Post # 1
Hey Bees! We have officially decided that there will be no (not even a drop) of alcohol at the reception. We are fine with this but it has left me searching for something other than white grape juice or sparkling cider to toast with.
I really loved the idea of a signature cocktail, do you think it would be silly to still have a signature drink? Maybe just for toasting?
Our reception is going to be very low key and informal, the goal is that everyone is comfortable & has a full belly! It will be a self catered/potluck buffet with lots of comfort food. (Still working on the menu, will ask for opinions on that later. lol) Here is our beverage line-up so far:
Soda (yes, in a can)
Lemonade/Iced Tea (I am planning on including berry syrups/flavoring to mix in)
Water (plain as well as strawberry/orange/mint infused)
Any ideas or suggestions? Thanks everyone! 🙂
Post # 3
We’re doing the same thing — skipping alcohol, I mean. I think what we’re gonna do is skip *toasts* per se, and just have speeches. People can wish us well at the end, then sit down, no cheers. Which is just fine for us.
If you really want the toast, just have them do it with whatever they’re drinking. Your reception already seems so laid back, why bother complicating it? 🙂 Not to mention, your drink options already look awesome.
Post # 4
We aren’t doing alcohol either — I’d just let people toast with whatever they’re drinking! 🙂
Post # 5
If you want a specific toasting beverage, you can do one of those sparkling ciders that they have out. There are some new ones out in the last few years that are quite tasty.
Post # 6
I think any of your options would be fine, honestly. My husband doesn’t drink but he loves the blood orange soda from world market (comes in 1 liter glass bottles) so we got that for him. Maybe something like that, which is carbonated, and a little different and very tasty?
Post # 7
I like the idea of the sparkling juice. It looks like champagne, so it will fit well for the toasts.
Post # 8
We had the idea of what-ever-is-in-your-glass for the toast. We offered Dublin Dr Pepper as a drink option beyond tea/leamonade/water but didn’t necessarily intend for it to be the toast. Since we had 5 options (arnold palmer with the tea/leamonade) we didn’t think we needed the cider.
If you want a signature drink, go for it!
Post # 9
Coming from a wine background I notice that you are getting married in Oregon (a very up and coming wine area). Many wineries are now releasing non-alcholic bottles of wine prior to fermentation (think really fancy/amazing grape juice) that can be carbonated and non. They are amazing and add a special touch to events, we purchase several bottles for friends as gifts every year.
Post # 10
Guests can toast with whatever they are already drinking. There is no law that alcohol has to be served for that purpose.
Also, something that most people don’t realize is that “nonalcoholic” beer and wine still has a significant amount of alcohol present, but not enough to be labelled as alcohol. False advertsing if anything, especially since kids are not allowed to drnk it and non-drinkers don’t consume it becasue it contains alcohol.
Post # 11
If this were an option–I’d totally do something hokey like milk.
Post # 12
I love the idea of a non-alcoholic signature drink. How about something with grenadine in it to give it some colour?
Post # 13
Definitely a champagne substitute would be fun!