How To Build A DIY Wedding Bar

A DIY Wedding Bar is a kick-ass way to serve up drinks to your guests. Check out our step-by-step instructions and watch our how-to video to learn how to build your own wedding bar for your big day.

DIY Wedding Bar

Getting married? Don’t want to spend a fortune on an open bar? Or just looking to do something unique to serve drinks? A DIY wedding bar is a show stopper at any wedding.

5 Reasons You Should Build A Wedding Bar

1. Decor Accent

A DIY wedding bar can fill your wedding reception atmosphere wonderfully. No matter your theme, you can make your DIY bar design fit.

2. Money Savings

Weddings can be expensive. Between the food, facility, band, photographer, and whatever-the-heck else, the bills stack up quickly. Buying and serving your own kegs is cheaper than using the venue’s options. Cut out liquor, and you’ll save even more money.

3. Low Maintenance

Forget constantly stocking bins, tables, and coolers with canned and bottled beers. Hook up your keg(s), ice ‘em down, and enjoy the party while the beer flows freely.

4. You’ll Own It Forever

After the wedding, the bar is yours. Keep it in your house, your garage, your basement – wherever.

5. 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.

DIY Wedding Bar Ideas

For our wedding bar design, we chose a pre-stained material available at retail hardware stores, but upcycled pallets or barn wood are other great options. Here are some of our favorite DIY Wedding Bars made by KegWorks customers.

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(Left: Photos submitted by KegWorks customers Robert A, Dan D and Amy O)

If the rustic look isn’t your theme, not to worry. There are plenty of wedding bar designs that work for all types of wedding themes. Check out our Pinterest board for more wedding bar inspo.

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(Left: Photos from BrindApino Vintage Van, Green Wedding Shoes and Rustic Bride)

Wedding Bar Menu Ideas

When building a wedding bar menu, you’ll first want to determine what types of beverages you’ll be serving. Serving up beer on tap, wine on tap or cocktails on tap will require different draft equipment. For more tips on what type of draft beer equipment you will need for each, download our full step-by-step guide provided below.

If you’re a homebrewer, an occasion like a wedding is the perfect time to show off your skills and passion with family and friends. You can easily serve up your latest recipes in a corny keg to guests.

More into cocktails and mixology? Developing a signature cocktail to serve on tap to your guests is another great way to save some cash and further incorporate your theme.

How Much Alcohol Should You Have At Your Wedding?

How much alcohol you serve at your wedding will depend on how many guests you will be having. Refer to our keg sizes guide or our quick reference chart below if you plan to serve from a keg.

In general, the rule of thumb for buying alcohol for your wedding is plan for each guest to consume (2) drinks at the cocktail hour, and then (1) drink every hour after that. Take into consideration the day of the week of your wedding is happening (weekends will likely have your guests able to drink more). Also consider the time of day of your wedding, daytime vs nighttime may change what or how much you want to serve.

How Much Beer To Buy For Your Wedding

For 100 guests, 7 cases of beer (168, 12oz bottles) or a half barrel keg (165. 12oz bottles) should be sufficient – as most people will not only be drinking beer.

You may want to purchase more if you know your guests are beer lovers.

How Much Wine To Buy For Your Wedding

For 100 guests, 12 bottles of white (60, 5oz glasses) and 12 bottles of red (60, 5oz glasses) should be sufficient – as most people will not only be drinking wine. If purchasing a wine keg, a Cornelius Keg (640oz) will work best for this serving size.

If you are having an evening reception, your guests may be likely to drink more red wine than white, so adjust your wine purchasing accordingly. You also may want to purchase more if you know your guests are wine lovers.

How Much Liquor To Buy For Your Wedding

For 100 guests, 150 servings of your signature cocktail should be sufficient – as most people will not only be drinking your cocktail. Depending on your signature cocktail of choice, your serving size will vary. If you are only serving your signature cocktail, 300 servings will be needed to last you through a 3 hour reception.

How To Make A DIY Wedding Bar

Below are the general steps KegWorks’ draft beer expert, Justin, took to build our DIY Wedding Bar. Outside of having a deep knowledge of draft equipment, he also happens to be an event planning guru for his side business, Nickel City Novelties. For complete step-by-step instructions on how to build your own DIY Wedding Bar, download the guide provided below.

Step 1: Draw Out Plans

  • First, decide what types of beverages you’ll be serving. Consider having beer, wine, cocktails or even coffee on tap.
  • Next, decide how many beverages you will serve.
  • The type and number of beverages you’ll have on tap will determine the overall size of your wedding bar, as well as which draft equipment you will need.
  • Before starting to build, we recommend drawing a rough sketch to finalize your bar dimensions and tap location.

How To Build A DIY Wedding Bar

Step 2: Gather Tools & Materials

  • The materials you need will vary based on the size and style of the wedding bar you plan to build.
  • In addition to standard building tools and materials, you’ll also need a kegerator conversion kit from

Tools To Build A DIY Wedding Bar

Step 3: Build Your Wedding Bar

  • Cut your materials to size based on your sketched plans. Then, start with building the bar base.
  • We recommend using 2x4s for strength & stability.
  • After the base is built, install the bar top.
  • Once the bar top is installed, add the face boards to the bar base.
  • Then attach the top frame and add the face boards as well.

Building A DIY Wedding Bar

Step 4: Install Draft Equipment

  • Using a power drill and 1” hole saw, drill a hole in the desired location.
  • Insert the shank through the hole and secure with lock nut.
  • Attach the faucet and tap handles.
  • Connect the beer lines to the shank and to the top of the keg coupler.
  • Next, connect the air line to the coupler and the regulator and secure with screw clamps.
  • Then attach the regulator to the air tank. When you’re ready to serve, connect the coupler to the keg, open the air tank and adjust the pressure to ensure a proper pour.

Draft Beer Equipment For A DIY Wedding Bar

Step 5: Add Final Touches

  • Once you’ve set up the draft system, it’s time for the finishing touches. Add some decorative lights and glassware.

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  • Dave Buchanan November 11, 2019 @ 9:13am

    Hi Erica, I just e-mailed it to you. Sorry for the technical issue. We are looking into it. Cheers!

  • Dave Buchanan December 9, 2019 @ 1:33pm

    It is on its way to your e-mail. Cheers!

  • Heisi March 15, 2020 @ 2:34pm

    Hello! I would like to build this for my daughter’s graduation party that has a tap for wine and a tap for beer. Could you please share with me exactly what I would need to purchase? Thank you!

    • Dave Buchanan March 19, 2020 @ 10:41am

      Hi Heidi! Our downloadable guide will show you everything you need to purchase to build your own. Just scroll to the bottom of the blog post and submit your e-mail address. Just make sure to buy stainless steel components and barrier beverage lines since you will be pouring wine. Feel free to follow up with us if you have any other questions. Cheers!

  • Greg Helmers March 31, 2020 @ 9:02pm

    Hello, I submitted my email and hit get the guide and nothing popped up…took me to another page but no guide! I am very interested in this!

    • Vicky Suto April 3, 2020 @ 3:40pm

      Hi Greg, I apologize for the issue. Keep an eye out in your email, we’ll make sure it gets to you.

  • Brandon April 24, 2020 @ 7:28pm

    Hi! I entered my email and it sent me to a blank page. I’m very interested

    • Vicky Suto April 27, 2020 @ 4:47pm

      Hi Brandon, sorry for the trouble. We fixed the issue for you, please check your email now. The link to download should be there shortly, if not already. Cheers!

  • Katie May 15, 2020 @ 12:01pm

    Interested in equipment needed for 2 beer taps, a wine and a cocktail tap. Thank you

  • Heather June 5, 2020 @ 3:02pm

    I also would like to get the guide. I submitted my email and got a blank page.
    Thank you in advance!

    • Dave Buchanan July 1, 2020 @ 4:19pm

      Hi Heather, we’ve updated the blog post to fix the download link. It should work for you now. Cheers!

  • Lyndsay June 16, 2020 @ 4:45pm

    Hi, I too was trying to get the information for this and it just takes me to a blank page. It is usually “user error” but I just wanted to double check, thank you!

    • Dave Buchanan July 1, 2020 @ 4:18pm

      Hi Lyndsay, we’ve updated the blog post so that the link works again. Cheers!

  • Paige June 24, 2020 @ 11:44pm

    I also tried to put my Email in to get the plan but I haven’t received anything! This looks amazing!

    • Dave Buchanan July 1, 2020 @ 4:16pm

      Hi Paige, we’ve updated the blog so that the download works again. Cheers!

  • Emily Pisani July 5, 2020 @ 7:56pm

    I’d love to get the how-to document of this!

  • rachel frampton July 7, 2020 @ 3:33am

    My fiance and I are planning to have an open bar on our upcoming wedding; therefore, we’ve been looking for a liquor store where we can garner supplies. I agree with you that a DIY bar is an excellent option since it will fill up the atmosphere without spending too much. Also, it is indeed true that we can still use it in other events.

  • Bryanne Blackwell July 8, 2020 @ 10:25pm

    Hey there, based on this build what size kegs will fit underneath? The kegs I’m wanting are 15.5 inches in diameter each and if I got 2 I’m not sure they would fit underneath this one. Sounds like I might need to modify?

  • Jennifer Hoglund August 10, 2020 @ 7:24pm

    Page 4, step 2.1 illustration; i believe the E and C markers on the illustration needs to be flip flopped. E is 24″ and C is 32″ therefore the top view in order to reflect tge front and back at 32″ should be marked as C. We have had to unassemble and reassemble to correct this on our build.

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