Wedding Drink Station in 4 Easy Steps

Want to design a wedding drink station guests will love in 4 easy steps? You’ve come to the right place! We’ve rounded up some of our favorite wedding drink station ideas to inspire you. Whether you’re planning a wedding bar or holiday drink station, this post is sure to help! Tie in your wedding colors and your wedding theme for maximum wow-factor, and be sure to tie in your own signature cocktails. Enjoy!

Wedding Drink Station Ideas

Wedding Drink Station Ideas

wedding drink station photo via jessica lorren via style me pretty

1. Location / Design

First and foremost, you’ll need to pick the perfect wedding drink station location. A central location not far from guests’ seats is the perfect location. Design your wedding drink station to coordinate with your decor. For instance, a shabby chic or vintage wedding might tie in an old dresser or desk as part of the drink station decor.

Wedding Drink Station Ideas

photo: benjamin edwards photography via the sweetest occasion

You could also utilize an old bookshelf and beverages served in glass bottles, like these in glass bottles.

Wedding Drink Station Ideas - izze

via nicole rene design

A vintage wedding could use an upcycled vintage door as a wedding drink station, like so…

Wedding Drink Station Ideas - vintage door

via finding home

(Pssst. Check out the bottle opener + corkscrew! So handy.)

Wedding Drink Station Ideas - bottle opener + corkscrew

via finding home

Nautical wedding? Borrow an old boat and fill with tons (and we mean tons) of ice and beverages.

Wedding Drink Station Ideas - drinks in an old boat

photo: millie holloman via southern weddings

Holidays? A Christmas tree, red-colored drinks and festive glassware atop a beverage cart makes your wedding drink station portable.

Wedding Drink Station Ideas - holiday beverage cart

photo: white loft studio via style me pretty

Sidebar: I saw the more amazing rolling drink cart at Target the other day. It’s very Mad-Men-esque, no? Unfortunately, we’re out of room.

Summertime + the living’s easy… with a margarita drink station! Olé!

Wedding Drink Station Ideas - margarita bar

photo: jose villa via design sponge

Use galvanized tiered stands, tubs, and a rolling cart to make a mix-and-match wedding drink station.

Wedding Drink Station Ideas - galvanized tubs and tiered stands

via pottery barn

Planning a wine themed wedding? This wedding drink station with wine bottles, a ‘cheers’ sign, and glassware is perfect.

Wedding Drink Station Ideas - wine themed wedding bar

via celebrations at home

2. Sign

Next, you might want to add a sign to describe or draw attention to your drink station. For instance, if you’re having a Sangria bar, this sign really ties the look together.

Wedding Drink Station Ideas - sangria bar

via kojo designs

A sign (and separation of drinks) is especially important for a kids section.

Wedding Drink Station Ideas - wheelbarrow for kids' drinks

3. Pick your Drink

Decide what you want to serve depending on the theme and season. In the summer, ice cold beverages like beer or soda are always a hit, along with lemonades and punches. In the fall, cider is a crowd-pleaser, whether regular chilled apple cider, mulled apple cider (served hot), or spiked cider. In the winter, hot beverages (like cocoa and coffee) will keep guests cozy. Spring weddings call for mojitos, limeades, punch, or wine always fits right in.

4. Accessories

Drinking glasses is an obvious must-have at any wedding drink station. However, a mason jar drinking glass makes sipping more fun, especially with chalkboard tags onto which guests can write their names. If you’re buying mason jars for drinking, make sure you buy in bulk (you’ll save money!) Also, my personal favorite are these with handles.

Wedding Drink Station Ideas - chalkboard mason jar drinking glasses

photo: jen lynne photography via my wedding

If you’re using mason jars drinking glasses, invest in some cheery straws for sipping. (Mason jars aren’t the most comfortable to drink from directly; a straw really helps. See more mason jar mistakes to avoid.)

Wedding Drink Station Ideas - striped straws

via dondalees

If you’re having a self-serve bar, drink dispensers are a must have, as well as napkins, ice, and any toppings or mixers (if needed). You’ll also want to make sure all drinks are clearly labeled (especially when spiked with liquor). Don’t forget the bottled water!

Wedding Drink Station Ideas - limeade drink station

via shiny happy sprinkles

Keep It Simple.

Prefer something simpler? Keep it easy and serve ice cold beer and soda in cans. This is especially appropriate for an outdoor summer wedding. I love the sign: “Free Beer Here”. Who doesn’t love that?

Wedding Drink Station Ideas - beer wedding drink station

photo: allison yin via borrowed and bleu

Now it’s your turn…

What would you add? Which is your favorite wedding drink station?


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Hi, I’m looking for something easy for my wedding reception in winter time. Thanks for the advise. What else if can serve?


Great ideas! You had me at Sangria Bar!! But, I really love the simplicity of the holiday station, too! Thanks for sharing!

Emma | Emmaline Bride

Hi Michelle! Absolutely… look for a follow-up post next week. Is there a particular question in mind? We’ll cover it in the post. :)

K. Elizabeth @ YUMMommy

Love the boat idea! It’s so unique.

Emma | Emmaline Bride

I thought that one was pretty unique, too. Thanks for stopping by!