In this article, I thought it would be fun to put together a roundup collection of drink dispenser ideas taken from real weddings and styled shoots.
For my own wedding, I thought about actually buying a few drink dispensers. I know that when it comes to purchasing wedding decor, there may not be too many useful items for after the big day. Many items find their way back to a rental company, some stuff winds up at the thrift store or a box in the garage, and if you’re lucky a few items can be sold online or locally in order to recoup cash.
One Time Use or Good Investment?
If there was ever an item to buy and use again in the future, it would surely be a beverage drink dispenser — or two!
I envision using a really nice one at a backyard engagement party, for a wedding, or at several big family gatherings. Outdoor weddings benefit greatly from having a hydration station, especially in the hot summer heat. After the wedding, the dispensers can then be used for future social gatherings.
A dual purpose item for your wedding that can also be used again afterwards is a must- have item in my books.
Some would argue that buying a drink dispenser is a waist — it would sit in the garage and collect dust for years before finally being sold in a yard sale. Maybe that is true if you live in a cold climate like the North Pole. I think that most people would be able to find a summer excuse (ahem, party time) to pull out the ol’ dispenser and pour a nice bevvy to treat guests.
Drink Dispenser Styles
Whether your hosting a rustic backyard wedding, garden party, a fancy soiree, bridal shower, rehearsal dinner BBQ, or even a morning-after brunch, there are so many great uses for having drink dispensers around.
Pick the right drink dispenser style in order to match the wedding aesthetic you are trying to achieve. Most units will be made from solid glass material, while the base stand can be fabricated from metal, plastic, tin, or even a wicker basket.
Drink Dispensers for a Backyard Wedding
A quintessential part of a backyard bash has got to be a beverage station. Let your guests serve themselves and cool down just before the ceremony. Serve non-alcoholic beverages like delicious and colorful raspberry lemonades, iced teas, punch and/or sangria. Make sure to offer plenty of H2O as well!
1) Hammered Beverage Dispenser
A large capacity 3-Gallon Glass beverage dispenser with spigot and lid. Versions of this Beverage Dispenser can be seen below in a featured wedding from the blog.
2) Can-Shaped Drink Dispenser
3) Hammered Dispenser with Iron Stand
For a little fancier presentation, go with this style of hammered dispenser with an iron stand.
4) Unbreakable Beverage Dispenser
These drink dispensers would be perfect for around the pool or any area where little ones might be running around. Made from a lightweight acrylic, they are apparently unbreakable.
5) Three Gallon Beverage Dispenser
This acrylic dispenser from Creativeware is a little fancier looking than the one above, and also great for outdoor patios and pool areas.
Fancy Beverage Dispensers
6) Circleware Beverage Dispenser
An ice tea station flavored with lemons displayed in this beautiful dispenser— a low-calorie option to quench your thirst.
7) Lavish Glass Dispenser
Not a cheap option, but it looks absolutely pristine and polished. It works well in either an upscale wedding with luxury taste, or in a rustic barn wedding.
8) Gold Bleecker Bar Dispenser
by Pottery Barn
9) Ornate Drink Dispenser
by Arthur Court
Elegance sometimes requires an outlay of cash — love this ornate design dispenser!
10) Godinger Dublin Crystal Collection
Surprisingly affordable, this stylish dispenser oozes with luxury appeal.
11) Acrylic Jug with Cork Lid
Unfortunately, these eye catching dispensers are no longer in stock at Pottery Barn. However, check out William Sonoma to buy similar cork jugs as the ones below.
12) Beverage Dispenser with Glass Lid
I tried looking everywhere for these wooden bases, but turned up dry. If you have any ideas as to where to buy them let me know in the comment section below this article.
Add some fruit and veggies to your drink concoctions to enhance drink station texture and color.
13) Classic Glass Drink Dispenser
by Pottery Barn
I loved watching an old show called Hart of Dixie — especially the episodes that featured a wedding! I re-watched a few episodes because I always loved one of the main character’s (Mayor Levon Hayes) beautiful kitchen and design. He always seemed to have copious amounts of pancakes, lovely cakes on white cake stands, colorful fruit bowls, danishes and donuts platters, and my favorite apothecary jars brimming with candy!
In addition, besides freshly squeezed orange juice and carafes of hot coffee, he always had two beautiful drink dispensers in the background with colorful looking drinks to keep Zoey, Wade, and Annabeth at bay.
Love the look of this kitchen, especially during the summertime!
Rustic Drink Dispensers
Now, if you are going for a rustic theme then a rustic beverage dispenser has got to be on your on list of things to buy. Just look how cute the look!
14) Nantucket Glass Beverage Dispenser
15) Glass Beverage Dispenser with Galvanized Steel
16) Mason Jar Dispenser
Choose liquids that will match the color palette of your event along with drink dispensers that will go with the vibe of your wedding theme. The mason jars and drink dispensers go so well with this rustic wedding style pictured below.
Specialty Dispenser Shapes
17) Blackboard Beverage Dispenser Set with Stand
A clever idea for a self serve wine station. Complete with chalkboard signs to tell which wine is which.
18) Hand Painted Marble Gold Drink Dispenser
You will be proud to show off this exquisite hand painted drink dispenser. A gorgeous accent in any home, use this for many years to come. As an added bonus, it is dishwasher safe!
19) Dax Drink Dispenser
This one is a contender for the pick of the list. Choose from a variety of gorgeous bases – everything from marble to hammered silver to graphite. You’re sure to find a look that matches your decor.
An added benefit of purchasing drink dispensers to have on hand is that you can make beverages a few days in advance of your wedding. A recipe like sangria can be prepared in advance, left stored in the dispenser in a cool place, so that it is fresh and ready for the big day.
I hope my guide to wedding drink dispenser ideas has inspired your wedding decor and (in the words of Kevin kevin McCallister) has you thirsty for more!
Despite her dreamy wedding blogger lifestyle, Meredith's day job is running ClassicVeils.com and a full-time mom to an active toddler. If she could, Meredith would spend her days taking cruises, helping animals in need, and watching Big Brother!