Post # 1
I have a question. Has anyone ever had a non-alcoholic toast option? Our venue includes an open bar and a champagne toast (as is the norm here) but we have some VIPs who don’t drink for various reasons, and I don’t want them to feel they have to toast with water.
I guess it’s not the end of the world if it can’t be done, but I’m big on not making non-drinkers feel weird.
If you had a non-alcoholic toast option, what was it and how did you let people know it was an option?
Post # 3
Could you get some bottles of champanade? (I think that’s what it’s called.) It’s basically sparkling white grape juice, but it comes in a nice bottle that looks like champagne. I know our grocery store’s sell it, so you could look for it there and then ask the venue if they could pick up a few bottles.
I’d have the bartender or server ask people if they wanted “alcoholic or non-alcoholic champagne”.
Post # 4
A lot of people don’t drink champagne even if they do drink alcohol and they end up just toasting with their water glass/beer/other beverage in front of them. Chances are your guests that aren’t drinking alcohol will be drinking something else and can just toast with that. I don’t think they’ll be offended to not receive another option, or to receive the alcohol option and not drink it.
Post # 5
True. I guess I can even pick them up and just ask if the servers can offer it up. I feel like in the past it’s already been placed at the tables, but maybe they wouldn’t mind walking around.
Post # 6
- Wedding: June 2014 - Baby #2 due Sep 2017
I went to a reception party a couple of weeks ago and wasn’t feeling too well and just toasted with Fanta (in an appropriate glass, not the can)! Noone batted an eyelid and I didn’t fee awkward at all.
It might just be me but I think you’re overthinking it. The non-drinkers will just help themselves at the open bar and toast with what they’re drinking.
Post # 7
I think you might be right and that I’m overthinking it. I’m just nervous b/c one of them is our best man and the not drinking isn’t exactly a choice. But I’m sure no one else will really notice.
Post # 8
Cider. I have been to a lot of weddings that had that as an option. I always got it because I don’t like champagne.
Post # 9
I second the sparkling juice. You could always have a few bottles avaliable. I think Martinelli’s is like $5/bottle at most (it’s the best brand and I drink it at holidays) and there are some cheaper brand (Welches) for $2 on sale.
Depending on their reasoning I might avoid Fre or other low-alchohol liquior. Yes they have a very minor amt of booze (like .01%) but for many people in recovery or w/ a medical condition that is not an option.
It’s also not a big deal for people to toast with coffee, water soda or an empty cup.
Post # 10
@Bubbles42: My friend toasted with sweet tea!