Each Wednesday, we tackle wedding etiquette. At times, it’s a reader question or one from a colleague, friend or family member and other times we’ll cover a popular issue. (Note: Questions may be edited for clarity and brevity.)
Question: We are currently working on the food and beverage element of our wedding. There are a lot of people on my side who don’t drink for religious reasons and on my fiancé’s side who are in recovery. We’d love to offer them something festive to drink besides soda, so they can feel included and take part in the toasts with something more fun (and tasty) than water or cola. What can we serve wedding guests who are teetotalers?
Answer: It’s thoughtful of you to think of your non-drinking loved ones. These days, bartenders are coming up with a variety of fun and festive mocktails that are an excellent (and covert, if that’s your preference) alternative to alcoholic beverages. There also are a slew of non-alcoholic beers and spirits, and some alcohol removed wines on the market. Simply ask your planner to include this conversation in the meeting with your beverage vendors/bartenders or include it yourself if you are planning on your own. If you are having a signature drink created for the event, often the bartender can craft both alcoholic and non-alcoholic versions. A mocktail cheers to you and your fiancé for thinking ahead!
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