8 Tips To Prepare For Your Alcohol Free Wedding
In Western culture, alcohol is often seen as an integral part of a wedding celebration and indeed many other social occasions. If you are a non-drinker, however, there is no need to feel pressured into providing it for guests on your big day. Weddings can be beautiful, fun-filled and last all through the night…without a drop of drink (or the embarrassing behaviours and next day hangovers!)
Here are 8 tips for preparing your dry wedding:
1. Pick An Exciting Theme
There really is no limit when it comes to quirky wedding themes and the more interesting the better, especially when it comes to booze-free weddings. By incorporating a unique or exciting theme – Disney, Game of Thrones, or super heroes, to name a few – you will keep your guest’s attention away from alcohol while putting your own personal spin on the day.
2. Advise Guests In Advance
Make sure to alert your guests to the no alcohol policy well in advance to avoid any surprises (or already-tipsy aunts arriving!). You may be surprised at how many people like the idea, and you could also be doing some guests a favour – including pregnant women and those abstaining due to addiction.
3. Choose An Alcohol-Free Venue
Making sure you choose a great, alcohol-free venue ensures there is no temptation for your guests. It also sets the tone from the start so that booze won’t even be on the radar. Woodland settings, amusement parks and some public buildings are just a few options.
4. Fire Up The Entertainment
With the right entertainment, there will be no need for anyone to feel like they are missing out at a dry wedding. Invest in a quality DJ, plan a fantastic music play-list, screen your favourite films on a projector, or get everyone laughing by hiring a comedian.
5. Include Family Friendly Activities
Including kids and families in your wedding is a great way to lighten the mood and keep things lively. Get everyone involved in the fun with board games, face painting and balloon making!
Mocktails are a delicious way to enjoy all the flavour of a cocktail without the boozy after effects. If your budget won’t stretch to hiring a bartender, it’s easy to make your own. Try sparkling lemon, elderflower and mint or a mixed fruit punch for starters.
7. Make It Personal
Many people hold the mistaken belief that life is boring without alcohol. Prove them wrong by incorporating parts of your sober lifestyle into your wedding. Whether it’s fitness, art, spirituality, music or any other personal interest, bringing this into the theme is a great way to individualize the day and show others that alcohol is not necessary for a good time.
8. Keep Things Moving
The best way to prepare for a dry wedding is to plan ahead. Many people may feel more reserved without a drink in hand – place ice breakers or jokes on each table, schedule announcements for the entertainment and activities, and keep the conversation flowing. It won’t be long before everyone relaxes and gets stuck into the celebrations.
By Abby Williams, Excalibur Press