Dry Ceremony Ideas

posted 3 months ago in Reception
Post # 2
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

Just do a morning ceremony and brunch. Done.

I wouldn’t expect people to hang around to long as the one dry wedding I went to most people were gone before they cut the cake.

Post # 3
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Busy bee

Afternoon tea party?  

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

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@sociallydistancedbride:  how many people? 

if it’s a small wedding there are SOOOOO MANY things I can think of.  Also what season? 

Post # 6
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Sugar bee

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@sociallydistancedbride:  Do you believe your guests won’t see a delicious brunch and the opportunity to chat with other guests as a good time?

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

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@sociallydistancedbride:  I’ve always thought going go karting or doing laser tag in a wedding dress would REALLY fun 

Post # 9
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

I would definitely do a brunch reception where alcohol won’t be expected (though some may miss mimosas, but they’ll get over it). You could always invite guests to some sort of “after party” event later that evening (I’m assuming next summer…hopefully we are back to normal) for more fun. I think a relaxing brunch reception of mingling is perfectly fine. I don’t expect to be entertained at a wedding. Is there anything in your area that a small group of people could go do later? Karaoke…a sporting event…bowling…murder mystery theater if you’re into that?

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2017

My husband’s cousin had a dry wedding last year that I attended. It was a dinner reception, and a non drinker myself it really didn’t feel any different from any other wedding to me, although it ended a bit earlier. There’s no reason you can’t have a dancing just because there’s no alcohol, if that’s something you want!

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

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@sociallydistancedbride:  Personally, I don’t feel not having alcohol needs to change your wedding into a different sort of event. It sounds like you feel the need to overcompensate for having a dry wedding. A brunch wedding is fine, and there are many people who don’t need liquid courage to dance. Just do your brunch wedding with some mocktails. You can have mimosas with orange juice and a sparkling cider. The only difference that is absolute between a dry wedding and a wedding with alcohol is that there’s no alcohol. It doesn’t need to change your wedding into activity based, and many people don’t want to have to play coordinated games or engage in those types of activities at a wedding. They’re attending to celebrate you while they eat and socialize. 

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Honey Beekeeper

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@sociallydistancedbride:  “I understand, that a lack of alcohol means that a dancefloor wouldn’t make much sense”

People really don’t have to be buzzed or drunk to enjoy music, dancing, and socializing at a wedding.  I’ve been to a few dry weddings and many brunch or lunches where they served maybe one drink for the toast early on and still hosted a full blown dance party. It’s actually a pretty sad statement on a guest list if people are incapable of enjoying an occasion and in need of elaborate distraction and entertainment if they are not allowed to be drinking all day or night. 

And even if you don’t want dancing, is a meal, music, and socializing not a celebration? 

Post # 13
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Buzzing Beekeeper

Do you care what your celebration looks like? As in do you want your guests dressed up or casual?

If you want dressed up then I would go garden tea party. You could have games like croquet and the big jenga.

If you don’t mind casual then maybe find a lake or beach that you can get married at and have bbq, swimming and beach games.

Engagement parties here are often held at lawn bowls clubs and everyone barefoot bowls and it is always a fun evening.

But I agree with pp that if the only way your guestlist can have fun is to be drinking then that says a lot about them and I would not change my wedding to entertain them.

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Post # 14
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Busy bee

A friend of mine didn’t have a dry wedding, but there were a lot of children so drinking wasn’t the main game.

They had a big lawn area with horseshoes, cornhole, frisbees, etc for everyone to enjoy and it was amazing. More people chose to bond over there than dance, bit some dancing still happened.

For my first marraige I did a brunch wedding and regret the timing (along with my choice of groom, lol).

The day was a rush beforehand and then I had most of the day leftover and it didn’t feel special. Just a heads up, so you can fill in your afternoon ahead of time.

Post # 15
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Busy bee

I don’t think you NEED to change anything if you don’t want to. As a person who does drink I’m more than happy to go to a wedding that doesn’t have alcohol (I’ve been to several) and dance my face off. I don’t NEED alcohol to have a fun time or to be silly- I simply enjoy a cocktail or two when they do happen to be available.

But if you DO want to change things just because I think  laser tag or go carting or a mystery dinner or minor league baseball or bowling or something would be so much fun!

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