Other than the dance floor, the most visited spot of your reception is undoubtedly the wedding bar. From cocktail hour to champagne toasts, you and your guests will be vibing (and imbibing) at the bar all night long, so make sure it stands out!
We’ve put together our top wedding bar tips and décor ideas to make your wedding bar one of the highlights of your big day!
Create a Signature Cocktail
At the Lightner Museum, a complimentary bar tasting is included with every wedding package
This is your chance to sample the choices from our beverage packages, decide on a drink menu, and even work with one of our bartenders to create a signature cocktail just for you.
Whether you’re inspired by your pet, a favorite travel destination, or simply want to feature a unique flavor, we’ll help you craft a drink that’s sure to lift your spirits!
Offer a Specialty Bar
Got a favorite drink? Our Specialty Bars put an exciting new twist on a beloved flavor, allowing your guests to experience something totally unique! From margaritas to martinis, you and your guests will be able to whip up their own custom libations.
Choose from the following, or talk to our team about customizing a bar around your favorite drink.
- Margarita Bar
- Old-Fashioned Bar
- Sangria Bar
- Martini Bar
- Mojito Bar
- Sweetini Bar
- Cordial Bar
- Bubbly Bar
- Welcome to the South Bar
We also have several customizable mocktail options available for non-drinkers.
Upgrade Your Drink
When it comes to a fun wedding bar experience, taste is only half of the equation. Take your drink up a notch with an upgrade that they’ll never forget!
Crown your drink with a smoke-filled cocktail bubble or a flavored sugar rim.
Infuse a traditional Old-Fashioned with smoky flavor or add edible glitter for some extra sparkle.
Looking for an exotic fruit or flavor? Want to add cotton candy for a touch of whimsy? The choices are endless!
Display Champagne In Style
A glass of champagne is an easy way to add a sense of glamour to any occasion—and weddings are no exception!
A champagne tower is a beloved classic that’s sure to impress during the night’s first toast.
What if you have your heart set on something a bit more unique? With our Lightner Luxe package, you’ll not only get some incredible décor upgrades, you’ll also have access to our greenery champagne walls. Guests can grab a drink (or two!) at their leisure as they enter your wedding reception.
Bring Your Drinks To Life With a Living Champagne Wall
A living champagne wall is one surefire way to give your guests “white glove service” in every sense of the word!
When you and your guests arrive at your reception, a hand will emerge from the vine-covered wall with a glass of champagne at the ready.
Relax With Tableside Wine or Champagne Service
For some people, sitting down to relax and chat over dinner is the most enjoyable part of a wedding.
With tableside wine or champagne service, guests can sip on the perfect beverage without interrupting the conversation.
Make Beautiful Signage
Gorgeous wedding bar décor can elevate the look of your entire reception.
List menu options and signature cocktail offerings on stunning signage that blends with your existing reception décor.
Genevieve Mangini, Senior Event manager at the Lightner Museum says that bar signage is “a “must have” to help show your guests what is available to order. Signage is not only aesthetically pleasing, it’s functional as well. Mangini adds, “Bar signage helps limit the time waiting in lines, as your guests will already know what they can and cannot order by the time they get up to the bar.”
Design options are limitless when it comes to bar signage. For a more traditional look, opt for simple black and white acrylic, like in the example shown above from Morgan and Michael’s wedding at the Lightner Museum. Do you prefer a more playful vibe? Watercolor paintings of your signature cocktails (or your furry friends that inspired them) add a fun touch.
Sit & Sip With a Lounge Area
From start to finish, your wedding day will feel like a whirlwind. We always recommend that our couples take a few minutes to fully appreciate their wedding day, and everything leading up to it.
Lounge seating is the perfect place to sit and drink it all in!
After the ceremony, the Lighter Museum team will transform the Historic Pool into the perfect party atmosphere, complete with a comfortable lounge area, if you choose to have one! Whether taking a break from dancing or just taking it all in, this is the ideal spot to sip and savor the day.
Raise a Glass!
At the Lightner Museum, no detail of your wedding is too small to be overlooked.
From the first sips at the cocktail hour to the final toast of the evening, your bar goes a long way toward making your event feel like a celebration.
For more fun bar inspiration and cocktail examples, check out this playlist on YouTube!
We love seeing the amazing flavor combinations and display ideas that our couples choose, and we’re always excited to try something new! If you’re already booked with us, reach out to the events team at email@example.com to discuss your bar options.
Are you still on the hunt for your perfect wedding venue? Take a virtual tour of this historic gem or schedule a visit to see it in person. Contact our team at (904) 217-0077 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We can’t wait to meet you!