When most people attend a wedding, they expect to be part of a beautiful day full of love, happiness, champagne toasts to the happy couple and a wedding reception with free-flowing booze.
Alcohol is a huge part of the wedding parcel for many. I mean, how else do you really loosen everyone up and get the dance floor heaving?
While most people would struggle to imagine a wedding reception without sipping champagne or a celebratory drink, it seems like more and more people are turning towards the idea of having a ‘dry wedding‘.
Online forum, Wedding Bee, originally posed the question via user, KaitlynRose30.
“So my fiance and I have been wedding planning like crazy and we are trying to decide if we really want alcohol at our wedding. The majority of his family can and will drink a TON, and things can escalate quickly. Meanwhile my family is fine without. What are your feelings on a dry wedding? We are aiming for a early afternoon wedding, small (50 people, mainly family). Like I said, the driving for is that his side of the family can’t always handle alcohol. Plus it can save money”
Understandably, users were totally divided in their replies.
Many people came out in support of the couple, saying things like “I say do it. People can survive an early afternoon party without a drink. Bonus points if you have delicious mocktails.”
“If it’s an afternoon wedding I can’t imagine anyone would be disappointed. Maybe including a champagne toast would be nice- no one can go overboard with one glass of champagne!”
Others, were more than unimpressed.
“I attended my first dry wedding a few weeks ago. Not a fan.”
“Truthfully, for me a little booze at a wedding makes the small talk and dancing a lot more fun. Of course I don’t “need” it but it does make the event more celebratory and enjoyable for the majority of people.”
“If I knew ahead of time it [a wedding] was dry, I’d probably RSVP No”
“Your real reason is that you just don’t want to host it because you don’t want to have to pay for it, which is perfectly reasonable and understandable.”
Whether a wedding is dry or alcohol-fuelled, we can’t help but be left thinking it’s all about the couple and what they want on their special day!