Post # 1
Soooo we a LESS than 6 months out to our wedding, We found the place but have not booked it yet, but for alcohol you have to purchase, 1. a license from ABC, 2. An insurance policy for the venune incase any drunks hurt themselves and 3. The alcohol itself. We will have less than 60 people there, and my family does not drink, the fiances family to my knowledge are not big drinkers, so to save money I am thinking on just skipping out on alcohol all together, and having sodas and coffee instead, has anyone done this? Is it tacky?
Post # 3
@tnicole: I went to a wedding where there was no alcohol but they provided non alocholic cocktails. That was nice and i didn’t end up missing the alcohol.
Post # 4
- Wedding: June 2013 - Upstate NY
It’s not tacky and I do see where you’re coming from but I believe an adult reception should have adult drink. It usually proves to be more fun. Providing alcohol to 60 people, especially if your side doesn’t drink, wouldn’t be that expensive. Maybe some decent beet, a few bottles of red and white?
About the insurance… if you own a home, you can simply take out an umbrella policy for a month and get it covered! I have to do this for my venue- $1,000,000!! But it’s going to be cheap, under $100 I believe.
Post # 5
Not serving alcohol is not tacky…
It is just “another interpretation” of what a Wedding Reception can be.
Mind you like sharontobemarried: said it is nice if there is either a Welcome Mocktail or Punch available to your Guests along with the usual other items like Bottled Water, Juices, Pop, Tea & Coffee
Hope this helps,
Post # 6
Thanks so much yall! This def makes me want to look into it a little more! <3 🙂
Post # 7
It’s totally ok to do an alcohol-free reception. It sounds like the guests are not big drinkers so alcohol is something you could probably get rid of with few complaints. And there are tons of delicious options for non-alcoholic drinks.
I’ve been to one alcohol-free reception but most of the guests were heavy drinkers, and they kept sneaking out to the bar next door. I would at least take a look at the prices for everything because you may find it’s not that bad. If the venue is letting you supply your own alcohol, that’s a huge savings.
Post # 8
There’s nothing wrong with having an alcohol-free wedding, especially if you can’t afford the extra expenses that go along with it. If the decision was fully mine I wouldn’t be serving alcohol at my wedding either. The day is about celebrating the love between you and your husband, not an excuse for people to get wasted. They can go to the bar on their own time for that.
Post # 9
In all honestly I would try to figure out the exact costs of all you mentioned and somehow take that out of your initial “alcohol budget” (say, choose to have only beer and wine instead of beer, wine and an assortment of hard liquor, especially if nobody there is big on drinking) instead of getting rid of the alcohol altogether. I understand when people choose to have an alcohol-free wedding for personal reasons, but if it’s just the finances and there is some way of crunching the numbers to make it work, I’m sure your guests would appreciate having something to toast the newlyweds with. 🙂
In any case, whatever you choose, it definitely won’t be “tacky”! They’re not coming there for the drinks, right?
Post # 10
@tnicole: For me–I stopped going to DH’s family weddings after back-to-back non-alcohol receptions. On Saturday night, yet.
You can do what you like, but please don’t expect me to come to your wedding from out of state and endure 5 hours at a sit down evening event without some wine.
Afternoon parties, wedding breakfasts, etc–are ok with me for not serving alcohol.
But if it is true that your family really doesn’t drink, and I do understand that because my family doesn’t, then you might be ok without it. But then, in my family back when I was young we didn’t have Saturdaynight 5 hours wedding receptions.
Post # 11
Oh & I forgot to mention, along with the insurance, license and buying the alcohol yourself, they also require a PROFESSIONAL BARTENDER, wth, really? Like the insurance and license wont cover it alone -___-
Post # 12
The way I look at it is, if you don’t come to my wedding because you can’t have alcohol then I don’t want you there anyway. As an adult, I am perfectly capable of having fun sans alcohol. We are having a lunch reception and forgoing alcohol due to budget constraints. We felt having it during the day would make it easier to not have a bar. We will be serving prosecco for the toast. Alcohol is expensive, and hosting an open bar is even more expensive. I get treating your guests, but you shouldn’t have to put yourself into the hole to do so.
Post # 13
Ive only been to a few dry weddings, and from what I could tell.. they were pretty boring. There wasn’t really much to do… some dancing.. but dancing is always better when you have a few in you.
I understand if it’s not doable, and it’s perfectly acceptable, I prefer to have alcohol at weddings though.
Post # 14
My FI and I have decided not to have any alcohol at our wedding because of costs (we are paying for the wedding ourselves). We have to provide insurance, a licensed bartender, AND buy all the alcohol 🙁 Just not do-able with our broke college butts! Fortunately, our families are not huge drinkers. We’re having 100 guests and only about 1/3 of them would probably drink. We’re going to have iced tea, sparkling lemonade, and other drinks 🙂 If they want a drink so bad, they can get one somewhere else after the wedding!
Post # 15
I’d look into the cost of doing just champagne or a signature drink. or perhaps suggesting an “after party” where guests can buy their own after the reception.
Post # 16
Totally cool with no alcohol, and punch and/or mock tails would more than make up for it. I <3 mocktails.