What do we want? Coffee! When do we want it? At our wedding reception! Wedding reception coffee bars are easier than you might think. You can certainly ask your caterer to whip you up a fancy coffee bar for beaucoup bucks, but DIYing it can be just as easy, especially if you use a few shortcuts.
With the right coffee maker setup, the most delish of flavorings and goodies, and even coffee mug favors, your coffee bar can easily outshine the rest of the food. Let's get our bean faces on and DIY the crap out of a rad reception coffee bar.
Providing pre-made coffee is a great way to serve a lot of guests, but sometimes you want a fresh cuppa joe. Single-serve pods (such as from our sponsor, Keurig) offer something for everyone at your wedding including freshly brewed coffee, tea or hot chocolate with a simple press of a button. The Keurig K575 (pictured here) also comes with an extra-large color touch screen making it easy for guests to brew the perfect cup. Keurig brewers can also fit any size beverage bar and color palette.
Cups, two ways
Speaking of cups: you can either supply disposable paper cups or regular mugs, depending on the number of guests. I love the concept of mismatched “muglies” which can double up as wedding favors. Just scour your local thrift stores for the funkiest mugs you can find.
If you opt for paper cups, you can snag the kind that come with plain sleeves, which you can then DECORATE. Personalize them with your name and/or wedding date… or anything you like.
This is where things get seriously customizable. Here are a few coffee mix-ins and fixins' we'd recommend:
- Sugar and sugar substitutes
- Non-dairy creamer and/or almond/cashew milk (labeled for allergy reasons!)
- Flavored creamers or syrups
- Coffee stirs
- Whipped cream
- Chocolate and caramel sauce
- Cocoa powder
- Cinnamon sticks
Don't forget to provide a little basket or trash bin for discarded wrappings and stirs. And napkins… don't forget those!
This is totally optional, especially if you're already providing noms elsewhere. But cookies, graham crackers, pizzelles, Pirouette cookies, flavored nuts, and other nibbles pair really well with coffee. Just sayin'.
Coffee bar signage
You have to let guests know where everything is, right? Nab yourself a little chalkboard and write up your favorite coffee combination recommendations. Or snag an ultra cute sign from places like Etsy and then keep it for your own at-home coffee bar setup.