Post # 1
We are having a dry wedding, both because I’m not a big fan of alcohol and the venue doesn’t allow any alcohol. But does anyone have suggestions of what to serve during the cocktail hour? Obviously cocktails are out… it will be morning so there will be coffee and hopefully water for tea, as well as punch and cold water. Is this enough?
Post # 3
Lemonade! Or even orange juice.
Realistically, 4 types (water, tea, coffee, and punch) should be plenty, but you could add more if you wanted.
Post # 4
@Tigerlilybride: infused water or even an italian soda bar with fruity flavors
Post # 5
IMHO a wedding needs good food, a good variety of ice cold drinks and plenty of both. Alcohol is just icing on the cake & helps the party last longer.
I’ve been to dry weddings before and in my experience they never last as long as weddings with alcohol. Not that they’re less enjoyable, they’re just different. The best have all had amazing food and a good selection of non-alcoholic drinks. I don’t think you have to do mocktails, but adding soda, juices, sparkling cider, and/or sparkling water would be a lot nicer & enjoyable then the water/punch/tea route.
Post # 6
@Tigerlilybride: That’s what I’m having at my dry wedding. I surveyed our families, and they said they’d be fine with just punch, water, coffee and tea.
You could do a signature mocktail, though, that would be really cute. There should be tons of recipes for fizzy punches on the internet.
Post # 7
We had a dry wedding. We had soda (2-3 types), water & tea. It went over well, and lasted just as long as I wanted (I was tired and wanted to GTFO of there.)
Post # 8
I’m pretty sure thats how I’ll feel. Its a lunch anyways, so theres some dancing but its short.
Post # 9
@Tigerlilybride: Yeah, ours was lunch, too. We had a 11 AM wedding and we took about 45 minutes to an hour for photos, then we had the first dance/father daughter/mother son dance then everyone could eat, drink & be merry. Everyone stuck around for two or three hours after that, then we packed up and went home.
By the reception, I just wanted to go home and sleep. I was tired, I had to get up before the sun to get hair & makeup done, so I was exceptionally pleased it ended when it did.
Post # 10
I’d maybe add some soda, or italian soda with different flavors. Or orange juice if its in the AM
Post # 11
You should have an espresso bar!
Post # 12
My cousin did a tea. Granted, they served mimosas and champagne as well as tea and coffee–but you could do fancy flavored lemonades, teas, and expresso.
Post # 13
Maybe sparkling cider? Something more celebratory? If it’s a brunch thing you could have a mock-mimosa stand. Maybe even a mock-bloody mary stand?
Iced tea as well because if it’s in August, people may want cold drinks. If you had iced coffee and I was a guest I may even forgive you for not having alcohol.
I wouldn’t count water as a “drink option”. Water is just water, even with a lemon or lime or a pretty straw.
Post # 14
@Tigerlilybride: I second the Italian soda bar idea! That sounds fantastic!