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.
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.
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.
- 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.