that ingredient on your list.


    Post # 13
    6458 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2013

    If there are rules against self-service, you could always have the bar tender pour the champagne into a glass, and then have your guests put the ingredients in themselves.  I think it sounds AWESOME…as long as there weren’t too many options.  Too many would slow things down and make people do stupid things, like that one time I put Nutella, strawberries, marshmallows, AND toffee bits on my frozen yogurt.  

    Post # 16
    603 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    I think it’s a great idea to have champagne mix-ins available on the side, with bartenders pouring the champagne. I would LOVE IT, especially at a rehearsal like you have planned!

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