Despite more and more couples opting for alcohol-free weddings, the idea of a dry wedding has some people turning their noses up. There is an unspoken expectation in many circles that going to a wedding entitles you to a night of free booze. And while for some people this is the case, for others, they are choosing not to serve alcoholic beverages. There are numerous benefits to choosing not to serve alcohol, here are some of them.
No Alcohol. No Drunk Driving.
Your guests will be more likely to get home safely and quickly if they’re not drinking, and you’ll have one less thing to worry about on the day of your wedding. Drunk driving is a real issue and it’s important not to take it lightly. Drinking just one drink can impair your senses enough to make it dangerous for you to drive. This is one of the reasons that many couples are choosing not to serve alcohol. They want all their guests to get home in one piece.
Better if You’re in Recovery
For couples where one or both of them is in recovery from drug or alcohol addiction, a dry wedding can be a lifesaver. Without the temptation of alcohol around them, they can be free to enjoy their big day without wondering if they will slip up or not. If you’ve gone through rehab in Utah, Colorado, or in nearby New Mexico, you know how much time and money was invested into starting your recovery journey. Serving alcohol at your wedding is not necessary, and a dry wedding can help you on your new sober lifestyle.
Another benefit to choosing a dry wedding is that it’s healthier. Perhaps the most obvious is that you and your guests will be healthier. Alcohol can lead to addiction, which can have negative effects on both personal relationships and careers. Drinking excessively also increases the risk of liver damage, dehydration, hangovers, and other negative health problems.
While it’s easy to see how unhealthy alcohol consumption is for individuals who drink regularly or even occasionally, many people don’t realize that they have been drinking too much until they experience these negative effects firsthand—which means lots of people get caught up in an unhealthy cycle without realizing what they’re doing wrong or how they’re hurting themselves in the long run.
Lower Price Tag
One way to save big money on your wedding is to avoid serving alcohol. Alcoholic beverages are expensive and some couples can easily spend tens of thousands of dollars on liquor for their guests. Plus you won’t need to pay extra for bartenders and servers who are qualified to serve alcohol and you won’t need to pay any added insurance costs associated with serving alcohol at an event. This lower price tag can help you put funds into other areas like a great honeymoon or even a down payment on a house.
More Family Friendly
If you have guests who plan to bring children, a dry wedding is much more family-friendly. You don’t need to worry as much about adults getting drunk and doing inappropriate things during the reception and you don’t need to worry if any of the young people get their hands on the champagne. Instead, offering beverages that everyone can enjoy will ensure that the whole family can attend and enjoy your big day.
Easier for Guests to Attend
You might have heard the argument that a dry wedding will leave your guests bored and disappointed, but this is not true. While alcohol does help to make people more social, it’s not necessary for a good time. In fact, you may be surprised at how many guests will actually prefer your dry wedding—the same way that some people are allergic to nuts or dairy products, some people don’t drink because they’re aware of how much damage it can cause to their body.
Mocktails are fun and non-alcoholic drinks. A lot of people find mocktails more delicious than regular drinks because they’re made in creative ways with fresh ingredients that really enhance the flavor of the drink. You can even make mock Jello shots just for fun with your friends. You can offer a variety of drinks that don’t include alcohol but that you have created just for your big day. They can be made with juice, soda, or alcohol-free beer or wine.