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How to Create an Open Bar for the DIY Bride

I love weddings, after all I am a wedding blogger but sometimes planning these celebrations can create headaches and one of those pains is the cost of a wedding.  While budget conundrums are typical for most bride and grooms, we are tailor focusing on how to create an open bar for the DIY bride that will look like a million bucks without making your bank account cry a river! While brides gush over beautiful flower arrangements and which designer dress she adores, the Groom is usually more laser focused on the budget; and since alcohol can take up a big chunk, creating a DIY open bar will give the groom a project that he can be involved in the wedding and this is something you can use in a backyard for entertaining and garden parties!  Win, win!

This concept is perfect for backyard celebrations which are currently trending in the world of budget brides!

DIY bar signs(Image by  Brent Van Auken Photography)

What you’ll need…

If the groom to be is not very handy you can send him to Ikea where he can buy one like this from Ikea for around $100 but you will still have to buy the tops to match.  This is still much less expensive than renting one, and you will be able to use this in your home.  If this is still outside of your budget you can use videos like this one to build one yourself.  Once you have the bar ready, adding a sink is easy and a must if you want this to be as professional as possible.

bar light up sign

(Image via Sunny Slide Up)

How to make it pretty enough for your wedding

  •   Hydrangeas are a great flower to use on a large surface such as a bar.  The blooms are either pink, blue, or white so regardless of what colors your wedding party wears white will always match.
  •     Table cloths can be as simple or as detailed as you would like!  If you can’t find one that fits your taste, you can buy fabric and call your friends with sowing machines, this is a easy project for a person that can sow.
  •     Adding  decorative bar sinks that gives your bar a “pop” of color is a very simple way to add elegance without adding cost.  Try adding a gold colored sink, or if you really want it to match you can always paint it yourself!
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