It’s become increasingly popular for couples to choose to not serve alcohol at their wedding reception. It may be a matter of money or a matter of lifestyle that may be the reason for this choice. Just because a couple chooses to have a sober reception, won’t mean that everyone is stuck drinking water or soda. There are many ideas for mocktails or other non-alcoholic beverages that taste just as good as their alcoholic counter parts.
Plan your wedding for a time that people typically don’t drink. By hosting your reception in the morning, people are more likely to want breakfast beverages rather than alcohol and will not be expecting alcoholic beverages to be served. If you serve breakfast or lunch, you can still maximize drink options by offering coffee, tea, or smoothies. These all offer a variety that will still allow your guests to have some say in their drinks.
Tell Your Guests Beforehand
Setting your guest’s expectations is a great way reduce any negative feelings toward a dry wedding. Announce verbally and on your website that you will not be serving alcohol during your wedding reception so that people will not be expecting it. When you make this announcement, you could also tell guests what other entertainment will be provided at your wedding. That way, when you’re telling your guests important information, such as the venue and time, they will also be sure to pay attention to the fact that alcohol will not be served.
There’s an endless list of mocktails to try. Before your wedding, choose a line-up of interesting drinks that offers something for people with many different tastes. When your guests arrive and see these drink choices that they have likely never encountered, they will adopt a curious attitude that can replace the negative feelings they may have towards a negative wedding.
Offer Other Exciting Entertainment
By choosing to not offer any alcohol, you will need to excite your guests in different ways and give them something to look forward to. The key to this is finding a good band or DJ who will engage your guests. You could also choose to offer fun games to entertain your guests as they will likely be dancing for a shorter time. Keep your energy high because your guests will likely feed off it.
Allow your Guests to Bring Their Own Alcohol
Unless your venue specifically prohibits alcohol, an option is to convey to your guests that your wedding will be BYOB. That way, if a dry wedding is a big deal breaker for some of your guests, they have the option of bringing something for themselves. This is a good compromise to satisfy your guests who may have been looking forward to alcohol being served.
There are many ways to properly pull off a dry wedding in a way that you and your guests can still have a fun time together. It’s important to keep in mind that celebrations can still be enjoyable without the presence of alcohol and that the most important part of the day is celebrating you as a couple and the life milestone you are experiencing together.
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