Five Creative “Make Your Own” Bar Ideas For A Casual Wedding Reception

If you’re hosting a more casual wedding reception, one fun way to serve food to your guests is to present it in a “make-your-own” fashion. Allowing guests to actively participate in the customization and preparation of their food adds a source of entertainment to the evening and also ensures your guests’ taste buds are pleased. Here are five creative make-your-own bar ideas to discuss with your caterer.

Taco Bar

Tacos are a versatile and delicious meal choice that will appeal to guests of all ages. Ask your caterer if they can set out an arrangement of several different meats, along with fillings like guacamole, onions, lettuce, beans, rice, and various cheeses. Let guests choose hard or soft taco shells, and then stuff them with their own favorite fillings.

Steak Topper Bar

If your wedding is a bit more on the formal side, a steak topper bar provides a touch of class without seeming pretentious. Have your caterer prepare steaks to order for each guest, and then set up a bar with toppings like blue cheese, caramelized onions, sauteed mushrooms, and various homemade sauces.

Asian Noodle Bar

You may have to do some hunting to find a caterer who is willing to set this up for you, but if you can manage to find one, an Asian noodle bar is a dinner choice that will have guests talking about your wedding for ages. The premise is pretty simple. Guests fill their bowls with noodles, vegetables, sauces, and other Asian ingredients. They hand their bowl off to a chef, who stir fries it in a hot wok and then gives it back to them to enjoy.

Popcorn Bar

If you don’t want to serve your entire meal make-your-own style, consider having a popcorn bar set up after dinner so guests can snack. Provide bowls of popcorn, along with various toppings ranging from nuts to cheese powder. Let guests make their own popcorn snack in a resealable bag, so they can take it home if they prefer.

Hot Chocolate Bar

For weddings held on chilly fall or winter nights, a hot chocolate bar can provide the perfect end to the evening. Have your caterer (like Craig Gary & Emily) set out toppings like whipped cream, candy cane bits, shaved chocolate, and even ice cream, which guests can add to pre-filled mugs of hot chocolate.

Make-your-own bars are becoming more popular at weddings, so it is not to difficult to find a caterer who is willing to work with you on this style of setup. Keep in mind that snack-style bars like the hot chocolate bar and popcorn bar are relatively simple, and you can likely have a family member set them up if you have the main meal catered.