(Closed) No alcohol to save $$?

posted 5 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
1159 posts
Bumble bee

@tnicole:  I went to a wedding where there was no alcohol but they provided non alocholic cocktails. That was nice and i didn’t end up missing the alcohol.

Post # 4
4687 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2013 - Upstate NY

It’s not tacky and I do see where you’re coming from but I believe an adult reception should have adult drink. It usually proves to be more fun. Providing alcohol to 60 people, especially if your side doesn’t drink, wouldn’t be that expensive. Maybe some decent beet, a few bottles of red and white?

About the insurance… if you own a home, you can simply take out an umbrella policy for a month and get it covered! I have to do this for my venue- $1,000,000!! But it’s going to be cheap, under $100 I believe.

Post # 5
9954 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

Not serving alcohol is not tacky…

It is just “another interpretation” of what a Wedding Reception can be.

Mind you like sharontobemarried:  said it is nice if there is either a Welcome Mocktail or Punch available to your Guests along with the usual other items like Bottled Water, Juices, Pop, Tea & Coffee

Hope this helps,


Post # 7
2685 posts
Sugar bee

It’s totally ok to do an alcohol-free reception.  It sounds like the guests are not big drinkers so alcohol is something you could probably get rid of with few complaints.  And there are tons of delicious options for non-alcoholic drinks.  

I’ve been to one alcohol-free reception but most of the guests were heavy drinkers, and they kept sneaking out to the bar next door.  I would at least take a look at the prices for everything because you may find it’s not that bad.  If the venue is letting you supply your own alcohol, that’s a huge savings.

Post # 8
5189 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2013

There’s nothing wrong with having an alcohol-free wedding, especially if you can’t afford the extra expenses that go along with it. If the decision was fully mine I wouldn’t be serving alcohol at my wedding either. The day is about celebrating the love between you and your husband, not an excuse for people to get wasted. They can go to the bar on their own time for that. 

Post # 9
687 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

In all honestly I would try to figure out the exact costs of all you mentioned and somehow take that out of your initial “alcohol budget” (say, choose to have only beer and wine instead of beer, wine and an assortment of hard liquor, especially if nobody there is big on drinking) instead of getting rid of the alcohol altogether. I understand when people choose to have an alcohol-free wedding for personal reasons, but if it’s just the finances and there is some way of crunching the numbers to make it work, I’m sure your guests would appreciate having something to toast the newlyweds with. ๐Ÿ™‚

In any case, whatever you choose, it definitely won’t be “tacky”! They’re not coming there for the drinks, right? 

Post # 10
3586 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2000

@tnicole:  For me–I stopped going to DH’s family weddings after back-to-back non-alcohol receptions. On Saturday night, yet.


You can do what you like, but please don’t expect me to come to your wedding from out of state and endure 5 hours at a sit down evening event without some wine.


Afternoon parties, wedding breakfasts, etc–are ok with me for not serving alcohol.


But if it is true that your family really doesn’t drink, and I do understand that because my family doesn’t, then you might be ok without it. But then, in my family back when I was young we didn’t have Saturdaynight 5 hours wedding receptions.


Post # 12
488 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

The way I look at it is, if you don’t come to my wedding because you can’t have alcohol then I don’t want you there anyway. As an adult, I am perfectly capable of having fun sans alcohol. We are having a lunch reception and forgoing alcohol due to budget constraints. We felt having it during the day would make it easier to not have a bar. We will be serving prosecco for the toast. Alcohol is expensive, and hosting an open bar is even more expensive. I get treating your guests, but you shouldn’t have to put yourself into the hole to do so.

Post # 13
8576 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

Ive only been to a few dry weddings, and from what I could tell.. they were pretty boring. There wasn’t really much to do… some dancing.. but dancing is always better when you have a few in you.

I understand if it’s not doable, and it’s perfectly acceptable, I prefer to have alcohol at weddings though.

Post # 14
766 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

My Fiance and I have decided not to have any alcohol at our wedding because of costs (we are paying for the wedding ourselves). We have to provide insurance, a licensed bartender, AND buy all the alcohol ๐Ÿ™ Just not do-able with our broke college butts! Fortunately, our families are not huge drinkers. We’re having 100 guests and only about 1/3 of them would probably drink. We’re going to have iced tea, sparkling lemonade, and other drinks ๐Ÿ™‚ If they want a drink so bad, they can get one somewhere else after the wedding!

Post # 15
138 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I’d look into the cost of doing just champagne or a signature drink. or perhaps suggesting an “after party” where guests can buy their own after the reception.

Post # 16
1177 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Totally cool with no alcohol, and punch and/or mock tails would more than make up for it. I <3 mocktails.

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