Bright Occasions, Reception Inspiration, Not your Typical BarProbably the best thing about planning a reception is the opportunity to be creative with food. As a self proclaimed foodie, I can’t help but get excited at the prospect. There are so many different fun ways to serve food that will make your guest’s eyes light up in surprise and wonder. And really, what are the three most memorable things about a wedding? Topping that list has to be number one: the couple (of course!), number two: the decor and following in a close third: the food! Now specifically  we’re talking about the bar at a reception. But not just the typical beverage bar…much better than that! From your candy bar to your pizza bar, this post will give every diehard foodie the inspiration to make their wedding reception dreams come true!

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  • Sushi Bar
  • Popcorn Bar
  • Pizza Bar
  • Taco Bar
  • Olives, Oil, & Bread Bar
  • Cheese Bar
  • Crab & Shrimp Bar (on ice)
  • Spud Bar (french fries, potato wedges, tater tots, baked potatoes)

Really the list could go on and on! The ideas are endless in this particular department. If you have any family favorites or traditions, this is the perfect way to incorporate these food selections without making them a main course.


Dessert Bars-

  • Caramel Apple Bar
  • Candy Bar
  • Milk & Cookie Bar
  • Donut Bar
  • S’mores Bar
  • Cupcake Bar
  • Chocolate Bar

Just the idea of some of these dessert stations makes our eyes turn into two big giant hearts. Can you imagine how fun and beautiful any of these options would turn out?


Beverage Bars- (The non-alcoholic kind)

  • Coffee Bar
  • Hot Chocolate Bar
  • Lemonade Stand
  • Apple Cider Bar

There are great beverage options for any time of the year. Whether it’s an ice cold lemonade on a blistering hot day, or a warm and spicy apple cider to hold onto during a chilly winter night, your guests will definitely appreciate these beverage bars!

We hope you loved some of these reception ideas as much as we did!

Xoxo, Cecilia – –