(Closed) Alcohol Free Reception

posted 11 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
6390 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

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
1870 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

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
129 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

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 # 7
13561 posts
Honey Beekeeper

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
1418 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

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
6390 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

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
7298 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

@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
9024 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

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
1057 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

We’re having a cash bar. Basically, Fiance 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
2 posts

I’m having an alcohol-free wedding also.  Personal preference, plus alcohol is EXPENSIVE to provide!

Post # 14
4485 posts
Honey bee

Many people have had nonalcoholic weddings for one reason or another with huge success. Nearly everyone has enjoyed themselves too.

Post # 16
1876 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

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@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!

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