Post # 1
Hopefully ya’ll can give me some suggestions on where to have my wedding b/c I am totally confused!!! I have found a venue that is ALMOST perfect except you can’t have alcohol and I am having a dancing reception. I want people to let loose and dance but im scared without alcohol the dance floor will look empty. Plus it is already a huge room anyways (6,700 sq.ft) and I am only having 150 guests. Do ya’ll think I should have it there and risk the dance floor looking empty or try to find another venue? Please HELp!!!
Post # 3
This depends… 1. Budget?? 2. Kids?? Usually if you play a mix of the right music people will dance! I personally would not change venues because of no alch allowed, however, it will greatly depend on your personal pref. I honestly do not want my guest getting tipsy cause you never know what can happen when people start drinking. Yes people tend to dance more when they are drinking, however, they also tend to be loud, obnoxious, and can start fights. YIKES. Not to mention I do not want to pay for drinks for 150 people.
Post # 4
I would find another venue, I can admit that to me a party = alcohol and I would never have imagined having a wedding without it, even if we didn’t have dancing (which we did). BUT many people feel differently and would happily have an alcohol-free wedding. It comes down to you, your FI and your guests.
Post # 5
Thanks for the suggestions!Yea i am really on the fence about this one.. This venue is a little pricery than some but it is deff. worth it, its very convenient! I am going to have a few kids there! I am like you mountain.bride to me a party=alcohol, but my FH is kinda against it b/c his grandfather is a preacher! I am worried to spend a lot of money on the venue and decorations if everyone is going to leave after they eat, b/c thats what people tend to do where i am from. I want people to stay and dance!
Post # 6
Also if you want to keep the venue and have to have a dry wedding then there are a few things to get things MOVING. You could go straight from your first dance to something really upbeat and get your BM, GM and you and ur hubby to do a upbeat dance… HOOLA HOOPS are always fun and get people to no only laugh but want to be silly to. Its cheap easy way to get ur guests involved.. Have a hoola hoop contest! Swing Dancing.. even if you cant Swing gets people in the mood to dance. And if your on the floor with the not so stuctured rehersed dance moves I assure you people will follow.
Post # 7
If it is a venue that you are absolutely in love with it – go for it! It is your wedding and you should do what makes you happy… What would most of your guests expect? From the sounds of your FFIL, it sounds as though maybe your FI’s side of the family is not big into drinking anyway so lack of alcohol wouldn’t really make a difference.
Depending on your guests, I would maybe make sure they know ahead of time it’s going to be dry. That’s just from my experience as I know my family/friends would be very shocked and disappointed to find a dry reception if they weren’t alerted to the fact ahead of time. Having fun without alcohol shouldn’t be something that people get upset about but as alcohol is usually served at most weddings (either cash or open bar), I think it’s worth a mention just so people are aware…