A dry wedding is simply a wedding where there’s no alcohol served. There are so many reasons for having a dry wedding and the reason doesn’t really matter. What matters the most to you is keeping everybody happy and having the best day ever.
While not serving alcohol is acceptable, not having beverages for your guests is not. Whether you’re hosting a full day of wedding fun or even just a wedding with a quick reception, your guests are going to get thirsty and you’ll be responsible to give them some options.
Having a Bar at a Dry Wedding
While a bar might seem counterintuitive if you’re hosting a dry wedding, it’s actually very practical and some may consider it mandatory. Your bar doesn’t need to be stocked with a full bar or even one single bottle of beer, but it should have ample amounts of water, soda, and other non-alcoholic options.
If you want to take it a step further, we suggest having some mocktails designed for your special day. Serve all drinks in traditional cocktail glasses with garnishments and come up with some clever names that perfectly capture the spirit of your relationship. That will leave your guests satisfied and smiling, for sure.
Suggestions for Dry Wedding Drink Recipes
Signature drinks are a huge trend for weddings, and they don’t need to have alcohol, they just need to be tasty. We’ve tried a few of them and love these.
Non-Alcoholic Marital Martini Recipe
This is a variation of a crisp appletini and a fresh sensation for anyone.
- 2 ounces fresh apple juice*
- ½ ounce simple syrup
- ¼ ounce lemon juice (fresh squeezed)
- Sugar for riming the glass, use lemon-flavored sugar for a little zip
- Garnish with a thin apple slice
- Rim a chilled martini glass with sugar
- Pour apple and lemon juice in a drink shaker with simple syrup and shake well
- Strain into the glass and garnish with your apple slice
- *Sparkling apple juice can be substituted for a more adult approach
Lavender-Lime Seltzer Recipe
This refreshing drink has a trendy vibe with gentle lavender notes. This recipe makes eight servings, so you’ll need to adjust accordingly.
Ingredients for Lavender Simple Syrup
- 4 Cups water
- 4 Cups sugar
- ¼ Cup dried lavender (make sure it’s edible grade)
Combine water and sugar and boil over medium heat until sugar dissolves, add lavender and steep 30 minutes, strain and cool before using. This is pretty easy to make ahead and keep on hand.
Ingredients for the Drink
- 3 Cups lime juice
- 2 ½ Cups sparkling water
- 8 lavender sprigs
Mix the drink lime juice and water with 2 ½ Cups lavender syrup and pour into a chilled martini glasses, garnish with lavender sprigs.
This mocktail recipe simply can’t be beat for its fresh flavors.
- 1 sprig fresh mint
- 3 slices of lime
- 1 Tablespoon agave nectar
- 6 ounces soda or seltzer water
- Add mint leaves and lime to a tumbler and muddle.
- Add sweetener, ice and soda water and combine
- Garnish with lime and mint
One final note on hosting a dry wedding, you might want to let your guests know beforehand that you won’t be serving alcohol. You know your friends and family best and can decide if a little heads up is appropriate or not.
This is your special day, whatever decisions you make about when, where, and how to host it are yours to make and will all lead you to the day of your dreams. If you’re also dreaming about a destination wedding, connect with us at Bella Honeymoons and we’ll help you have the best day of your life.