No Alcohol

posted 3 years ago in Reception
Post # 4
845 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

@overwhelmed2014:  If it’s early afternoon and there’s no alcohoo people will probably leave early. Dancing isn’t really an early afternoon/no alcoohol thing and I’m not really sure people will want to stick around and play games. It’s just sort of a fact with this kind of wedding that it won’t last super long, although I’m sure it will still be lovely.

Post # 5
1896 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

@overwhelmed2014:  I would recommend not worrying too much about her wedding. If she’s knowingly decided to have a dry wedding, and you adamantly fight that this is a horrible plan, it will just create friction between you two.  You can’t plan fun events at her wedding unless she’s asked you to do so.  Just let her wedding be how she thinks she wants it and have as much fun as you can.

Or, spend your time focusing on a fun after party bar crawl or somethign like that, if she agrees that’s a fun idea.  It’s just no one’s responsibility but the person planning the wedding to ensure guests have a good time.

Post # 6
610 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@SummerOfLove:  +1, the sad truth is that many guests will most likely look at it as an afternoon luncheon wedding, and will likely leave after the meal. Not to say that some people wouldn’t stick around and play cornhole, horseshoes and can jam (to name a few games you may want to try), but you will only have so many games and likely more people than can play at once. I would think that close family and friends would stick around a little longer, but regular guests, especially those who don’t know many people, will leave. Is she dead set on no alcohol? Providing even beer and wine will keep people around longer, although dancing is still not likely to occur in daylight hours.

Post # 7
2364 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

No mimosas?  No bloody marys??  What kind of venue is it, can people BYOB? 

Post # 8
2576 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2013



+1 to both. An afternoon luncheon wedding is just that – a luncheon meaning eat and leave. I don’t see lawn games being a hit quite frankly – the female guests will be dressed up and the bbqs/parties that I went to with lawn games – those games were taken over by the kids (usually family).

The one suggestion that may make this event more than a luncheon is maybe a carnival/fair feel. I’m thinking bouncey castle, photo booths, caricature artist, circus performances, cotton candy machine, you get the idea. Carnivals usually happen during the day and tend to be family friendly hence no booze – you can work that kind of theme into the wedding.

Post # 9
3016 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2014 - Prague

Just being honest… I am 99% sure you would never find me playing a lawn game without a drink in one hand. It’s just so much more aesthetically pleasing that way!!!

That being said, if this is what your sister wants, she can have it!  But yes, most people will eat and leave. 

Post # 10
6166 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

good music will keep everyone dancing.

Post # 12
9859 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

I think that having the early afternoon wedding is the best way to go.  People will probably leave after the meal, but there’s not much you can do about that.  At evening weddings a lot of people leave before/when the dancing starts.

Lawn games can be fun but it really depends on the crowd.

Post # 13
2792 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@overwhelmed2014:  Is she worried about people staying, or are you worried about people staying?  To be honest, I am having alcohol and a dance… and I kind of hope most people are ready to be done after dinner because that means I get to leave earlier and enjoy more time with my husband. 

Post # 14
1157 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@overwhelmed2014:  Maybe they could consider board games and card games?  I’m not sure that many people want to play bocce, cornhole, etc without a drink, but board games might work.

Post # 15
11614 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

To be honest, when there isn’t alcohol, I generally leave a lot earlier than I do otherwise.  This is mostly because I need the liquid courage to really get out there and have fun (dance floor, photo booths, games, etc).  I’m fairly reserved but after a glass of wine, I loosen up and enjoy myself.  If there isn’t alcohol, frankly, I don’t have as much fun.  (You all can blame me and say I have an alcohol problem all you want – I know that isn’t the case and I’m being honest.  I have fun at weddings when there’s alcohol, and I don’t have fun at weddings when there isn’t.) 

An afternoon wedding would definitly be a better option, since people tend to dance less at those anyway.

Post # 16
2394 posts
Buzzing bee


Sorry, I’m Irish and whiskey runs through my veins so I have no suggestions for the guests other than this:



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