21 beverage dispensers that'll make your hydration station look like art

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21 beverage dispensers that'll make your hydration station look like art
I've noticed in my wedding shooting days that serve-yourself hydration stations were becoming more and more popular. And for good reason — no need to hire staff to re-fill your drinks, your guests can get refreshed at will, great for weddings on hot days, and they also look really pretty! Just look at those beehive beverage dispensers pictured above. When any of these are filled with colored liquid like bright sun teas, fruit filled water, or sangria, they're like refreshing colorful wedding decor.

If you're thinking of setting out some drink dispensers, here are a few options that will not only serve up yummy liquids, but will look good doing it — and match your wedding decor from vintage-style to nerdy or gothic.

Wyndham HouseTM 65oz Globe Beverage DispenserThis globe was the dispenser that kicked off my search for more amazing finds.

Tag Vintage Jar Drink DispenserThis green hand-blown bubble glass dispenser has a vintage charm that makes me want to make this a permanent part of my home decor.

CreativeWare 3-Gallon Beverage DispenserThis Creativewear three gallon beverage dispenser is UNBREAKABLE, bitches! This will last through ALL your raging parties — wedding and beyond.

CreativeWare 3-Gallon Beverage Dispenser texturedThis one is also by Creativewear, but it's got some cool texture detail to it that I really like.

Artland Inc 2 Part 2 Gallon Beverage JarLoving the extra level of storage on this guy. The bottom section can be filled with ice for cooling beverages, or removed for serving ice cubes or fruit garnish. And I love an elevated spigot.

Godinger Chapel Hill 2 gal Glass Beverage DispenserAnd now we're back into fancy pants silver dispenser land with mouth-blown glass and a nickel-plated, tarnish-resistant metal base.

Artland Inc Pedestal Beverage ServerI just LOVE the look of this Artland pedestal-style beverage jar.

Glasslock GL-517 Beverage Dispenser 1-8 GallonsThe Gasslock beverage dispensers come in four different colors, are eco-friendly, look amazing, and are under $30.

Corelle Coordinates Simple Lines Ceramic Beverage DispenserThe Simple Lines ceramic beverage dispenser is sexy and modern, just like you. (Winky face.)

Paris Hammered Glass Beverage DispenserThis one, with its hammered glass and wrought iron-looking stand, would be perfect for a goth wedding.

Stylesetter Double Stacked Glass Beverage Dispenser- Each SectionCheck out the double-stacking action on this guy!

You don't always see beverage dispensers that are square… AND ribbed for her pleasure.

Global Amici-Hexagonal Glass Beverage DispenserIt's no globe, but I'm digging the hexagonal shape and I LOVE the pretty blue color of this 3 1/4 gallon recycled glass jar.

Style Setter Blackboard Beverage Dispenser Set with StandOoh: A set of two large mason jar dispensers with stand — how convenient! And how charming!

Artland Inc Twice As Nice Beverage ServeFor smaller weddings, this dual dispenser only takes up the space of ONE, and has storage underneath.

Beak the Heat Beverage Dispenser
I adore this Thirsty Bird Portable Water Dispenser. Just slide in the trio of slim legs, twist on a bottle, and then push or pull the petite crimson bird that's perched on its nozzle to make the refreshments flow!

Beehive drink dispensers!? Holy crap these are cute.

41GMs129-BLThis one comes with a bonus chalkboard to let your guests know which beverage is which is super-cute style!

Mason Jar Drink Dispenser with Reversible Galvanized Stand and Ice BucketWhere my Mason Jar lovers at? You're gonna flip over these Mason Jar drink dispenser with reversible galvanized stand/ice bucket.

Style setter colorful mason jar dispenserI'm going to end this roundup on these awesome colorful Mason Jar-style beverage dispensers. They come in red, green, blue, and purple. Artistic beverage dispensing DONE!

  1. Wow. I never knew my life was lacking drink dispensers. But it is. It totally is.

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  2. We have ours bought. Two are really pretty with silver glass lid and base, the other two are more casual but we are going to paint the lid to match the mirrored glass on the others. I'm really looking forward to the hydration station! I think it's going to be a hit!

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  3. ZOMG. How did I not find those mason jar dispensers when I was planning my mason-jar themed wedding??

    Oh. The price, that's how. :(

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  4. NOOOOOOOO! Why are my favorite ones "currently unavailable" on Amazon!?! SADNESS! I was totally prepped to buy one right here right now, for no other reason than they are awesome and I want one.

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      • The globe AND the 3-in-1 one! Hooray Google shopping….. :)

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        • Oh no! Must've sold out right quick. Sorry!

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  5. I WANT THE BEE HIVE ONES. Seriously, FH is a mead maker and I those would be awesome to serve mead out of.

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  6. I'm pretty sure I need to buy that fire hydrant dispencer for my Dad! :-)

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  7. These are so cool and practical. LOOVE the globe. Gotta love function and looks.

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  8. Megan, this is the best porn post I have ever seen on OBB. Yeah, I might maybe have brought home a beautiful 1.5-gallon apothecary-jar style glass beverage dispenser last night. I LURVE it. I said to my sweetie, "This beverage dispenser represents to me the foundation of our wedding style." I took pictures of me hugging it. (I know that's weird.) I got it off of Craigslist and it cost me $10, and I am sooooo happy and materialistic about it I can't STAND myself.

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  9. Ohh, I love this. I like the inexpensive, unbreakable ones – I had already been looking at getting that one. But now there's so. many. to. choose. from. (and how to explain to my partner that you can really spend time trying to decide which drink dispenser? :-D)

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    • I bought 2 of the creativewear dispensers and they are BEYOND awesome! Wedding isn't until August and I'm storing them at my sister's so she used one this past weekend for a party with crazy drunk hockey guys and everyone thought it was amazing! :)

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    • the unbreakable ones are nice and affordable, too bad the spout isn't unbreakable :( mine is out of order till i figure something out

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  10. I bought a bee-hive one very similar the the one shown, but I paid $20 at TJ MAxx. The one on Amazon.com at $44 is ridiculous. Sometimes buying stuff online is really not the way to go.

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    • Sadly, not everyone has a TJ Maxx around them. I'm pretty sure the small town in northern Michigan where I used to live would probably have maybe 2 places where you could buy anything like this within about 100 miles, and they would both probably charge well over $100 for it (and that really is not an exaggeration). During that time, amazon/internet shopping was my bestest friend.

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      • Plus, being able to link directly to where you can buy these beauties is pretty nice, instead of just saying something like "can buy at TJ Maxx… if you happen to know what that is in China….". I say HOORAY ONLINE SHOPPING! :) (And hooray local shopping too, of course!)

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  11. We have the gas station pump because we found it on sale in a store. I love it. It harbors our whiskey and is cute and easy to use/ wash!

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  12. Some timing! We're providing beer and wine, and in lieu of a bar at Cocktail Hour we're putting out dispensers of vodka and cranberry juice (with floating eyeballs of course) for our Halloween wedding. We've discovered it helps A TON to have friends who work for Macys. They get great discounts on top of all the sales.

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  13. WOW! so many great finds!
    I'll bet the "goth" one would be great filled with absinthe

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  14. The only problem I have with drink dispensers is most of them leave that 2 inch space between the bottom of the jug and the spigot.

    I am afraid someone would break the glass all over the floor trying to tilt a condensation-covered beverage dispenser to get at the last bit.

    The globe and gas station ones look like they don't have that problem, but they're not quite my decor cup'o'tea.

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  15. I have the third one. It is really nice to have not only for weddings but picnics and other get togethers as well. I saw one at the Marriott and it was in the shape of a triangle! I want one of those.

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  16. These are all so cool! My favorite is the wrought iron one. Very classy!

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  17. Ahhhhhhhhhhh, this is an amazing post–Megan, I swear everything you post speaks to my *soul*. I've been 100% for the idea of refreshments at ceremony but blank on "dispensers"– now I have a direction to go in!

    Does anyone know how many cups per gallon (not much of a math person here, clearly… lol)?

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    • 16 cups…but if you use smaller glasses, you could probably get 18-20 "drinks" out a gallon. It forces people to only get what they will consumer – no half-finished punch cups everywhere. :-)

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    • Aw! Smerby! That just made my day. Gracias! :)

      And thankfully Sara came in clutch with the math facts there. Soul speaking, I can do. Math, not-so-much.

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  18. what a great & unique idea, I would never have thought of this! I love it!

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  19. Beware ones with the spouts too high.

    You don't have access to that portion of your drink. That three-piece stand one makes have your liquid useless. :(

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  20. ribbed for her pleasure
    heehee

    only on the offbeat empire can you get innappropriate comments about drink dispensers!!!

    I bet offbeat home readers would love this post too for summer BBQs

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  21. We have the beehive one and it has come in handy in many occasions, especially for a "Sweet as can Bee" Baby Shower. The only problem is that the spicket (sp?)is very slow. We usually just end up taking the top off and scooping with a ladle.

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  22. They just had large drink-dispensers on sale at my local Costco. Now…I want. All of these.

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  23. I've got the dispensers, but I'd love some "offbeat" ideas for what to fill them with! Has anyone had any trouble with limitations set by the venue on what you can and cannot serve in these things? Ideally, I'd like to fill them with signature alcoholic drinks.

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  24. Has anyone tried to serve soda out of one of these dispensers? I see them filled with lemonade, tea, and water, but I wonder whether pouring the soda in causes it to fizz out too quickly. I am planning to have a beverage station, but a wedding day without Pepsi would be a sad day.

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  25. For our Mexican-American wedding, we are planning to serve "Aguas de Sabor", essentially a long line of containers with a rainbow of natural fruit flavors. We love to head out of our home in Mexico and find our local Aguas vendor. My particular favorite is cucumber water, but watermelon, pineapple and guava waters are some of the most colorful.

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  26. The globe dispenser will be perfect for our planetarium/science themed wedding!

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  27. Gaaa! With the wedding 2 days away it's too late to put one of these on the registry. What was I thinking leaving out a fab drink dispenser? Sigh.

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  28. I LOVE drink dispensers. But the cheap ones that I've had in the past all had leaky problems. And the ones I love are too expensive now that I'm on a budget (although you betcha sweet cheeks they're on the wedding registry). So for my wedding I'm looking at Apothecary Jars that I can use a ladle with so I don't have to worry about leaky spouts. Some of the jars I've seen look exactly like the dispensers above, but half the price! And I can use them as vases around the home later instead of stuffing it in a cabinet!!

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  29. These are all so awesome and I've looked into buying about half of them. However, they are either too expensive or what Kelsey said, the affordable (read: cheap) ones leak. I just posted a journal entry about how I am going to solve my beverage dispenser dilemma!

    http://tribe.offbeatbride.com/journals/2013/05/diy-beverage-dispenser-that-wont-break-my-budget

    Kelsey – I don't know if your wedding is inside or outside but keep bugs in mind. I wanted to do the ladle thing but Chicago in July in a backyard is not a bug nor falling leaf nor random-floating-object free zone.

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  30. Hi. Does anyone have a great idea on how to keep condensation from dripping on the table or counter? I have the bee hive dispenser and the condensation ends up pooling on the table. Thanks. Jasmin

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  31. Where would I find the glass drink dispenser that has a spigot and two chambers, one for the drink and one for ice or fruits and flowers? I think it was around $200.
    Thanks

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  32. Is it safe to store water for drinking n a daily basis? Will the metal part of the sprout, on the inside, be health hazardous ?

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