5 Reasons You Should Build A Wedding Bar

Last weekend, I stood up in the wedding of two of my greatest friends. Everything about it was amazing – the food, the band, the venue, and especially, the beer. The wedding was in Ithaca, NY, where my friends currently live, so they had two kegs of Green Trail IPA from Ithaca Beer Co. and two kegs of Ommegang Witte, one of my personal favs.

The best part of all of this? The bar pictured below. My friends, Sarah and Travis (bride and groom), built that bar, with the help of yours truly – all of the draft beer equipment provided by KegWorks. After seeing the finished product, and watching all of their guests drool over it, I was left with a strong urge to tell you all about it.


But more than just saying, “Look at this cool thing my friends did,” I want to tell you why this is a great idea for your wedding as well. Here are my top 5 reasons.

1.) It’s the Ultimate Accent

My friends had a barn wedding with a folky feel. So they went with a really simple design on the bar, but it fit the entire atmosphere wonderfully. In fact, the addition of the bar really set off the rest of their accents. No matter your theme, you can make your bar fit.

2.) Money Savings

Look, weddings are expensive enough. Between the food, facility, band, photographer, and whatever-the-heck else, the bills stack up quickly. Now, for most of us – at least those reading this blog – alcohol is a must at a wedding. Kegs are just cheaper. Cut out liquor, and you’ll save even more money.

Assembling the wedding bar

two tap wall mount refrigerator conversion kit

This is the kit my friends used to make the bar

Assembling the Sawdusty Saints Wedding Bar

3.) It’s Low Maintenance

Forget constantly stocking bins, tables, and coolers with canned and bottled beers. Hook up your kegs, ice ‘em down, and enjoy the party while the beer flows freely.

4.) You’ll Own That Bar Forever

After the wedding, the bar is yours. Keep it in your house, your garage, your basement – wherever.

K&K Wedding Beer Bar

Another wedding bar built by KegWorks customer, Glen Hawk

5.) It’s a Conversation Starter

Beyond people simply seeing the bar and asking about it, it’s a magnet for smaller, more private gatherings and a great way for guests to get to know each other.


If you’d like to learn more about building a bar or outfitting a draft system for your wedding, give us a call – 877.636.3673.


Since posting this last summer, a lot of people have been asking for specific plans on how to build this bar. Below are the materials they used, a few more photos, along with a diagram they drew to illustrate the building process.

Materials Needed:

  • Kegerator Conversion Kit  
  • 5 Pallets (Contact a local businesses or do a simple Google search to find pallets in your area for a nominal cost)
  • 2 Pine Boards – 7” x ½” (Likely available at your local hardware store) 





Now, this particular bar was a custom job. My friend put it together without instructions, and made up a lot as he went. For an easier, step-by-step instructional guide, check out this piece over at Instructables.com.

If you need more information about the draft beer equipment you’ll need for this project, feel free to give us a call at 877-636-3673.

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Caleb Houseknecht

I'm the Social Media Organizer and Content Writer at KegWorks. When I'm not blogging about beer, cocktails, and spirits, I'm usually reading, watching movies, playing music, or spending time with family.


  • Toni July 5, 2015 @ 10:05pm

    Could you email me the directions on how to build this?

  • Kelley July 7, 2015 @ 8:59am

    Beautiful work! Im building a bar for my wedding, can you direct me to some how-to information? And how are y’all keeping the kegs cold?

    • Cindy martin April 10, 2016 @ 5:55pm

      Thank you

  • Kami July 19, 2015 @ 6:59pm

    looks great, can you email me directions and where to purchase kit please?

  • Anthony Rubolotta July 27, 2015 @ 12:59pm

    Thanks for the inspiration, and the parts to get the job done!

  • Lea Sorenson July 28, 2015 @ 3:08pm

    This looks GREAT!! Did anyone get any advice for how they cooled the kegs?

  • Amanda August 11, 2015 @ 7:11pm

    i love these DIY beer bar! I want to build one for my
    Wedding next year, could you please send me an email of how to build? Thank you!!!

  • Janelle August 18, 2015 @ 3:13pm

    Hello! I really want to make this and suprise my fiance! How long do they usually take to make and what do i need to get started to make it! Thanks

  • Anais August 19, 2015 @ 2:41pm

    I, like everybody else, absolutely LOVE this bar! Could u email me the supplies list and directions on how-to build this beauty?? Thanks in advance!

  • Molly August 24, 2015 @ 7:22pm

    I am totally interested if you have plans you are emailing… would be a huge help!

  • Sarah August 30, 2015 @ 11:17am

    Hi! Would love to do this for our wedding! Could you please send us any How To information? Thanks!!

  • Sandy September 1, 2015 @ 12:04pm

    I LOVE this!!! Can you email me the instructions on how to do this? Are the kegs just iced down in a trash can?

  • dave lucey January 20, 2016 @ 9:25am

    just wondering where I can get the keg hardware kit.spouts ect.

    • Caitlin Hartney February 4, 2016 @ 2:09pm

      Hi, Dave. Sorry for the delayed response. The gentleman who built the wedding bar featured on the blog used this Kegerator Conversion Kit. It is available on our website here. I hope this helps!

  • Will March 7, 2016 @ 11:20am

    This looks great! My question is in regards to the foam/head level of the beer from a bar like this? I assume it’s going to be a bit foamier than normal because while the kegs are being chilled the lines are not. Did anyone find this as a concern or issue? And if so any ideas on how to address it? Thanks!

  • Victoria July 23, 2016 @ 1:02pm

    Beautiful job, Im building a bar for my wedding next year, can you send me some how-to directions and a supply list? Thanks

    • Caitlin Hartney July 25, 2016 @ 10:27am

      Hi, Victoria. To create a basic wedding bar like the one pictured, you’ll need a kegerator conversion kit (link below), 5 pallets (contact a local business or do a simple Google search to find pallets in your area), and 2 pine Boards – 7” x ½” (likely available at your local hardware store). The blog post has a photo of the diagram our friends used, as well as a link to more specific instructions. Hope this helps!

      Conversion kit: https://www.kegworks.com/kit-two-tap-wall-mount-conv-kit-w-5-co2-tank/

  • Howard June 4, 2017 @ 11:19am

    M y brother and I built one for my grand-daughter’s wedding. It was a big hit.Some people wanted to know how to build one. I used red cedar boards, I cut the boards different widths to form a pattern. I then used lent seed oil to keep the color. Plus I installed wheels so they could move it . Thanks for the idea and instructions

    • christy June 19, 2017 @ 1:43pm

      I am a wedding coordinator and I rent our décor as well. My husband is going to build this for me and we are wondering what hook ups we need for the kegs. I saw the kit but I don’t think we need the tank,,,? If ppl were to rent a keg and use the bar can you tell me what all we would need? What did you use?

  • christy June 19, 2017 @ 1:42pm

    Hey there,
    I am a wedding coordinator and I rent our décor as well. My husband is going to build this for me and we are wondering what hook ups we need for the kegs. I saw your kit but I don’t think we need the tank,,,? If ppl were to rent a keg and use the bar can you tell me what all we would need?

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