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5 Tips for Creating a Custom Cocktail Bar with Magnolia Bay

Thursday, March 9th, 2017

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Photo: Memories By Maygan Photography | Design: Magnolia Bay Custom Bar Services

It’s no secret that one of the most crucial parts of the modern wedding celebration is… the booze. If you’re like many contemporary Houston wedding couples, you’re likely considering creating a signature wedding cocktail that represents your distinct personalities and tastes. Your guests also might crave a little liquid courage as they hit the dance floor, and, of course, everyone needs a libation for the many toasts and cheers that honor the joy overflowing on your wedding day.

The team at Magnolia Bay Custom Bar Services are experts in making your wedding beverages and drink presentation key parts of your overall wedding theme and reception celebration. As full-time firemen and cocktail connoisseurs, Marshall Boyd and Jason Myers founded their company to bring banquet bar services “to a new level,”  Myers says. Unlike traditional bar services, Magnolia Bay creates custom and hand-built wedding bars, themed wedding cocktails, wedding reception drink packages and more, to create a celebration experience your guests will never forget! We asked Myers for his tips on creating the perfect wedding cocktail concept and bar. Scroll down for a taste…

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Design and Photo Courtesy of: Magnolia Bay Custom Bar Services

1. Hire the pros — Serving, planning and presenting alcohol is definitely something best left to the professionals. “I tell people to ALWAYS ask if the vendor is licensed through TABC and what insurance they carry,” Myers says. Magnolia Bay is fully TABC-licensed and fully insured. Count them as one fewer thing you’ll have to worry about on your big day!

2. Get personal — Did you and your boo bond over a favorite beverage, meet in a special city or fall in love at a favorite restaurant or bar? Try and incorporate those aspects of your relationship into your signature wedding cocktail or bar! “Our services are customizable to fit YOU,” Myers says. “So many clients tell us they have been told ‘no’ by so many companies, that they gave up. We tell couples to give us an idea of what they want, and we build from there.”

3. Go big! — “Don’t show up to your own event and realize you should have done something more,” Myers says. He recommends that wedding couples write down all of their ideas and then take a step back to consider how their dream cocktail concept can fit within their budget.  

4. Consider your wedding “brand” — Your custom wedding bar and drinking details—for example, the cups, napkins, koozies and decor—are the perfect place to show off your wedding logo, monogram, hashtag, color palette and theme. We love how Magnolia uses marquee letters and chalkboard art to personalize each cocktail concept! They also dress to impress. “We aren’t your standard banquet bar service that shows up in black and white uniforms,” Myers says. “When you work with us, you get hand-built bars that go with the look of your event, you get staff uniforms that go with your event, you get quality drinks, one-of-a-kind service and a one-of-a-kind experience.”

5. Think outside the big day — “Always ask the venue if they allow outside alcohol vendors,” Myers says. Many reception venues do require you to purchase alcohol through their vendors, but let’s be honest, there are plenty more opportunities for unique spirits, fine wines and exciting wedding-theme cocktails throughout your engagement and wedding weekend. If you’re crazy for these craft cocktail bars, consider using them at other events like your engagement party, rehearsal dinner of day-after brunch!

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If you’re ready to create your custom cocktail bar, or simply want to learn more, be sure to schedule a consultation with Magnolia Bay Custom Bar Services. Cheers! 

Blue, Yellow and Gray Wedding at the Tremont House by Adam Nyholt Photographer

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

WEDDINGS IN HOUSTON FALL 2014 | REAL WEDDING FEATURE

Cameron & Bryar ~ October 5, 2013

There’s something to be said for spontaneity, notes bride Cameron, whose then-boyfriend Bryar “proposed completely out of the blue at my apartment on a lazy Sunday afternoon.”  While the proposal may have been less than formal, the couple’s Galveston wedding was a grand celebration at the historic Tremont House hotel, where 300 guests enjoyed gourmet Texas specialties—seafood gumbo, shrimp and grits, beef brisket—along with DIY Champagne cocktails, glamorous boas, and dancing on a magnificent monogrammed white dance floor. The bride’s favorite memory? “Dancing a father-daughter dance to ‘My Girl.’”

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Names: Cameron Dunn & Bryar Johnson ~ Number of Guests: 300 ~ Venue: The Tremont House~ Wedding Theme: rustic-chic ~ Flowers & Decor: Darryl & Co. ~ Cake: Susie’s Cakes & Confections ~ Photography: Adam Nyholt Photographer ~ Videography: Sculpting With Time Productions ~ Registry: Kuhl-Linscomb ~ Honeymoon: Hawaii

And be sure to check out the awesome wedding video from Sculpting With Time Productions!

Cameron + Bryar | Highlight Film from Sculpting With Time Productions on Vimeo.

 


A Taste of Old Mexico, Dressed Up Like Texas: Republic Tequila

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

Photos: Republic Tequila

Mexican tradition meets Texan ingenuity in the sweetest lil’ ol’ tequila bottle we’ve ever seen–or sipped from (c’mon now, y’all didn’t think we were just looking at it, did ya?). Republic Tequila pairs time-honored cultivation practices with innovative technology to coax the complex flavors of the magnificent blue agave plant into award-winning tequilas. AND it comes in the perfect size Texas-shaped bottle, making it a great item for grownup wedding favors, or as a part of an in-room guest gift for visiting friends and family, or for your bachelor or bachelorette getaway. Sample Republic Tequila yourself, with this Classic Diablo cocktail recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 ounces of Republic Plata Tequila
  • 4 ounces ginger ale
  • 1/2 ounce Chambord
  • Half of a fresh lime

Directions:

Pour tequila and ginger ale in a rocks glass filled with ice. Top with Chambord and squeeze in fresh lime. Mix and garnish with a lime wedge and enjoy!

Orchid-Filled, Elegant Navy & Champagne Houston Wedding

Thursday, September 11th, 2014

WEDDINGS IN HOUSTON FALL 2014 | REAL WEDDING FEATURE

Kerry and Kris ~ October 5, 2013

Though they’d always known they’d wed, Kerry and Kris, who were introduced by a mutual friend in 2002, were simply waiting for the timing to be right, “which, for us, just happened to be about 10 years,” the bride says. Kris proposed to his beloved on bended knee at the top of a Colorado ski slope while fellow skiers applauded. “It was magical and I could not have imagined it being any better,” Kerry says. A little over a year later, the pair celebrated with 150 friends and family members, who sat at tables named for the groom’s favorite James Bond movies, and dined on filet mignon and shrimp, followed by slices from a magnificent four-tier wedding cake. The bride’s favorite moment? “Our first dance after we were introduced as husband and wife,” she recounts. “We danced to Aerosmith’s ‘Don’t Want to Miss a Thing.’”

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Names: Kerry Levine & Kristopher Bollmann ~ Number of Guests: 150 ~ Consultant: Schwartz & Woodward ~ Decor & Rentals: EB Inc Events ~ Lighting: Bright Star Productions ~ Cake: Who Made the Cake! ~ Groomswear: Al’s Formal Wear ~ Wedding Bands: Zadok Jewelers ~ Registry: Kuhl-Linscomb; Williams-Sonoma ~ Honeymoon: Tahiti

 

Sip With Style: Bridal Party Gift Ideas

Monday, June 23rd, 2014

Sip With Style: Bridal Party Gift Ideas

Photos: Straw Envy

Just in time for wedding season, a new beverage accessory company debuts a collection of sparkly sippers that are perfect for bridal party gifts or even bachelorette party. Straw Envy creates sparkly, reusable drinking straws that are not just straws but accessories for fashionable drinks! With a variety of dazzling colors and crystal embellishments, Straw Envy sippers are a classy way to stand out in a crowd during your bachelorette celebrations. At $29, they make a stylish gift that won’t break your budget!