8 Satellite Bars to Get Your Drink On

8 Satellite Bars to Get Your Drink On

In case you missed it, we’re calling out satellite bars as a big reception trend this year. What is a satellite bar, you ask? It’s not just a cocktail bar—it’s a signature sip station that doubles as a focal point and an opportunity to give your specialty cocktail its own moment in the wedding decor. Think of it as a grown-up candy bar. Get inspired by these eight different ways to personalize the trend!

    1. 1. Wood Whiskey Bar

      Wooden whiskey bar

      PHOTO BY DEAR WESLEYANN

      Have you ever seen a more appropriate whiskey bar? The dark stained wood and silver trays radiate a laid-back yet totally distinguished vibe. If you don’t want flowers on the bar, tall end lamps or topiaries are great floral alternatives that still let you show off your own style—minus the blooms.

    2. 2. Liquid Candy Bar

      Pink signature cocktail with cotton candy

      PHOTO BY BLUME PHOTOGRAPHY

      As a functional and fun decor element, let prepared glasses decorate the background of your satellite bar. Not only do the already-placed garnishes make service that much quicker, but in this case the cotton candy adds to the “candy bar” ambience. Other garnishes could range from sugar or salt-rimmed glasses to fruit wedges.

    3. 3. DIY Hot Chocolate Bar

      rustic hot chocolate bar

      PHOTO BY BRINTON STUDIOS

      A DIY hot chocolate bar is perfect to warm up guests at a winter wedding. Stock a small table with candy cane or cinnamon stirrers, marshmallows and plenty of whipped cream, so guests can make the cocoa to their liking. If you want to turn up the volume, pour boozy add-ins (like Baileys or peppermint schnapps) into plaid patterned travel canisters—just make sure to have them properly labeled—and supply a basket of monogrammed paper cup sleeves.

    4. 4. Locally Brewed Beer

      Locally brewed beer bar with IPA and Lager

      PHOTO BY JESSICA CREWS PHOTOGRAPHY

      Serving beer is one thing—serving local brews out of a customized bar is a totally different experience. Guests can serve themselves (aka no attendant needed!) from the built-in taps and try different flavors. The simple wine bottle decor adds just the right touch of charm, without stealing the spotlight away from the beauty of the natural wood.

    5. 5. Big Batch Cocktails

      Vintage pre-ceremony drink display

      PHOTO BY ONELOVE PHOTOGRAPHY

      If you’re looking for a low-maintenance bar alternative (or supplement), opt for large batch cocktails served out of drink dispensers. Add small signage to each beverage that nods to the decor and describes the ingredients of each drink. If you’re outdoors or in the country in warmer months, freshly squeezed lemonade, spiked iced tea and infused water blends perfectly with the weather (and a pastel color scheme).

    6. 6. DIY Bellini Bar

      Bellini bar with strawberries, raspberries and blackberries

      PHOTO BY JERRY YOON PHOTOGRAPHY

      Phantom pedestals have a way of making any table look modern and fresh (and they’re especially handy if you want to elevate the fruit bowls for an easier reach, without bulking up the table’s design). Not only does the fruit add a fresh twist to the drinks, but they provide a natural pop of color when styled on top a contrasting color like this navy-blue-striped tablecloth.

    7. 7. Signature Champagne Cocktail

      Champagne cocktail bar

      PHOTO BY OFF BEET PRODUCTIONS

      Even if your signature sip is in the same family as other spirits you may be serving (read: white wine and prosecco), give it its own special moment with a solo table presentation. If your outdoor reception space has a particularly stunning flower factor, use it to your advantage as a cocktail bar backdrop. The orange daylilies here make the prosecco signature cocktail bar look even sweeter.

    8. 8. Antique Spirits Station

      Alice In Wonderland-inspired cocktail bar

      PHOTO BY JAMIE DAVIS PHOTOGRAPHY
      No room for a big bar installation? A thrifted antique desk will do the trick. Deck out the drawers with old-fashioned teacups, overflowing florals and back-up bottles—just in case. If you’re lacking counter space, add a couple tiered dessert trays to provide additional room for light bites, garnishes or cocktail napkins.
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Our Culinary Skills rock!

Our Culinary Skills rock!

Our Culinary Skills rock! VNS has corporate event planning and catering that presents incomparable event capabilities. Our desire is to provide you and your guests with a flawless culinary experience highlighting sustainability produced, inventive and luscious menus. The highest caliber of service in our industry, trend setting design and attention to every detail.

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At VNS we always tailor-makes our menus to suit your imaginative, organizational and budgetary requests.

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More than a catering company. We have a culinary team focused on delivering experiential events for a clientele who have seen it all. Let our team bring to life your next corporate event. Our amazing team is equally at home planning a wedding as a corporate event.

Our catering, food styling and event production services include

Creative menu design with sophisticated, innovative cuisine
We provide custom tailoring of buffets and plates as well as bar accessories
Liquid refreshment synchronization
Novelty kitchens
Provision guidelines, timing and coordination
Exceptional trained service staff that are professionals
Creating the perfect custom menu for your event that will be talked about for years is our specialty. Chefs are well versed in food allergies and preferences; vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options.

We are known for our locally produced food. We have a strong relationship with our purveyors, from farmers to bakers, to cheese makers. Our focus is on the freshest, most seasonal ingredients available. Our team is constantly connecting seasonal and local foods with innovative menu ideas. From our food presentation to beautiful table designs, we will help capture your vision for the perfect event that will impress your guests and make you shine

Whether you are celebrating a corporate anniversary or hosting your annual company party, let us make you look good. From casual to upscale, our corporate catering division can create an event that reflects the caliber and style of your company.

If you need interactive games, entertainment, live music, or out of the box ideas for a unique celebration – we are here to help. Santa Barbara Catering offers one stop shopping and can coordinate all of this for you.

The next time your company needs to plan a memorable corporate celebration or corporate meeting, look to our event planners to bring your vision to life.

We would love to start planning your custom menu!

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Corporate Entertainment with Mark Cordes

Corporate Entertainment with Mark Cordes

We Only Endorse the Best

We provide any type of performers and bands to augment any budget, circumstance, event and or theme. In addition our home-grown cover bands, performers and entertainers help keep costs down, circumventing the need for travel costs.

All of our performers and bands are amidst the greatest in their fields. We endorse only the best, so your event is a sure triumph. Check out one of our favorites Mark Cordes 

He has been performing in comedy clubs, corporate events and charitable venues for more than 30 years.

Whether it’s a very special event, roast, awards program or a final event, he will customize his performance to meet your needs.

From his humble start at an open mic, Mark Cordes steadily worked his way up the comedy ladder. From the opening act to feature act to headlining the top comedy clubs and corporate events from coast to coast, Mark has enjoyed the ride and so will you. “My favorite jokes are about relationships – How to spice up your current relationship, or how to get out of a bad one. I’ve written and produced a 90 minute, one-man show called the Spouse Whisperer and you should check it out.”  – Mark Cordes

 

About Mark

MarkCordes.com is the official website of the Mark Cordes. He has been performing in comedy clubs, corporate events and charitable venues for more than 30 years.

Whether it’s a very special event, roast, awards program or a final event, he will customize his performance to meet your needs.

From his humble start at an open mic, Mark Cordes steadily worked his way up the comedy ladder. From the opening act to feature act to headlining the top comedy clubs and corporate events from coast to coast, Mark has enjoyed the ride and so will you.

“Your show is hilarious!  I never stopped laughing”.  – Robin Williams

“Having been in the business of presenting comedy for more than 35 years, owning a comedy club in San Francisco and working with many of the all-time greats (including at one time managing Dana Carvey), Mark Cordes is one of today’s great comedians.  His material is smart, clean, connects with virtually everyone and is a total pro on and off the stage.  We love him.” – Bill Ayers, CEO Comedic Ventures

“I want to steal all your material.  You were great!”.  – Al Michaels, ABC Sports

“Never misses a beat.  Impeccable timing, charm, and innovative, intelligent material”.  – Minneapolis Star Tribune

​“Thanks for another great show.  We can always count on you to be hilarious and a total pro.  You’re the
best!”.  – Gregg Tryhus,   owner @ Whisper Rock Golf Club

“I am sure we could have done the awards presentation just fine, but your comic genius created an evening that not one person in our group will soon forget.”   – Resource Net International