How to Host an Alcohol-Free Wedding

Let’s be real– open bars can be really expensive. And while there are plenty of ways to cut your bar costs down from full bar service, some couples may not want to serve alcohol at their wedding at all.

Today, we thought we would answer some of the top questions couples have when planning an alcohol-free wedding to offer as much help as possible. Here’s what to keep in mind!

A dry wedding truly is an event that’s totally void of alcohol. That means no open bar, no happy hour, no champagne toast. Not a drop of booze on-site for the big day. Not even for the bride, groom, or wedding party!

What is an alcohol-free wedding? (aka a dry wedding?)

Choosing to not serve alcohol is largely a personal choice for many couples. However, there are plenty of popular reasons. Some couples simply want everyone to remain sober, and that can be even more of a desire if they’re expecting a lot of kids to be at their wedding.

Why do couples decide to have an alcohol-free wedding?

How do we inform our guests that we’re having a dry wedding reception?

Rather than placing this info on your wedding invitations, you can note your plans to have an alcohol-free wedding on your wedding website, or you can ask your wedding party and close family members to help you to spread the word well in advance.

Will guests be upset if we don’t serve alcohol?

Some people might be disappointed to not be able to enjoy their idea of a full experience. But that’s the key thing to keep in mind: drinking is their idea of a good time. If it’s not yours, honor your own wishes! It’s your wedding after all.

What can we serve if we’re not serving alcohol?

Instead of serving wine, beer, liquor, or spirits, most people hosting a dry wedding will serve non-alcoholic choices such as soda, juice, iced tea, and water. Items like flavored seltzers, lemonades, and fruit-infused water can be fun and refreshing for spring and summer weddings.

Absolutely! Booze is not a requirement to have fun at any event, and that includes a wedding. Consider booking a great band or DJ that’s known for bringing lots of energy and fun to dance floors. Even though people are sober, they can have just as much fun!

Will guests still have fun if they’re not drinking?

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