21 beverage dispensers that'll make your hydration station look like art #Food#beverages#decor#food April 17 2012 | Megan Finley Horowitz meggyfin 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. This globe was the dispenser that kicked off my search for more amazing finds. This green hand-blown bubble glass dispenser has a vintage charm that makes me want to make this a permanent part of my home decor. This Creativewear three gallon beverage dispenser is UNBREAKABLE, bitches! This will last through ALL your raging parties — wedding and beyond. This one is also by Creativewear, but it's got some cool texture detail to it that I really like. Loving 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. And now we're back into fancy pants silver dispenser land with mouth-blown glass and a nickel-plated, tarnish-resistant metal base. I just LOVE the look of this Artland pedestal-style beverage jar. The Gasslock beverage dispensers come in four different colors, are eco-friendly, look amazing, and are under $30. The Simple Lines ceramic beverage dispenser is sexy and modern, just like you. (Winky face.) This one, with its hammered glass and wrought iron-looking stand, would be perfect for a goth wedding. Check out the double-stacking action on this guy! You don't always see beverage dispensers that are square… AND ribbed for her pleasure. It'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. Ooh: A set of two large mason jar dispensers with stand — how convenient! And how charming! For smaller weddings, this dual dispenser only takes up the space of ONE, and has storage underneath. 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. This one comes with a bonus chalkboard to let your guests know which beverage is which is super-cute style! Where my Mason Jar lovers at? You're gonna flip over these Mason Jar drink dispenser with reversible galvanized stand/ice bucket. I'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! Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo Megan Finley Horowitz When Megan's not writing, traveling, and sleeping, she's eating like the fate of the world depends on it. (You're welcome, world!) You can snoop into her personal life over on her website The Dash and Dine! @meggyfin @thedashanddine @meggyfin PREVIOUS Simone & Dave's chill summer picnic wedding NEXT New England's Real Wedding Films are NOT your average wedding videos Show/Hide comments [ 51 ] Wow. I never knew my life was lacking drink dispensers. But it is. It totally is. Reply Im with ya Reply 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! Reply 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. 🙁 Reply 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. Reply Was it the globe? Reply The globe AND the 3-in-1 one! Hooray Google shopping….. 🙂 Reply Oh no! Must've sold out right quick. Sorry! Reply I WANT THE BEE HIVE ONES. Seriously, FH is a mead maker and I those would be awesome to serve mead out of. Reply I'm pretty sure I need to buy that fire hydrant dispencer for my Dad! 🙂 Reply These are so cool and practical. LOOVE the globe. Gotta love function and looks. Reply 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. Reply HA! That's hilarious. You go on and hug your fancy foundational wedding apothecary jar-style dispenser. And I would like to see that photo. 😉 Reply http://sphotos.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/543030_10150787050145932_743940931_11979711_1254449844_n.jpg Reply YES! Even better than I thought it'd be! Reply 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) Reply 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! 🙂 Reply the unbreakable ones are nice and affordable, too bad the spout isn't unbreakable 🙁 mine is out of order till i figure something out Reply Awesome! Full of nice ideas! thanks for all Reply 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. Reply 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. Reply 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!) Reply 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! Reply 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. Reply WOW! so many great finds! I'll bet the "goth" one would be great filled with absinthe Reply 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. Reply 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. Reply These are all so cool! My favorite is the wrought iron one. Very classy! Reply 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)? Reply 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. 🙂 Reply 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. Reply We bought two of these for our wedding in two months. http://www.zgallerie.com/p-1835-apothecary-beverage-dispenser.aspx Reply what a great & unique idea, I would never have thought of this! I love it! Reply LOVE these. Just bought ours 2 days ago hahaha For my Canadian brides….we got these at Canadian Tire. Super cute, non-breakable, BPA free and only $30 bucks! http://www.canadiantire.ca/AST/browse/8/KitchenBath/Dinnerware/Servingware/PRD~1422301P/Bark+Clear+Design+Beverage+Dispenser.jsp?locale=en Reply 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. 🙁 Reply 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 Reply 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. Reply They just had large drink-dispensers on sale at my local Costco. Now…I want. All of these. Reply 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. Reply 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. Reply We got these at Sam's Club for $16 each! (they seem to be a couple bucks more online than in store) They are pretty nice, and unbreakable. http://www.samsclub.com/sams/shop/product.jsp?productId=prod1830541&navAction= Plus, they have an empty space under the beverage compartment to put decoration type things to tie it into your theme. That feature did it for me. Reply 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. Reply The globe dispenser will be perfect for our planetarium/science themed wedding! Reply 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. Reply 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!! Reply 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. Reply 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 Reply 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 Reply 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 ? Reply We got four of the beehive ones, but with gorgeous metal stands, double the capacity, and a tiny fraction of Amazon's price here: http://www.webstaurantstore.com/core-2-4-gallon-glass-beverage-dispenser-with-metal-stand-12-x-10-1-2-x-19-1-2/553040067KIT.html These were *amazing*. No issues with leaking, clogging, or slow pours. Reply Has anyone tried using a drink dispenser to dispense honey? Does it work? Reply Leave a Reply to Jen Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Sign me up for your offbeat awesomeness newsletter! No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy. 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