(Closed) Over 21, but no alcohol at reception?

posted 7 years ago in 20 Something
  • poll: Do you think my guests will be upset/disappointed that we are not having any alcohol?
    Yes : (121 votes)
    67 %
    No : (59 votes)
    33 %
  • Post # 3
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    My Fi and I are in our mid 20s and we don’t drink.  So we politely explained it to his fam (mine don’t drink either) and they were totally fine with it.  They thought it was fine cause it’s our wedding and a representation of who we are (and also same venue issues).

    If your friends want to drink then go with them to an after party.

    Post # 4
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    Sure, some people are going to be really bummed, but it’s not worth changing venues.

    I’ve been to multiple dry weddings and found them to be just as fun and enjoyable.

    Personally, if someone didn’t want to come to my wedding because there wouldn’t be alcohol there, I wouldn’t want him/her there anyways. 

    Post # 5
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    201 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    Some people may be a little bummed out about it, but it’s your wedding and you’re the one footing the bill, so don’t worry about it! I think they’ll still have a great time. If you don’t drink or you don’t approve of drinking, then you shouldn’t have to pay for others to drink either! My fiance and I are vegetarians and we are not having any meat or egg products served at our reception because it goes against what we believe. Good luck!

    Post # 6
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    Yes, some of them will. But it’s your wedding and if you don’t want/can’t have alcohol there that’s your choice and not theirs. Fiance and I decided that to cut costs the only free beverage will be soda since there’s a $75 all you can drink soda deal at our venue. But we don’t want to spend hundreds for our relatives to get drunk and as brideatbeach said, if the lack of alcohol is their reason for not coming you wouldn’t want them there anyway.

    Post # 7
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: May 2010

    what about a signature non alcoholic drink??  some of them are super yummy and for a hot august wedding, you could have lots of fun coming up with something

    Post # 8
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    @eloping: That’s what I was going to suggest as well.

    Or other fun things like an ice cream bar or chocolate fondue area will keep guests happy as well : )

    Post # 9
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: April 2012

    Will some people be disappointed? For sure. But you can’t please everyone. I think you should tell folks in advance, so they know what to expect, especially if your friend/family normally offer alcohol. But don’t stress over it, unless YOU really want alcohol. If you’re okay with it, I’m sure your guests will be, too. 

    Post # 10
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: December 2011

    Some people need a stiff drink to get through family functions, they will just bring their own ice chest in their cars. Or that might just be my family 😉

    Post # 11
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    We are in our twenties but we’re religious and so are most of our families and friends so there won’t be drinks there. The guests wouldn’t even expect there to be, anyways. Its fine with us.

    Post # 12
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: September 2011

    We’re not having alcohol because of some family issues, so we’re hosting a mini afterparty at our apartment. I know some people will be disappointed, but i’m not too concerned :). You really can’t please everyone.

    Post # 14
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    I second eloping’s idea. We didn’t have alcohol but offered glass bottles Dublin Dr. Pepper (with a little sign explaining the significance of our choice since it’s the drink of our university) during the cocktail/Dr Pepper Hour and then iced tea, lemonade and water during the reception. Everyone seemed to loved the Dr Pepper.

    No one complained to us during the reception and the few people that mentioned something beforehand were ones that also complained when Darling Husband stopped drinking so that was to be expected on their end (in short, those that complained were being kind of ridiculous with all things alcohol)

    Post # 15
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: May 2010

    i commented on another thread that i love the glass dispensers with various drinks in them – i even bought one myself because they look fabulous with lime or lemons inside them

    Post # 16
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    Newbee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    This was an issue of mine as well!  I got some great ideas and have actually decided that we are going to have a non-alcoholic drink bar!  I think we will have like 4-6 different drinks in the glass containers with cute names like love potion etc on each one with a one line explaining what it really is!  I think it will be lots of fun and people will be too involved in trying all the drinks that they won’t even care there is no booze 🙂

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