(Closed) Anyone else having alcohol free reception?

posted 12 years ago in Reception
Post # 32
445 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I would love to have Alcohol at our wedding… but i just dont think it is possible on our tiny little almost non existant budget that we have left…. 

Me & my Man like to have a drink or two when we go out. I feel it loosens up people. Most of his family doesnt drink but alot of my family do like to drink at parties.

I dont know… LOL I might just stash away some of my own… Fiance said he would have to have a drink or two if i wanted him dancing or he would be too nervous and tell some of my friends and such that i know drink .. they could so the same descretely if they wish LOL


At the same time there is some ppl i know will be at my wedding that I definately would not want to provide alcohol to else they make a scene

Post # 33
39 posts
  • Wedding: September 2021

We’re not having alcohol b/c they are asking for $500 non refundable deposit for it. Not to mention we’re also on a tight budget. If it was refundable i would totally have it b/c i want my guests to have fun and drink. It’ll be a lunch reception so i’m hoping people will understand.

Post # 34
16 posts

Just wondering… for the folks who said they’re not having alcohol, where are you having your wedding?

Our wedding is in NYC and though I’d rather not have alcohol (its so expensive) I feel like a lot of people would enjoy having it. Our coworkers and family members all like to relax with a drink – some really need it to have fun, I think. So we have to add almost $1000 to our reception tab to get wine for guests. Is that kind of crazy? I just thought we had to suck it up until now.


Post # 35
2492 posts
Buzzing bee

@cama, location is totally irrelevant, as you can see from the locations that are listed after each person’s screen name. No one *needs* alcohol to enjoy themselves and those who do or claim they do need it are placing more importance on the alcohol than celebrating the couple’s new life together. If you don’t want to serve it or can’t afford to, then don’t offer it. People can enjoy themselves for 4-5 hrs without a drink. If they can’t then they should decline the invite and stay home, and they have bigger issues to deal with on their own time, not yours.

Post # 37
12 posts
  • Wedding: June 2010

we’re (gasp!) having neither drinking nor dancing.  neither is allowed at my church, but i would’ve made those choices anyway.  number one reason: my family doesn’t like drinking (family history, etc.).  number two reason: i just don’t care enough about either to spend the $$ on it.  it’ll be mostly family.  there will be lots of catching up to do, and the reception will be late-ish for most people in my family anyway (lots of kids).  number three reason: we can’t dance.  ha!  my Fiance is totally with this, though both of us love a good drink now and then.  it just works for us to not include either in the reception.

i’d say go by your audience.  if the guests would be appalled by no alcohol, then work with it.  if, as in our case, the guests won’t really care too much… then forget spending the money on it.  buy some drinks on the honeymoon and stock your drink cabinet at home!  😉

Post # 38
632 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

We are having alcohol, but my Fiance parents are paying for it and the bartenders because not many people on my side of the family drink, and my parents do not drink at all. I think that it is fine not to have alcohol.

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