by Sheena Kalso
That’s a wrap! going a little loony by the end of a long day. 🙂
Seattle Bride Magazine gave us the distinct privilege to create some unique “bar” concepts beyond the booze (or desserts). What we love about bars of any kind is that it invites guests into an interactive experience. Anything people can get their hands on immediately engages them beyond simply looking at a pretty room. Now they’re an active part of this room.
Designer Kristine and I brainstormed concepts the would speak to the Seattle Bride or Groom and we leaned into three thats-so-Seattle trends: Coffee, Tattoos and Ramen. Here’s the thinking behind each scene and how you can recreate it at your wedding or special event.
Booze & Beans Bar
Coffee and Seattle is so synonymous that it’s rather cliché. However, it’s so a part of our culture how can we ignore it? Also, how do we jazz it up for a wedding?
We know when things are artisanal and custom, people flock, which would explain the pour over coffee craze. We asked Convoy Coffee, who can pedal their pour over station to your event, to be our coffee caterer. Then we created a simple 4×8 ft wall as our backdrop to anchor the area. Using coffee shop chalk art, and adorning the wall with floral, we brought the corner coffee experience to the guests.
Now, if they want to “make it Irish” we put an airline shot station nearby for guests to customize.
Credits: Pour-over coffee service and bicycle coffee cart from Convoy Coffee. “Dexter” dark-stained wood console table with removable trays and gold trim, wooden candlesticks and “Emerson” mahogany three-tiered table available from Wander Event Rentals. Customized stir-sticks from Pomp & Revel. Native greenery wall arrangement and bouquets provided by Rusted Vase Floral Co. Chalkboard art by Chalk Boss.
The Tattoo Bar
Inking up is mainstream out in the Northwest. It’s an expression of someone’s story so why not let your guests in on this “permanent” display of affection by getting their own ink at your wedding reception.
We used the same 4×8 foot wall, painted it white and “wallpapered” it with purchased images we printed off at FedEx. Super simple! We worked with a graphic designer to print the tattoos and create the custom sign.
Credits: Custom-made temporary tattoos and tattoo heart signage provided by Phenix Paper Co. White leather stool available to rent from Events Unlimited. “Ronny” glass console tables and “Marlin” silver and glass bar cart available from Wander Event Rentals. Engraved tattoo book from Pomp & Revel. Floral arrangements provided by Rusted Vase Floral Co. Wallpaper artwork from Creative Market.
The Ramen Bar
Late night snacks are nothing new, but what if we swapped out the sliders and grilled cheese for noods? Ramen is incredible out here in Seattle and nothing sticks to your bones after dancing and drinking like warm broth and noodles!
Credits: Ramen bar components all by Foodz Catering along with ceramic takeout containers, serving trays, serving pitchers for ramen and red four-cube shelf. “Ronny” glass console tables and “Marlin” silver and glass bar cart available from Wander Event Rentals. Engraved chopsticks from Pomp & Revel. Hanging greenery tulip wall arrangement and bouquets by Rusted Vase Floral Co. Ramen bar wall sign by Phenix Paper Co.
I had the good fortune to be asked to share these ideas on King 5’s New Day Northwest. See me talk about the concepts by clicking the image below:
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