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9 Creative Ideas for Bar Cart Styling at Weddings {or Drinks Trolley Styling}

When it comes to styling for special events, a bar cart is certainly a popular choice for displaying the drinks. It’s also perfect for creating a beautiful presentation of the desserts or snacks. For those outside the US they are often called the Drink Trolley. As Carol of Lily and Lavender Events says, it’s a sweet and sophisticated name for the cart.

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Today, I’m sharing with you 9 Creative Ideas for Styling Bar Carts at Weddings {or even bridal showers, engagement parties . . . gatherings of all kinds}. There's even ideas for the different seasons too.

#1 Boho Chic

This Boho Chic Farm Wedding Cart helped display the stunning drip wedding cake. The cake {that’s topped with a golden pear and figs} is displayed on a vintage cake server and a gold bar cart.
— created by Sarah Sofia Productions

Wedding Bar Cart Inspiration from a Boho Chic Farm Wedding - created by Sarah Sofia Productions - click to see all 9 Creative Ideas Bar Cart Styling on - the wedding planning guide for fresh ideas for creative weddings

#2 Summer Season

For a summer soiree, you will likely love this gold bar cart with the pineapple drinks and flamingo lights. It's a perfect choice for bridal showers or engagement parties in the backyard or even a bachelorette party.
— created by Sarah Sofia Productions

#3 Bar Cart turned Snack Station

This wooden bar cart that’s used for displaying snacks is super pretty with the pops of color and the paper doilies on the wall behind it. For the super pretty and economical wall decor, the variety pack of doilies from the Dollar Store was used to create the garland.
— created by Lori of Giggle Living

#4 Holiday Season

If your event is during the winter months - why not plan a gingerbread house decorating party and display the hot cocoa bar on a mirrored top bar cart?
— created by Sarah Sofia Productions

#5 Mimosa Station

This bridal shower brunch from the Creative DIY Wedding Ideas post features a Mimosa Station that’s served on a darling vintage serving cart.
— created by Carolina of Mint Event Designs

#6 Fall Season

Planning an event in the fall? Look at this gorgeous bar cart/drink station from which features a signature cocktail, Cinnamon Cider Cooler, in the carafe. You can also find the recipe on her site for the cocktail.
— created by Alyssa of Just a Little Sparkle

#7 Spring Season

You may remember this Shortcakes and Springtime bar cart from the Creative Wedding Ideas for Spring post which features sparkling lemonade and champagne. Sweet extras include the pretty fabric garland with a Lettered Banner and the swizzle sticks adorned with blueberries.
— created by Lori of Giggle Living

#8 Glamour Gold

Keep your styling light and airy with a Vintage Gold Drinks Trolley that includes the choice of sparkling water, Prosecco or a kiwi, pear and elderflower cocktail.
— created by Carol of Lily and Lavender Events

#9 Festive Fun

For a festive flair - you can place a large mirror behind the bar cart for added depth. Plus, it really makes the twinkling lights sparkle a bit more and provides a great place to drape a Bubbly Bar lettered banner.
— created by Lori of Giggle Living

When styling with bar carts, this is one investment that you will want to make as you can use it again and again at each party you host in the future. As Alyssa of Just a Little Sparkle says “They’re convenient, small and a great thing to style differently each time.” So, don’t forget, when creating your wedding registry, add a bar cart to your registry list and be ready for styling fun each time you entertain.

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Exclusive Bridal Gift Sets with The Garter Girl and Marigold Grey

The Garter Girl, created by Julianne, is known for her Stylish Wedding Garters & Modern Heirloom Bridal Garter. I'm loving that she's now collaborating with artisan gift designer, Jamie of Marigold & Grey, to bring you two exclusive bridal gift sets that you will love.

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Each curated bridal gift box comes with one of Julianne's stylish wedding garters tucked inside. There’s the Blush Gift Set and the Something Blue Gift Set. Wait until you see the goodies tucked inside each of the boxes.

This is the ultimate blush gift for the bride. It's the perfect gift choice for a bridal shower or something special for the bride. This gift box includes a modern heirloom bridal garter and carefully curated surprises that are sure to spoil the bride-to-be.

This Blush Wedding Gift Box includes a pine wood slide-top box, one “For the Bride to Be” calligraphy gift tag, gold lettered Mrs. mug, Petite Four bath bombs, Formulary 55 body scrub, candle in French lavender scent, and two gold polka dot matchboxes.

This something blue bride gift is the perfect choice for an engagement present or a bridal shower gift. The bride to be will love the thoughtful treats that are tucked inside with the pretty bridal garter.

This Something Blue Wedding Gift Box includes a whitewashed seagrass basket, a “Something Blue” calligraphy gift tag, Essie nail polish in “Borrowed & Blue”, Rosebud salve, Plum Pretty Sugar eye mask, and Sugarfina Champagne Bubbles gummies.

Romantic Elopement in Hawaii with Marianne Blackham Photography

A gorgeous elopement with a peaceful ceremony is today’s wedding feature with Business Club member Marianne Blackham Photography. The couple chose Oahu as the island of choice because of their love for the ocean and the Hawaiian culture. They had a nice, quiet and luxurious elopement followed by gorgeous wedding photos ending at sunset.

Gorgeous beach themed wedding invitation with a seahorse wax seal - from a Romantic Elopement in Hawaii on the island of Oahu - photo by Marianne Blackham Photography - see more on
Beautiful beach themed tablesetting with sequin table runner - from a Romantic Elopement in Hawaii on the island of Oahu - photo by Marianne Blackham Photography - see more on
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Photographer: Marianne Blackham Photography
Invitation Designer: Dreamcatcher Stationery
Event Planner: Events Design By Claudia
Beauty: Nails By Marees
Wedding Garters: The Garter Girl by Julianne Smith
Officiant: Wedding Officiant For Love
Signage: Weddings By Joedi

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Moody + Dramatic Wedding Ideas : How to Go Beyond Wedding White

Today's featured styled shoot is filled to the brim with amazing, moody and dramatic inspiration. The wedding ideas are so striking with the use of dramatic color - which was inspired by bridal black. This shoot is gorgeously photographed by Chantal Routhier Photography and takes place on a llama farm. 

The goal of this wedding inspiration was to go with something darker and a tad more edgier than typical. Bridal black was the inspiration behind this stylized wedding shoot and the wedding dress was even black and white and is truly a work of art. Even the flatware was custom painted black and a silk table runner was dyed to match the wedding dress.

Many different elements were incorporated into this inspiration to make the dark, yet dreamy shoot come true . . . including rich hues, raw crystal and geometric shapes. Wait until you see the black wedding cake . . . the texture and shape are outstanding - as are the sugar flowers.

Don't miss the HUGE wedding photo gallery filled with Moody + Dramatic Wedding Ideas below the vendor credits.

Wedding Vendors:
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Photographer: Chantal Routhier Photography // Jewelry: Earth Goddess Designs // Makeup Artist: Elle Munster // Cake Designer: Just Iced Custom Cakes // Fashion Designer: Katrina Tuttle Bridal // Veils and headpieces: Oh Dina! // Calligrapher: Scribble and Script // Design and Decor: Sky's The Limit Design // Hair Stylist: Tara Flemming // Floral Designer: The Humble Burdock

Submitted via Two Bright Lights
Click Here to Shop Oh Dina for Wedding Flower Crowns and DIY Bachelorette Kits

Click Here to Shop Oh Dina for Wedding Flower Crowns and DIY Bachelorette Kits

For all Brides: Win a $350 Gift Card for Spa Pampering

Calling every Bride to Be - it’s your chance to Enter To Win the Gift of Pampering with a $350 Gift Card to Spa Finder. It’s time to relax before your big day and celebrate the upcoming I Do’s.

I've teamed up with a group of amazingly talented ladies in the wedding industry that are ready to make you relaxed and loving the pre-wedding stages of your special day.

To enter, simply complete the following form and then see below for more details:

1. Follow all 7 of the following Instagram Accounts
2. Like the giveaway photo on each of our pages {the one that looks like the photo below}.
It's super simple and easy!

There's even bonus entries too shared on Instagram :)

Contest runs through next Monday April 10, 2017 at 11:59 pm EST. Accounts must be made public through the giveaway period and for 48 hours after the giveaway ends while we verify entries. This giveaway is not sponsored or endorsed by Instagram Inc or SpaFinder Wellness 365. By entering you release them of all responsibility and agree to their terms of use. Must be 18 to enter and void where prohibited. Contest is open Worldwide.

photo courtesy of Wedding Planning Guide Member @marianne.blackham