Post # 1
For personal reasons I’m having no alcohol at the reception. It’s not going to be a party type reception anyway. The thing is, alcohol free receptions seem few and far between and I’d love to speak to another bride who has done it.
Post # 3
I’ve only been to one wedding with alcohol at the reception, actually. I’ve always had a great time. I really don’t miss it when I’m at a wedding without any.
Post # 4
I’ve been to one. The couple in question did it because the groom had had a substance abuse problem in his past.
Everyone had fun. And they did up the non-alcoholic drinks too–fun punches, virgin mojitos, etc.
I tend to think that when you ask for people’s preferences, they’ll give them to you, but 9/10, they’ll be just peachy with whatever you provide.
Post # 5
I have photographed a couple weddings that were alcohol free. Instead of a bar they hired a local coffe house to cater coffee drinks. I thought it worked great for them, there were many children there and they found it cool that they could order at the coffee bar. They also served bottled water, gourmet rootbeer and cream sodas and sprakling cider. I don’t think anyone felt like they were missing out by not having alcohol.
Post # 6
It’s REALLY nice to hear some positive experiences. Mostly I get a bad reaction.
I’m hoping to provide a good selection of alcohol free cocktails, sodas, coffee etc so there is something for everyone and something tasty still! 🙂
Post # 7
I haven’t done it, but I support your choice. Some users on the ‘bee have strong opinions on this topic; I just wanted you to know that I respect your decision.
Post # 8
I haven’t been to an alcohol free wedding myself, but I think there are lots of ways to make it work so that everyone still has a good time! As some of the previous posters suggested, you can use mocktails, specialized coffee, or other variety of drink choices. I think as long as you have options for your guests, you will be good to go.
Post # 9
Oh, I just thought of something, lol. I have a friend who is doing a vintage alcohol-free reception and we’re looking at punch sets for her from antique stores. They’re really cute glass punch bowls with about 8-10 cups hanging off the outside, and they generally cost about $8 dollars each. We were thinking about doing about four so people can taste a variety of punches. Just an idea!
Post # 10
@finlandfairy: They way I see it as, if someone can’t have dinner and have a good time with you WITHOUT alcohol, then they have issues. I don’t get how guests just can’t go without for a few hours. Some people argue it helps them unwind. Tea helps me unwind. Stick to your guns. The people who actually want to be there will be there for you.
Post # 11
I’ve been to several weddings that were alcohol free and mine will be alcohol free too. its normal in my circles because me and alot of my friends dont drink alcohol. I think it really depends on the guests and what their expectations are. But the weddings i’ve been to that didnt have any alcohol were fun with lots of dancing and no one really missed it.
Post # 12
We’re having a cash bar. Basically, FI doesn’t drink, I don’t drink, my side of the family doesn’t drink so why should we pay for something we won’t benefit from. That and our wedding is on a military base and we don’t want to have to worry about people getting stupid and having our base privileges revoked since we are responsible for the guests.
Post # 13
I’m having an alcohol-free wedding also. Personal preference, plus alcohol is EXPENSIVE to provide!
Post # 14
Many people have had nonalcoholic weddings for one reason or another with huge success. Nearly everyone has enjoyed themselves too.
Post # 15
Thanks again everyone who replied 🙂 It’s nice to get positive replies.
I think it will work as my wedding isn’t in the evening, there isn’t dancing and we are going more for a family meal type atmosphere
Post # 16
@KaitlinHudson: To be totally honest, I don’t think having a cash bar is fair to your guests. Yes you won’t benefit from it, but your still hosting your friends and family. Why don’t you just pick up the bar tab? This way you won’t be paying for open bar, and the tab will probably be low since, as you said, not many people drink. Just a suggestion!