21 Unique and Creative Wedding Food Bars & Drink Bar Ideas

Wedding food is one of the core elements that your guests will remember the most, so why not make it a great experience on its own? Take your wedding catering to the next level by adopting the recent (and here to stay) wedding food and drink bar trends!
Wedding food bars, also known as wedding food stations, are an awesome option to get your guests to taste various – beautifully displayed – types of food. With their interactive aspect, these wedding food stations are a great way to have your guests mingle and socialize: they basically have all the elements to make sure you have the most festive wedding atmosphere! Take your wedding to the next level and also add some out-of-the-box wedding drink bar ideas.
Another cool feature is that the themes and options are endless and customizable. So why not step outside of your comfort zone, and go for creative food selections and original drink stations that will make a lasting impression and add to your wedding reception decor? Whether sweet or savory, fancy or simple, hot or cold, this selection of the most fun and creative wedding bar ideas will certainly be a feast for the eyes and a delight for the tastebuds!

We don’t want to make you wait any longer; here’s our selection of the trendiest, unique and most creative wedding bar ideas that you can decorate and display according to your wedding theme and décor!

Cotton Candy bar

Soft, dreamy, and delightful fairy floss bars or cotton candy bars will be a fun addition to your wedding food that will take your guests back in time. Whether displayed during cocktail hour or the wedding reception, either way, this bar will be a HIT!

Photo:  Golden Vibes Photo | Venue: Cascade Terrace | Candy Floss: The Jolly Sheep | Panner: Magical Events by Yami | via: Whimsical Wonderland

Pretzel Bar

Who knew pretzels and weddings could ever be used in the same sentence and not sound weird? Surprise your guests with a pretzel bar and watch them have fun discussing their choice of dips!

Photo: Colette Kulig via Wedding Chicks

Olive Bar

Yes, olive bar for a wedding. Just imagine this bar for your destination wedding in Italy or Greece, or add it to your local wedding cocktail and bring home that dreamy Mediterranean vibe. Olive oil, olives, and bread will make this bar the star of your wedding (well, after you, of course! )

Planner & Florist: @rockpaperscissorsevents | Photo: @pahountisg | Venue: @island_artandtaste | Stationary: @atelier_invitations
Catering: @ariafinecatering

Antipasti station

Careful, major aperitivo vibes ahead! Bread, cold cuts, cheese and fruits are the perfect crowd-pleaser finger food! One word of advice: just snap pictures of your bar as soon as you set it up, before it gets taken over by your guests!

Catering: Goose & Berry via Bridal Musing

Popcorn Bar Ideas

Young or old, your guests will all agree: no snack beats Popcorn! Extra touch? Add a wide variety of seasonings and customize your popcorn bag or buckets to match the rest of your wedding stationery.

Photo: Pen N’ Paperflowers

Raw Bar Ideas

Oyster Bar, Sushi Bar, Ceviche bar…raw food bars are always a success at wedding receptions or cocktail hours! Just make sure you have the right environment for raw food safety and you are ready to wow your guests!

via Pinterest

Cupcake Bar

Cupcakes are sweet and delicious and can be the prettiest things you’ve seen when they are tastefully displayed. Yes, they have been around for a while, but they remain a crowd-pleaser as much as they ever were.

Photo: Amanda Collins | Planner: Event Prep | Florist: Bartz Viviano | Cupcakes: Cake in a Cup | Venue: Toledo Metroparks 

S’mores Bar

Think gooey grilled Marshmallows, crackers, and chocolate…This is a dessert your guests of all ages will want more and more of! Just make sure to set it up in an outdoor wedding if you want that campfire effect. Otherwise, you can always go for indoor grills.

 Photo: Jenny Rolapp | S’mores: s’mores by La Tea Da by Ruth | Planner: Aletha Stainbrook

Biscuit Bar

A scrumptious biscuit bar is a great option for early cocktail hours, brunch weddings or even post-wedding brunches. These little fluffy cakes are versatile and can be either displayed in fancy elevated ways or in a laid-back rustic style.

 Photo: Olivia Morgan Photography |Planner: Southern Grace Events and Gathering | Florist: Ruby Reds Floral & Garden 

Cookies Bar

Popular, easy to grab and eat at any point, your cookie bar will definitely be crowded throughout the wedding event. Want an extra original touch? Offer them with small flavored milk shots!

Photo: Abby Rose Photo via Bridal Guide

Pizza Station

Here is something that will literally make everyone happy! Pizza stations are a success and easy to hold and eat even while on the dance floor! They are also a great mid-party snack!

Photo: Jenny Quicksall | Venue: Villa Montanare | Planner: Weddings by Silke | Catering: Preludio Catering | Florist: Fineartflowers Tuscany

Salsa Bar

Nachos, Guacamole, and other Mexican food staples can look quite fancy when nicely displayed. So why not add a Salsa station to your wedding and surprise everyone with this unexpected yet favorite food?

 Planner: KMK Design | Photo: Meredith Carty | Florist: Scarlett & Grace | Venue & Catering: Park Winters

Churros Bar

Deep-fried dough and chocolate. Enough said! This is one unique and delicious finger food station idea you’ll want to consider adding to your wedding!

Photo: Surveyor Creative | Coordination:  Party of Two Events | Catering & Venue: Monroe Pearson | via June Bug Weddings

Pie Bar

Pies have that cozy, familial feel. So why not set up a pie bar for your wedding reception? Savory or sweet, these bites will complete the family and friends gathering vibe.

As seen on Etsy

Prosciutto Live Station

We all know cold-cut bars, but how about a live station where your prosciutto is very thinly sliced right in front of you by a master butcher? Can anything be more delicious to watch?

Planner: Bianco Rosa Weddings | Catering: BK1

Pancake Bar

Pancakes are a fun and appreciated addition to your wedding buffet especially when it’s a brunch wedding! Your guests will have fun picking their condiments, sauces and sides.

Photo: Vanilla Photography | Venue: Talloula
Photo: Vanilla Photography | Venue: Talloula

Gin Bar

The best thing about gin is that you can easily pair it with some herbs, sodas, or juices and have an exceptional gin cocktail. So why not let your guests whip up their favorite mixes?

As seen on Pinterest

Whiskey & Cigar Bar

A Whiskey & Cigar bar will certainly be a surprising and much-welcomed addition to your wedding. Take it up a notch by making it a corner and adding some comfy armchairs to have the ultimate lounge feel for your cocktail hour.

Photo: Stephanie Rogers Photography | Florist:  Bouquets of Austin | Catering : The Peached Tortilla

Coffee Bar

How many times have we been to a wedding and felt tired and ready for a little energy shot to be able to keep the party going? Enter the coffee bar! It will guarantee your guests will have enough energy to dance the night away.

Photo: Lauren Rae Photography | Florist: Juli Vaughn Designs

Moscow Mule Bar

Moscow Mule is an underrated drink for weddings! Please your guests by bringing this popular drink back to the wedding scene in style!

Photos: The Desert Rose Co | Hire: Hampton Event Hire | Stylist: Little Gray Station | Bar: Kubarz | Venue: Verandahs House, Byron Bay

Champagne and Beer Bar

This is a drink bar that will accommodate everyone’s taste and mood! Feeling fancy and in the mood for bubbly? Here you go! Are you more in a chill mood and want to grab a beer? And here you go again! It’s all here and beautifully displayed!

Photo: Paper Antler | Venue: The Loft at 132 | Catering: Heritage  | Planning & Design: Elevate Events | Floral: Briar Loft

Are you now ready to step away from traditional wedding food stations and drink bars? We have a lot of inspiration coming up for the creative and unique bride you are, so stay tuned!
Meanwhile, if you need more wedding tips and inspiration or simply want to browse the inspirational work of some of Italy’s finest wedding vendors, planners and venues, just head to WedBoard to start building your dream wedding and connecting directly with the best wedding providers in Italy. And if you are planning a destination wedding in Italy. then we also suggest you check out our round-up of the Top Wedding Food & Drinks to Include in Your Italian Wedding Menu.

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