The bar is usually the most popular spot at any wedding reception. But for guests who don’t drink alcohol, it can be a bit of a downer to be stuck with sodas and water. As a teetotaller, I’m usually one of those guests myself and I always appreciate being able to opt for a fun mocktail or other booze-free refreshment at a party instead. Maybe you’re planning on a dry reception or just want to cater to loved ones who don’t drink, including children. Either way, it’s easy to elevate these drinks with a bit of creativity, flair, and pretty glassware. In fact, with the right presentation, you may find your dry bar is the hit of the night! Here are some delicious non-alcoholic wedding bar ideas to inspire you.
Italian soda bar. Italian sodas are a classic sweet drink made from soda water mixed with flavored syrup and cream (optional). They make a fun and colorful addition to your wedding reception and will be a hit with kids and adults alike! Be sure to have a number of flavors available, so guests can customize their drinks, and provide some basic instructions to get them started.
Old-fashioned lemonade stand. It’s hard to go wrong with lemonade for a summer wedding! For a vintage touch, build a lemonade stand from upcycled shipping pallets or set up your bar atop a wooden table. Serve a variety of different lemonades such as raspberry or mint, as well as fruity water infusions, from large retro Kilner containers. Also, don’t forget a basket of fresh lemons to finish off the look!
Signature mocktails. Your signature drinks don’t have to be alcoholic! For example, there are plenty of virgin favorites like piña coladas and daiquiris to work with, or ask your bar manager to get creative. There are also lots of non-alcoholic botanical spirits on the market now, making it easier than ever to serve delicious mocktails customized to suit your tastes and personalities.
Kombucha bar. Kombucha is the current “it” drink and it works just as well mixed into cocktails or as a non-alcoholic beverage. Serve it on tap or in bottles or hire a kombucha mixologist to come along and work their magic. Your guests will love it!
Coconut water stand. If you’re planning a beach or tropical destination wedding, you don’t have to serve boozy drinks at cocktail hour. Instead, opt for cooling coconut water served from freshly shucked coconuts. You can also add little tags and have them double as an alternative to escort cards.
Sparkling cider. Having a cider bar will add a festival vibe to your reception, even if it’s non-alcoholic. You can make the bar self-serve by providing bottles on ice or a keg. Make it more interesting by also providing juices like blackberry or cranberry, which guests can mix in, and a selection of garnishes.
I can’t wait to see some of these non-alcoholic wedding bar ideas in action! Sip sip hooray!
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