Making a dry wedding fun

posted 4 months ago in Reception
Post # 2
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

mrswaynnneee :  Fun activities, games, music, other fun drinks, etc. The one dry wedding we have been to they didnt have anything planned. No activities, no music, just food and then….time. We left about 30 mins after dinner. 

Post # 3
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Newbee
  • Wedding: Kleinburg, Ontario

mrswaynnneee :  Can I ask why you are choosing to have a dry wedding? If it’s because of cost, perhaps a consumption or cash bar could be an option. It’s your big day, you want people to have fun and unfortunately most guests expect alcohol to be part of that. embarassed

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2018

Music, games & activities bee!  Get the info from your friends and fam on what they’d like.  (People love nostalgia btw.  You’d be surprised how entertaining a game of jacks can be.)

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2017 - City, State

Mocktails would be a great alternative. I think having good music and maybe some games would also really add to it.

You don’t need to justify why you want to have a dry wedding. It’s your choice. People are perfectly capable of enjoying a nice event without alcohol. 

Post # 7
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Helper bee

90% of the weddings I’ve been to have been dry, and we all had fun. A lot of it depends on whether I have friends there to visit with and how late it goes (I’m not a late-night partier). If people NEED to drink to have a good time, something’s wrong. 🙄

Have board/card games on the tables, good music, good food and plenty of it, and don’t plan to stay super-late. 

Post # 8
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Blushing bee

mrswaynnneee :  

I think keeping it a more day time event like brunch is your best bet.. unless every guest of yours does not drink which I highly doubt I can honestly say most people don’t care to dance and all that night time fun when they are sober

Weddings are there to celebrate the couple and their love.. not play board games or other things for hours.. no offense but I think most people would much rather do that at home with their own selected friends/family, the one thing that annoys me if when dry weddings turn into this other event.. a wedding is a wedding so if you don’t want to serve alcohol then just keep it light and remove all the evening activities, theres no need to supplement 4 hours of dancing.. simply because you cant.

I think most successful dry weddings are thrown by people who can honestly recognize this, have it during brunch time with cute foods, non alcoholic Caesar/mimosa whatever bar.. you can have a photobooth if you want and just make it ceremony followed by meal and end it at that, you can have games for between ceremony/meal but I wouldn’t have anything after your meal, people are there to celebrate you just keep it short and sweet and itll be fine

Post # 9
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Blushing bee

mrswaynnneee :  Ok despite being underage though would all your friends be sneaking in drinks? .. I think 99% of people dirnk underage and it seems like you are about finsihing university/college age

I ask because I dont know if its really fair for the legal adults to not have any beverages while all the friends are carrying flasks

Post # 10
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I’ve been to one dry wedding. Their saving grace was that the DJ was awesome. He played great music, got the kids involved, played games, lead line dances etc. He was the star of the show, and the reason everyone stayed about 2.5 hours at the reception. There may be DJs that specialize in dry weddings so they know how to keep the crowd engaged. 

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

mrswaynnneee :  I totally understand your reasons for wanting a dry wedding, and really it’s unfortunate that some will still try to get you to change your stance. I agree with bethio :  that if someone can’t have fun at one event without alcohol, there’s a problem. 

Now, as to your question, mocktails and fun, non-alcoholic drinks are a good option, as well as some kind of dessert bar where people can have fun creating something (if you’re doing a brunch wedding it could be an omelet or pancake station for example). As for games, that’s a know yor crowd deal. Having games won’t make it any less a wedding, but it just depends if the majority of your guests would be into that. I know that I love game nights with my family and friends, but I wouldn’t want to go to a wedding and play games. However, when I got married, my mom was disappointed we didn’t have any hosted games. 

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2017

A brunch wedding with games – lawn games or otherwise could be really fun. As others mentioned you’re going to be dependent upon good entertainment. Good DJ, could do a caricature artist or a magician (there are ones who specialize in adult events). 

Post # 14
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Helper bee

mrswaynnneee :   We are having a dry wedding this September! 

 A few things that we are doing differently: 

1. We are having a brunch reception 

2. We are having tons of food options, including an omelette station. We are also looking into the possibility of having some “fancy” non alcoholic drinks

3. Our reception is only scheduled to last around 2.5 hours 

We have hired a DJ, but we really do not know if many people will dance. We are not doing any additional entertainment.

 

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I think if it’s acceptable to you, an earlier afternoon wedding might eliminate some expectation of alcohol. I went to a late morning wedding several years ago and they served lunch at the reception and no alcohol. I was mildly disappointed but still enjoyed the wedding.

 

I think a dessert bar is a good idea, if you can swing it.

 

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