Weddings tend to be a time for celebrating. For most people that means that there’s an expectation for flowing alcohol and open bar. However, some couples, for many different reasons, might decide to make their wedding a dry one. While their guests might not be thrilled about that, it’s still possible to have a great reception without having any alcohol.
Reasons to Have a Dry Reception
Some people might decide to have a dry reception due to things like alcohol-related deaths in the family. Others might have close family members in recovery or they, themselves may have recently completed an alcohol treatment, like one of many rehab facilities in Colorado and other places. They might also be afraid that some of their guests might get a bit too rowdy if they consume too much and would prefer a peaceful reception. These are just a few examples.
Letting Guests Know
Once you’ve decided that you want your reception to be dry, time to let your guests know. There are a number of ways to do so. The first thing you might want to do is to put it right on your wedding website. This is the best and easiest way to allow your guests to know about the lack of bar and anything else that’s pertinent. You can also make sure that you mention it in the invitations.
How Would It Work?
At a wedding reception, there are always a few things that are expected. One of those is reception toasts. So, how do you have the toasts without any alcohol? One way is to have sparkling cider or grape juice ready. Nobody ever said that the toasts have to be done with alcohol. A host of other options can be available. Go beyond things like soft drinks and water. You can always have cocktails without the alcohol. You might serve virgin pina coladas, daiquiris, and margaritas. Another idea is to serve flavored lemonades, teas, and sodas to give the guests an array of options. If your wedding happens to be in the cooler months, you might consider things like flavored lattes and hot chocolate. You might also have a couple of different types of punch mixed up for your guests to help themselves to.
Plan Fun Activities
You can make your guests forget that they aren’t drinking by planning a host of fun activities. These might include things like outdoor activities with table games, and even photo booths. Also, alcohol tends to loosen people up and is helpful when it comes to getting them up and dancing. If you’re planning a dry reception, you might want to splurge on the DJ or band along with an emcee. This can entice guests to get their booties on the dance floor.
Planning a wedding reception that doesn’t involve alcohol might not be something that’s usual, but that doesn’t mean that it can’t or shouldn’t be done. Remember that this is your day, plan it in a way that suits the preferences of both you and your soon to be spouse.