(Closed) Dry Reception

posted 10 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
72 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

It’s a different kind of wedding than most people are used to, and a lot of people wont dance without a few drinks, but that’s ok, they’ll get over it.  Not every wedding needs to be exactly the same and what’s important is that you and your fiancee enjoy the day.   

Carla on Top Chef had to make a cocktail as part of the challenge last week and made a non alcholic one that won over the judges that sounded good:


Post # 4
25 posts
  • Wedding: August 2010

My first wedding was a dry reception, and we all had a blast. (Too bad the marriage didn’t stick!) You don’t need alcohol to have a good time– and I am sure that your guests will prove that to you 🙂 They’re there to support you and show you that they love you, so I am sure they won’t mind. You could have a bunch of different virgin cocktails or punches that are fun and fruity to keep them interested as well.

Post # 5
400 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

I’m sure they’ll get loose and have fun. You should enlist a few of your more outgoing friends to get out on the dance floor and cut loose. Sometimes it just takes someone else doing it to get everyone else involved. 🙂

Post # 6
1882 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I’ve gone to one. I’m not going to lie and say it was the best time of my life because it was actually really boring and the food stunk (not that that had anything to do with the non alcoholic drinks),  but I was there for my friend and to sing in her wedding, and after the reception we had an afterparty at their house. ..the reception was more for the parents.

Post # 7
813 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

I think it can still be fun! I think you just need to set the tone. If you set things up to *feel* fun, then it will be. Plus, it sounds like your family and your FI’s family will take the lead and *get loose* so I’m sure your guests will follow!

Post # 8
183 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

I have been to lots of dry receptions (they are the norm in my family), and I can honestly say that they can be absolutely as much fun as any reception with alcohol.  If you have all the other elements of a great reception (plenty of tasty food, well-planned seating, etc.), you don’t need the alcohol.  If you plan for the kind of fun that your families have, other guests will join in. 

 We’re having a "Mocktail Hour" before our reception.  We googled mocktail, found some sites with great ideas, and are going down the list trying various recipes.  I think we’ll probably have a spritzer like sarakat28 posted and one more complicated beverage (with layers).

Post # 9
2000 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

I’m in the same boat. My venue is necessitating a dry reception, so instead of focusing on dancing (you’re right, people will have a hard time loosening up enough for it), we’re going to have board and card games (and maybe some lawn games outside) at the reception. I think it will be a good way for our families and friends to get to know each other. Plus I’m not big into dancing and always wish when I’m at weddings that I could play cards without it seeming strange! 

Post # 11
20 posts
  • Wedding: September 2009

We are non-drinkers and are planning on a dry reception. We are going to try to keep it "homey" with buckets of glass bottled soda / lemonade / iced tea / Pellegrino water.  A couple of things I’m taking into consideration while planning:

* A fun DJ – we are booking a more experienced DJ who shouldn’t need to do anything "gimmicky" to keep the dance floor packed.

* Ways to connect guests to one another. I like the idea of "ask me about…" name-tags featuring fun facts about our guests that could be used as icebreakers. But we don’t like the idea of a bunch of nametags in the pictures so we are trying to brainstorm on that idea. We could apply it to tables somehow if we decide on a seating plan (which I’m against). But I love the idea.

*An after-reception destination – we are planning on announcing that we will be at a downtown bar (one that has live music or karaoke) at a certain time after the reception. It’s laid back and casual and the guests who want a drink are more than welcome at the bar. 

Good Luck!  


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