Post # 1
It’s already set in stone that we won’t be having alcohol at our wedding reception. The wedding is on a sunday, & we are having it at a state park, so they can’t serve us alcohol and we can’t bring anything in. It works out because I have alcoholics in my family, and the alcohol issue was a cause for concern for me. My question is, how do we make sure everyone has a good time? I think it will be tougher since we aren’t having alcohol, but I know we aren’t the only ones that have done this… We have talked about having a small after-reception get together with our bridal party to have a few drinks and stuff.. But we are worried about the reception not going over well since there won’t be any booze.
Post # 3
Tailgate! lol jk – make sure everyone is drunk off food, love and good music! I don’t drink, but I always have a good time. 🙂
Post # 5
@futuremrsk18: we’re planning on having lots of extra food to kind of make up for it.. I just hope everyone has fun!
Post # 6
@roweboat: they will! you don’t need alcohol to have a good time. and i love the idea of having an after party!
Post # 7
- Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort
Just make sure whatever you use as entertainment (band, DJ, games, whatever) is really excellent, and people will have fun. Provide fun non-alcoholic drinks, like special iced teas and lemonades and non-alcoholic spritzers or coolers.
You can definitely have an afterparty at a bar afterwards, but that needs its own, informal invitation or really excellent word-of-mouth in advance. Such parties either need to be fully hosted or open-to-the-public at a public place.
Post # 8
You don’t need alcohol to have a good time! I definitely partake at weddings, but even if I didn’t I know I’d stil have a good time, particularly if there is good music and food.
You might want to spread the word via word of mouth though, just so expectations are set.
Post # 9
@kate02121: we’ve been letting everyone know about it so they aren’t surprised. Our DJ really is the best in the area, and he is a good friend of ours too. I have no doubt that he will do a great job.
Post # 10
Have something fizzy to drink, since it feels festive. And give people things to do (photobooth?) to keep them active.
Post # 11
I had an alcohol free, afternoon ceremony and reception for my first wedding. My Dad was an alcoholic and I didn’t want a scene at the reception. (he has since died).
We had loads of fun and so did everyone else. Anyone who NEEDS alcohol to have a good time has their own problems with alcohol.
Post # 12
We are having an Afternoon Tea Reception and no alcohol we are focusing on gourmet teas instead. Our reception will be over at 3pm, so anyone who wants alcohol can go out on their own afterward. 12-3 is too early for alcohol, if anyone misses it then too bad.
Post # 13
I was recently at a wedding with the same reasons for no alcohol. They had a really fun smoothie bar where you pick your fruits and flavor. It was a nice touch.
Post # 14
@MsLlamaFace: That sounds like a nice touch!
Post # 15
Great music, great food and lots of dancing!