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How to Craft a Beer-Themed Wedding

Kara Horner how to craft a beer-themed wedding

Love Beer? We’ve rounded up eight of our favorite fun and creative ideas for incorporating beer into your wedding day. Everything from reception beer taps, beer-themed groomsmen gifts, groom’s cakes inspiration and more. Take a look!

Black Matte Groomsmen Growler

Say it with beer

Why simply ask your best man or groomsmen to be in your wedding party, when you can pop the question with a cool and functional keepsake like this personalized beer growler?


Go to the source

Consider hosting your rehearsal dinner or reception at your favorite local brewery or tasting room, or see if your venue or caterer can work with a local brewer to create a custom seasonal craft blend just for your wedding. Another fun option is to arrange for a beer truck to stop by to offer guests self-serve brews during cocktail hour or the reception.


beer on tap

Tap into it

For rustic or outdoor weddings, instead of just providing bottled brews at your wedding reception or cocktail hour, set up a self-serve bar to offer guests some of your favorite beers on tap.


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Use creative coolers

If beer on tap isn’t an option, set up a few beer cooler stations throughout your reception venue, so guests can help themselves. Beer coolers can be easily created out of troughs, barrels, galvanized buckets, wheelbarrows, wagons, or even canoes.

beer bottle centerpiece

Decorate with beer

Bedeck your reception with beer-themed elements, such as using amber- or green-colored beer bottles, growlettes, or growlers as vessels for floral centerpieces or table numbers, attaching bottle caps on place cards, or naming tables after your favorite local breweries or beer types. Also, consider adding wheat or hops in your wedding flowers and boutonnieres for the groomsmen.

HOPS Beer Tasting Flight

Give the gift of beer

Thank your groomsmen for their service on your wedding day with a beer-themed gift, such as pilsner glasses, a beer tasting flight set, keg mug, write-on beer mug, bottle opener or custom home bar sign.


Create a beer-themed groom’s cake

The groom’s cake is a great way to incorporate your favorite brew into the wedding festivities. Consider choosing a beer-friendly design or even beer-inspired flavors, such as chocolate Guinness stout.

beer glass favor

Offer a hoppy send-off

Perfect for tucking into welcome bags or offering to guests as favors, consider using beer-themed items, such as custom paper coasters, bottle openers, personalized coozies or glasses, or even a bottle of your favorite suds or home brew sporting a “hoppily ever after” label with your wedding logo.

Photos: Wedding Obsession, The Uncommon Event, Rustic Wedding Chic, Homedit, Bride Box, A Southern Soiree

Which of these beer-themed wedding ideas would you like to incorporate in your big day? Tell us in the comment section below.

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