Many couples are opting for an alcohol free reception, some to save money, others just don’t want the headache of liability. And yes, you are responsible for the actions of your guests at the reception and after if they have been served alcohol. That means if you serve any type of alcohol and one of your guests is stopped for driving under the influence or heaven forbid, they are in an accident you can be sued. Count on it.
Unfortunately, many people who are invited to a wedding are under the impression that they are entitled to food, drink and entertainment and overlook the fact that they have been invited at the bride and groom’s pleasure. Wedding guests are entitled to zip. How much or how little is provided is entirely up to the bride and groom. Shame on the guest who has the nerve to complain they got chicken instead of prime rib and punch instead of merlot. With all this in mind here are two great alternatives to serving alcohol.
Coffee & Chai - Before you roll your eyes and give that “oh crap” sigh, read on. I’m not talking about stately cups of coffee and tea served in little china cups with cake and biscuits. I’m talking flavors, iced, whipped, frapped and served in Grande’ wine glasses; garnished with an assortment of chocolates, spices and candies or flavored spoons. Believe me this is not only an elegant look but it is delicious, refreshing and perfectly wonderful if you are having an afternoon reception of light hors d’oeuvre or desserts. It is as always in the presentation. With the vast amount of flavors available from Irish Cream to Banana Fanna your coffee drinks will make Starbucks jealous and serving double duty the flavors can also be used for Italian ice. (How international!)
Frozen Punch Drinks - You’ve heard of “virgin daiquiri, margarita and such… Well, here’s your chance to shine. Don’t tell a soul there is no alcohol and I swear you’ll have people who think they’re getting tipsy. Again, it’s all in the presentation. Check in daily I’m putting together a collection of great iced drinks you won’t want to miss.
Just remember this is your day, your party and you can do what you want. So fasten your seat belt Emily Post we’re in the 21st century!