Dry Ceremony Ideas

posted 3 months ago in Reception
Post # 17
7397 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

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@sociallydistancedbride:  Honestly I would just have a morning ceremony + brunch reception. There’s no need to do anything special or find anything to attempt to make it off beat or out of the box. In my experience most guests would rather just come and enjoy food and conversation as opposed to particpating in random activities. I’ve photographed several dry weddings over the years and the most successful are morning ceremony w/ brunch reception, so you’re off to the right start. You could always do a dessert table of various pastries or an expresso bar. Otherwise I’d just keep it simple. 

Post # 18
807 posts
Busy bee

I don’t drink at all and this hasn’t affected my enjoyment at any of the weddings I’ve been to.  I don’t see that you ‘need’ to change the wedding format because it’s ‘dry’ unless you want to.

If you’re looking for a format that would make it more normal/expected that there is no alcohol, then I’d either pick a brunch or afternoon tea.

Post # 19
527 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2021

I think if you’re used to drinking when dancing, it’s hard to have a full on dance party when totally dry. I disagree that it reflects badly on guests if they don’t want to have a dance party while sober…

IMO your best bet is to have a regular brunch reception. Some lawn games might be fun during cocktail (mocktail?) hour though. if I were a guest I would prefer to just have a nice brunch experience…I also agree with having an espresso station where people can get nice cappuccinos and such. 

Post # 21
1227 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

Coffee hour!

some old friends who are both sober had a dry wedding and they had an espresso bar with a barista!

lattes, mochas, and Americanos and vanilla, caramel, and chocolate additions it was fun a different! Also have a little energy boost, and they were able to have steamers and Italian sodas for the non coffee drinkers, there were more things too like tea’etc…. I just thought it was cool to have a latte at a wedding! Lol

Post # 22
10106 posts
Sugar Beekeeper

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 I think a morning wedding with brunch would be lovely in its own right plus and the lack of alchohol would be a non issue . Honestly, l don’t think you need to knock yourself out thinking of any ways to ‘compensate’ or make it more fun. If l was your friend l would be thrilled to be there . 

Post # 23
7807 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

A brunch w/ a coffee bar would be great. An afternoon tea w/ garden games would be fun as well. People should be there to celebrate your marriage. If you really feel it’s necessary to offer something, based upon your update, a champagne toast would be nice, but not required. 

Post # 24
2976 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2017

I would go for any kind of dessert bar lol. I think a shake bar would be fun! My husband and I aren’t drinkers, but we love dessert lol. I wouldn’t get into Mad Libs. I like an afternoon tea idea, too. I’ll dance if sober, but I’m probably a weirdo. 

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