(Closed) Those two dreaded words…”Dry Wedding”

posted 10 years ago in Reception
Post # 47
1874 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

Given your situation I would say a dry wedding or a champagne toast at the most would be a great idea. I’m doing a champagne toast only wedding since the venue offered to throw in a champagne fountain. Actually every wedding I’ve been to has been a dry wedding. Its more common than some may think, or at least in my area. If someone wants a drink, then I dont see anything wrong with them going to the nearest bar after the wedding. Also what time of day are you having your wedding? Maybe closer to an afternoon where people would tend to drink less or not at all may be something to think about.

Post # 48
2831 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I think a dry wedding would be fine.  You could just serve bubbly for the toast or see if having the bar open for an hour or so before dinner only is an option.  Our venue offers wine service with dinner, also – you could just do that.  Then you don’t have to tell anyone that it’s a dry wedding.  If they get there and get upset when the bar closes your mother can just tell them that you wanted to please everyone so you had the bar open as long as you could afford.

Post # 49
2163 posts
Buzzing bee

You are the host, you get to determine the menu, including drinks.  If people leave early because there isn’t booze that is on them.  I love a drink, but if it isn’t provided, I will still have a good time.

I also belive dry is more polite then asking your guests to pay for any portion of your hospitality.

Provide what you want.

Post # 50
2294 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I had a dry wedding and we had a ton of fun!  I’d go with what feels best to the both of you.  If people don’t come because it’s dry then they aren’t truly friends to begin with.

Post # 51
409 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I would compromise and offer some kind of alcohol. Not a full-on open bar but maybe lower-alcohol wine, champagne & light beer.

If those heavy drinkers get wind of it, they may just bring their own or leave to get some & come back & trust me, secretly swigging from a botle of vodka can get you in alot more trouble than a couple of beers.

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