Post # 1
I wanted to know if any of you have any creative ways of saying that We will only be serving Coke and water until after the ceremony. We will be getting married on a Yacht and plan to have an open bar, after the ceremony. I don’t want everyone to be drunk during the ceremony. It will take 45-mins to an hour before we start the ceremony because of where we chose to get married.
Would love to hear all of your ideas!!
Post # 3
I’ve never heard of a wedding where refreshments were served before the ceremony, so I actually don’t think you need to say anything! It’s a bonus that you are giving anything out at all.
Post # 4
Put a sign on the bar saying you are serving refreshments until the ceremony, alcohol will not be served until the cocktail hour.
Post # 5
I wouldn’t say anything– I agree with PP that it’s a bonus you are serving anything at all before/during the ceremony! The bartenders can always tell people if they ask questions.
Post # 6
- Wedding: February 2018 - Toronto, Ontario
umm say there will be a dry bar before the ceremony?
Post # 7
not rude at all, actually very nice of you! Maybe just put up a sign somewhere that says “Please stay hydrated with soft drinks and water before the ceremony” or something cuter saying something along the lines of partying later…?
Post # 8
I got a cute idea… hope you like it:
“Please refresh while we get dressed!”
Post # 9
I also wanted to add that I intend on serving warm drinks (hot cocoa, coffee and hot caramel apple cider with some of those different flavored wafer sticks) to guests because we are having an outdoor ceremony in late fall.
Post # 10
So you are getting married on aboat but the ceremony does not start right away correct… so you want to offer drinks for the guest but not alcoholic ones? I think it’s fine to just offer coke and water, just make it clear that acohol will only be available after the ceremony at cocktail hour with a sign at the bar.
Also, I have only been to one wedding where refreshments were served before the cemoney and I thought it was nice. It wasn’t alcoholic either and no one complained and there was no sign.
Post # 11
Maybe something like “The adult beverage bar will open after the ceremony”. I’ve watched a ceremony tipsy before. I was weepy throughout the entire thing, you are wise to keep people from over-consuming!
Post # 12
- Wedding: October 2012 - Prairie Production- Chicago (loft)
People will not expect alcholol to be served before the ceremony starts. Its served to celebrate the marriage. So…instead of saying anything, if yiu really want to put a little sign by the bar area of what is available at the moment and switch it out when the party starts. Im sure your bartender will take care of this- I wouldnt worry about it.
Post # 13
I don’t even think a sign is necessary. Just have the bartenders tell anyone who asks that alcohol is not being served until cocktail hour after the ceremony.
Post # 14
I appreciate all your comments, Makes me feel a lot better about my decision.
With out making it too complicated we are serving the Appetizers before the ceremony because of time constraints. Once we arrive at our destination the ceremony will begin. I was thinking of something like, Enjoy Coke and water on us until we say I Do, Bar will open in a few.
Not sure if I like that though.
Post # 15
I agree with this. People will not be looking for alcohol BEFORE the ceremony.
Post # 16
I have no issue with non alcoholic drinks, but coke or water is a little bit limited.