bar cart
Photo: Courtesy of Pottery Barn

Bar carts make any room feel fancier, and they make entertaining a breeze. Putting your party on wheels means hosting your friends and family in any spot you please. If you're hoping to build one after you get married, put some essentials on your wedding registry. These suggestions should get you started—just don't forget the glasses and booze!

A MODERN COUPLE'S GUIDE TO REGISTERING FOR WINE AND SPIRITS

A Bar Cart

Surprise, surprise, you'll need the actual cart before you begin accessorizing it! There are tons of options out there, so choose what suits your style. We're sweet for this marble option, which masterfully blends classic and modern.

Pottery Barn "Burwell" Bar Cart, $549, potterybarn.com.

cocktail shaker
Photo: Courtesy of Bloomingdale's

A Cocktail Shaker

Cocktail shakers aren't just fun to use—they're a necessity for shaken drinks made right. If you're struggling to decide between the various options on the market, might we suggest this cool, black one? It even comes with a removable reamer.

Rabbit "RBT" Cocktail Shaker, $49.99, bloomingdales.com.

mixing glass
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A Mixing Glass

When you aren't shaking, you'll be stirring. Make like the pros and mix up stirred drinks in a special glass (any old cup looks way less official). This simple design goes with any setup.

Crate & Barrel Cocktail Mixing Glass, $14.95, crateandbarrel.com.

bar tools
Photo: Courtesy of Williams Sonoma

Bar Tools

A tool set simplifies things, and will turn you into an amateur mixologist in no time. This one includes a strainer, jigger, bottle opener, garnish knife, stirrer, and ice tongs, all in a matching stand.

 You should also consider asking for a muddler, an ice bucket, a cutting board (for preparing garnishes), and cocktail picks (for certain said garnishes).

Williams Sonoma Stainless-Steel Bar Tools, $89.95, williams-sonoma.com.

metal coasters
Photo: Courtesy of Anthropologie

Coasters

No matter where you roll your cart, you'll want guests to use coasters to preserve the rest of your beloved registry items. Again, the design is totally up to you, but these steal-and-brass ones go with some other items on this list.

Anthropologie "Glimmer Ring" Coasters, $6 each, anthropologie.com.