Stay On Trend with a Mobile Bar for Cocktail Hour
A bar is a key part of any wedding. Whether you and your guests are big drinkers or not, a few cocktails help bring the party spirit to your big day. Another reason a bar is a necessity is that it supplies the drinks so people can toast to you during the speeches.
Bars are a big feature of the reception and are often spoken about well after the event by those who attended. The cocktail hour allows guests to mingle while the couple is off taking pictures and ensures they are kept busy and entertained. Whether it was because of the drinks on offer or because they are simply the meeting place of different guests who bump into each other on their way to get a top-up.
While traditionally bars are built-in structures that come with the venue but if you’re having a wedding outside or even part of the reception in a different location, there is a new trend that is offering something with a bit more excitement – the mobile bar.
The mobile bar trend has been around for a few years but the number of bars on offer to cater for your event were few and far between. This did make having one at your event extra special because they were rare, but now with more options, you can choose a bar that completely suits your style. Have a look at some of these stunning mobile bars in the US to see what we’re talking about.
The wide variety and innovation by bar owners mean almost anything can be converted to serve up delicious drinks. The most common bars on offer come in the form of converted horse trailers, caravans, cute Italian scooters and even motorbikes. Many of these are simple, with the ability to be styled to suit your event. Others have a bit more of their own flair but this could speak to what you’ve already envisioned or bring a new charm to your big day.
Like most standard bars, they have a variety of packages from a cash bar or a full bar service depending on your preference and budget. Since they are a bit more tailored than a bar with no theme, the bartenders serving up these delights can work with you to create the bar service of your dreams.
When considering a mobile bar for your wedding it’s important to find the one that best suits your style, is big enough for your big day and delivers exactly what you have in mind.
Style and Size
When choosing a mobile bar, think about your wedding style and what kind of additions you want to add to the day. While this is only one aspect, if it is completely out of place among your overall decor, this will make it stand out, but not in a good way.
While most bars are pretty neutral, with white paint and simple decor additions, others stick to a theme. Often these will be related to the area the bar is from, if you’re in a more rural area you’ll likely find a cowboy, rustic themes bar whereas some city bars have a more rock and roll aesthetic. These mobile bars in the UK have an incredible variety when it comes to styles.
A big bonus is that the more neutral bars are that you can add personal touches like flowers matching those in your bouquet. This ensures your bar speaks to the rest of the event while still standing out as a unique twist on the standard bar set-up.
The size of the bar you hire will also depend on where you plan to put it and your venue and the number of guests. While mobile bars immediately seem like something that can only go outdoors, some venues are big enough to host the smaller mobile bars. Having a horse trailer or small camper inside is a great touch as it immediately brings attention to this unique detail.
Luckily, most bars, no matter how small, can cater for a large number of guests. Even the smallest carts can dish out drinks to well over 100 people. It is still important to make sure you are aware of the bar’s capacity though before booking.
Drinks on Offer
When it comes to what the bar serves, not all are equal. While most will allow you to pick a full service, some only offer a certain speciality on tap, from prosecco to beer. So choosing the bar that offers up exactly what you’re wanting everyone to sip on is important.
Prosecco or sparkling wine bars are the most popular for weddings because they serve up the quintessential wedding toast drink in an exciting way- right from the taps. Let your guests pour their bubbles from a converted Italian Piaggio. These mobile bars in Australia are not short on variety, take a look to see how you can put a drinks menu together.
A great offer most mobile bars have is the ability to work with professional bartenders to create a signature cocktail that speaks to you and your partner’s love. This creation will be all your own and can include your favourite flavours. Alongside giving it a fun name and knowing you created something special for your special day, you can get excited about your guests enjoying something they’ve never tried before.
If you’re planning a dry wedding, many mobile bars offer non-alcoholic options from mocktails to coffee and hot chocolate. This could work well for a bright and early breakfast wedding or addition as a cosy winter wedding warmer.
Choose the Best Package for You
Much like a standard bar, you can choose whether you want guests to pay for their drinks, whether you’ll have a small select drinks menu or whether you’re keen to foot the entire bill yourselves. However, unlike a bar that can run the whole night, often these mobile bars are hired for a select period with an exact amount of alcohol, or you have to provide the alcohol yourself.
In most cases these packages are designed with several guests in mind, starting with the smallest and getting larger as you go. In other cases, they work off a base rate which includes the bar, bartenders and other basics for a certain number of hours and you can build from there.
The greatest aspect is how customisable each offering is right down to the kinds of glasses you want to serve your drinks in. This helps you get exactly what you’re after, in the price range that suits you best.
A mobile bar is a great meeting point, conversation starter and unique addition to your big day. It takes something simple and makes it extraordinary, on a day that is all about going above and beyond. If you’re looking for some real-life inspiration, check out how this couple used a mobile bar in their inspired indie festival wedding and how an Airstream mobile bar was used at this destination wedding in the South of France.