Making a dry wedding fun

posted 4 months ago in Reception
Post # 31
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Bumble bee

parisetwenty :  I’ve never gone to a wedding expecting to have fun because of alcohol.  It’s nice if the hosts provide it but I’m a big girl who doesn’t need social lubricants to have fun.

Post # 32
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Newbee
  • Wedding: Kleinburg, Ontario

bywater :  When it comes to wedding guest expectations, I think you’re in the minority. To each his own though! 

Post # 33
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Bumble bee

Were having a semi-dry wedding. We don’t really drink and neither do our families… 

Also planned for a small, afternoon, early evening summer wedding. Appy hour with beer, wine…  then punch with dinner.

We will have games on the tables, but planned on an early end after desserts as most people will have a few hours drive to attend. 

My future nephew is a recording artist and may play some music after dinner, but we will have ambient music with dinner etc. 

 It will be clear to guests it’s a daytime wedding. With limited booze, no dancing… 

Post # 34
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2017

We are both Muslim so we had a dry wedding for religious reasons and it was fun! We had music and dancing and food and all had a great time!!

Post # 35
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

I would do mocktails and an espresso bar!  Honestly, people who can’t have fun without alcohol kind of suck, in my opinion.

Post # 36
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2020

mocktails would be my suggestion, they’re yummy in general and may have a placebo effect for getting people to relax.

really its the people that make a wedding though, if you dont need alcohol to have fun at a dinner break at work or trip to the park with your friends and kids etc… then you shouldnt need it at a wedding, its all just in peoples heads.

Post # 37
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

I think know your crowd. Personally, I think board games is one of those things that sounds fun, but in practice nobody plays them.

A lot of my friends drink very little or nothing. We didn’t have a dry wedding, but I doubt it would have made much difference if we had – the bar takings were quite low. But if our crowd was in to going to bars and being raucous, it probably wouldn’t have worked as well.

As a tee-totaller myself, I would definitely appreciate interesting mocktails/things to drink that aren’t just Coke. Tea and coffee went down very well at our wedding (more popular in fact at the drinks reception than the Prosecco).

Cheesy songs, I find, do get people dancing, and also I’ve been to a lot of very popular weddings with ceilidhs. But you need a good caller for that, to encourage people to join in, and probably a large venue/guest list.

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