We happen to believe that every fabulous wedding deserves an equally as fabulous bar to match. But if you're planning on tackling your very own celebration central, aka, DIYing your own bar, that's a task that's a little easier said than done. And we sooo get that. So today we're turning to the experts at BevMo! for a little help. Think of it as your guide to a perfect DIY bar in a few easy peasy steps. See our top five below.
START WITH A SIGNATURE DRINK... OR TWO
One of the simplest + chicest ways to make a libation-infused impact on the Big Day is creating a signature drink... or two. Whether that's a fruity vodka concoction, a tasty sangria using your fave wine or something a little more hearty (bourbon, perhaps?), there's just no better way to cut down on alcohol costs, plus give your guests a meaningful way to celebrate. I mean, those "first date" strawberry mojitos? They need to make an appearance. And are so easy to make once you visit BevMo! for all of the tasty ingredients.
Photography: Jose Villa
STOCK THE BASICS
Signature drinks are amazing, but you should definitely keep all of the basics on hand for your nearest + dearest who like to keep things tasty and simple. Think vodka, rum, bourbon and gin, plus a handful of mixers like sodas and tonic water, so your gramps can have his whiskey on the rocks like he always does. Just be sure to contact a BevMo! Event Specialist to talk beverage calcualations and alcohol types, so you know just HOW much to buy... and what kinds. It's an exact science, you guys.
Photography: Lindsay Madden
KEEP THE COLD ONES FLOWING
Whether you're dancing the night away in a modern penthouse or a rustic barn in you fave country town, one thing is certain: you definitely need a few beer and cider options. That can mean lining your bar with a plethora of different choices from BevMo! (they have over 100 selections!) or choosing a keg (or two) from their awesome lineup. Either way, make sure you have the cold ones covered for those non-liquor drinkers... they'll thank you, loves.
Photography: Sarah Kate, Photographer
CHOOSE A RED, WHITE AND SPARKLING
No party is complete without a few bottles of your fave wine and since your wedding is THE biggest party you'll ever celebrate, choose your reds + whites carefully. Need help narrowing down the options? BevMo! can totally help with private tastings, advice on menu pairings and crazy cool discounts. Think 2-for-1 options in Washington state and 50 cent sales in California and Arizona. (Yes, you read that right.) They can even assist you with finding the perfect bottle of bubbly, because, really, you can't have a wedding without a toast to the newlyweds with a tasty glass of champagne... or three.
Photography: Jose Villa
GET CREATIVE FOR THOSE NON-DRINKERS
Not everyone is keen on alcohol, so having some non-alcoholic beverages available for your nearest + dearest is most definitely the key to a happy wedding. And while soda and sparkling water are a great alternative to those tasty Cosmopolitans you plan on crafting up, don't be afraid to get creative with something else your guests will love. I'm talking blackberry teas, virgin pina coladas or even yummy Shirley Temples for the littles. BevMo! even offers sparkling cider for toasting. Yum.
Photography: Ruth Eileen Photography
For cocktail ideas, complimentary delivery on orders over $500 (chilled on request!), party accessories and sooo much more, stop by a BevMo! locale to chat with an Event Specialist about DIYing that perfect bar. And be sure to check out their Pinterest, Facebook and Instagram for constant inspiration as you plan. You've got this, loves.