If you’re planning on serving alcohol at your wedding, it’s important that you do it right! Here’s what you need to know:
- Alcohol is expensive. It’s probably going to cost more than the food and the wedding cake combined.
- Guests drink a lot at weddings. A LOT!
- People expect alcohol to be free and abundant. You don’t have to have an open bar, but many guests come to expect it.
Do you HAVE to serve alcohol at your wedding? The answer is absolutely not.
Dry weddings are fairly common, especially among people whose religious beliefs forbid them from drinking. You don’t have to serve alcohol, but you can get away with serving things like:
- Virgin cocktails
- Sparkling water
- Cider (the non-alcoholic kind)
If you’re going for a dry wedding, you should inform your guests ahead of time. They need to know what to expect, and a lack of alcohol is not something you want them to find out when they arrive.
Now, SHOULD you serve alcohol at your wedding? That is a harder question to answer…
Overdrinking at weddings can be a serious problem. Countless weddings have been ruined by guests who have shown up already a bit tipsy, drank through the ceremony, and then did something stupid during the reception.
If you want to avoid trouble, it may be a good idea to limit the amount of alcohol served. You may not need to have a dry wedding, but there are many options to consider in order to reduce the risk of people getting tipsy or drunk. To eliminate a lot of the most common wedding SNAFUs, you should consider alternatives to open bars.
In Part 2, we’ve got a few solutions for you…
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