Pros and cons of an alcohol-free wedding

Pros and cons of an alcohol-free wedding

Considering an alcohol-free wedding can be stressful. We know that weddings are big parties and many guests will expect some drinks. We also know that you want your guests to have a good time. At the end of the day, however, it’s your special day and you’re free to do as you please.

Maybe you and your partner are not big drinkers or maybe you come from religious families who frown upon drinking. Whatever the reason, you have a tricky decision to make.

Here are some pros and cons of an alcohol-free wedding to help you make the best choice for you:


– Your expenses will be much lighter on the pocket 

Supplying all your guests with enough alcohol for the entire wedding can cost you a small fortune. You’ll also have to provide the drinks whether or not they consume all of it.

If you have an alcohol-free wedding, you save all of that money!

– There’s no risk of guests getting too tipsy 

Everybody has that one family member who tends to get a bit out of control with the drinks. There is always a risk of things getting out of hand when there are drinks involved.

Avoid all the potential shenanigans with an alcohol-free wedding.

– You can get creative 

There are tons of alternatives to alcohol, and the concept is not unheard of. Get creative with mocktails or other replacements. This is a chance for you to add more of your personality to your special day.

– Everyone gets home safely 

There will be no need for Uber, Taxify, or any other app. Guests will leave completely sober and will get home safely.


– The dance floor might be less lively 

Drinks do tend to lighten the mood; they definitely loosen your guests up more than anything else can. Without alcohol, there may be less mingling and dancing.

– No champagne toast 

Toasting to your marriage may be a bit weird without champagne.

– It’s against expectations 

Most guests expect to be served drinks at a wedding. This could lead to some disappointed or fidgety people in your audience.

Whatever you decide,  remember that this is your day!  You can do what you like. It is a good idea, however, to mention that the wedding is an alcohol-free zone on your invitation – if that’s the route you decide to take. It will save you a lot of unnecessary questions from guests on the big day.

There are in-between options too.  You don’t necessarily have to choose between zero alcohol or freely flowing drinks. A cash bar or a limited bar may also be possibilities to consider.

Also read: Open bar vs cash bar: what’s the difference?

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