A glass of champagne for the happiness of the newlyweds, strong drinks at a banquet — it’s hard to imagine a wedding without these familiar attributes. But alcohol-free weddings have begun to appear more often: some people take care of their health and want to convey their position to guests, while others experiment with unusual wedding formats. We are sure that you can have fun and delight your guests without alcohol! If for some reason you decide to have an alcohol-free wedding, then read the tips Chanfashion and our selection of interesting soft drink recipes.
Tips for an Alcohol-Free Wedding
Consider the guest list
You need to understand that in our latitudes a non-alcoholic wedding is a decisive and unexpected step for some of the guests. Not everyone will agree to such an experiment. Go over your guest list carefully and think about how many people might take this idea seriously. Nevertheless, since you want to share this important day with dear people, you need to take care of their comfort.
Be prepared for criticism
Only if you are surrounded by categorically non-drinking people will it be possible to completely avoid discontent, especially from the adult generation. The main thing is to take criticism from the invitees calmly and explain your position without turning the conversation into a quarrel.
Explain to guests the reasons
Surely, something prompted you to arrange an alcohol-free wedding: perhaps it was a concern for health or a desire to show that you can have fun without doping 🙂 Bring your idea to the guests, and not just put it before the fact. Surely, after a correct explanation of the reasons for such a decision, there will be fewer dissatisfied people.
Attention to the menu
If you don’t plan to treat guests with alcoholic drinks, then you need to feed them decently 🙂 Pay more attention to compiling a wedding menu, but try not to go off the rails with experimental dishes: it’s better to reduce the risk that guests will not like the treats, but with unusual food happens. We advise you to concentrate on the classics with a beautiful presentation — it will be spectacular and guaranteed to be delicious.
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You can have fun without alcohol, and an incendiary presenter with a well-thought-out entertainment program will greatly simplify this task! At a meeting with a specialist, focus on the fact that strong drinks are not planned on the menu — he must take this into account when choosing competitions and compiling a program.
If you understand that most guests will not appreciate the idea of an alcohol-free wedding, you can partially implement this idea by giving up only strong drinks. Replace vodka and cognac with wine and sangria, leave champagne for solemnity or replace it with a non-alcoholic option. Still, some people do not imagine such an important event without alcohol, and lighter drinks will reduce the degree of the event and not cause such a sharp negative.
Engage guests with an alternative
Of course, adult guests may rebel when they see only mineral water and ordinary packaged juice on the tables. However, if you offer a menu of original mocktails and punch with an interesting presentation and unusual taste, then there will be much less dissatisfaction. Focus on the look of drinks and offbeat ingredients so guests don’t feel like they’ve been skimped on or overlooked.
Interesting soft drink ideas
Let’s move on to the main thing — what drinks to serve guests at a wedding without alcohol? These ideas are suitable not only for a non-alcoholic wedding, but also for a classic celebration. And yet, all the recipes from our selection are simple enough to delight yourself with them at home without much reason!
A mocktail is a non-alcoholic version of classic cocktails or a new recipe. The preparation is very simple, and the main secret is in an elegant serving, which would be suitable for an expensive bar 🙂
Ingredients per serving:
Soda — 170 ml
Raspberry syrup — 20 gr
Ice — half a glass
Grapefruit juice — 60 ml
Mix grapefruit juice with raspberry syrup in a separate glass. Fill a glass for serving with ice halfway, add a mixture of juice and syrup on top, pour soda. Serve with mint leaves or red grapefruit zest.
A classic of the summer menu, without which no hot wedding can do! There are a lot of recipe options: from classic lemonade with citrus fruits to interesting mixes — for example, pear lemonade with sage. His recipe and we will tell below.
The recipe is lemonade
Ingredients per serving:
Pear juice — 150 ml
Soda — 75 ml
Sage, fresh — 7 gr
Ice to taste
Cut a lime quarter into slices and place with sage in a tall glass to serve. Then add crushed ice: it can be made in a food processor or crushed with a kitchen hammer, after wrapping the ice in a towel. Add a couple of tablespoons of prepared ice to the bottom of the glass and mash it up, then pour the rest into the glass all the way to the rim. Pour in 150 ml of pear juice and sparkling water. Garnish the lemonade with a lime or mint sprig.
Recipe author Natalia Sotnikova
What could be healthier than freshly squeezed juice on a wedding menu? There are a lot of recipe options: from classic orange to tropical mango or pineapple. We suggest making fresh juice with an interesting combination of apples, melons and honey. The recipe is nowhere simpler: wash and peel the fruit from the peel and seeds, cut into small pieces and send to the juicer. Mix juice with honey to taste. A wonderful summer combination that also improves metabolism.
Smoothies are yet another proof that a healthy diet can also be insanely delicious 🙂 We suggest you try the blueberry-banana smoothie. The recipe is very simple: dip a frozen banana into a blender, add half a glass of orange juice and yogurt, and a quarter cup of blueberries. Blend until smooth and enjoy a healthy drink. You can decorate smoothies with fresh berries and fruits.
Milkshakes will appeal to both adults and children. In addition to the classic strawberry, chocolate or vanilla milkshake recipes, there are more exotic options. Chanfashion offers to treat guests to a coconut milkshake with cardamom.
Ingredients for 6 servings:
100 gr coconut pulp
1 liter of milk
50 gr cane sugar
10 pcs. cardamom
Cut the coconut pulp into small pieces and put in a blender, add 100 ml of water there and beat until puree. After that, pour a liter of milk into a saucepan, add sugar, mix, and then add coconut puree. There also add cardamom, previously slightly crushed in a mortar. Milk with coconut should be brought almost to a boil, removed from the stove and set to cool for 20 minutes. Strain the cooled mass through a sieve and beat in a blender until foamy — the coconut milkshake is ready!
At a non-alcoholic wedding, it is not at all necessary to refuse champagne, because it also comes with zero strength. And we’re not talking about children’s champagne 🙂 Modern producers allow you to enjoy the refined taste of sparkling wine and not suffer from a hangover the next morning — you should use such a chance!
To add a touch of sophistication, champagne glasses can be garnished with strawberries, and a cotton candy garnish will wow your sweet-toothed guests.
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In winter, you want to warm up, but alcoholic mulled wine is not the only option 🙂 We will tell you a recipe for a non-alcoholic orange-cranberry punch for a winter wedding.
Ingredients for 10 servings:
3 cups cranberry juice
3 glasses of orange juice
Glass of water
Spices: ground cinnamon, ground ginger, nutmeg
Half a glass of sugar
Combine juices, water and spices in a saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat. After that, reduce the heat to medium and simmer for about 5 minutes more — the punch is ready! When serving, you can garnish with fresh cranberries, orange slices and mint.
Slush is a fairly popular cold drink with ice whipped to a thick, smooth consistency. The base can be anything: juices, cola, water with syrup. At a hot wedding, we suggest trying a summer hit — watermelon slush.
watermelon slush recipe
10 cups frozen watermelon
3 tsp maple syrup
Juice of one large lime
1.5 cups filtered water
Before preparing the drink, you need to cut the watermelon into cubes and send it to the freezer for at least a day. When you decide to start making slush, take out the watermelon and leave it for 10–15 minutes at room temperature. Place the watermelon, lime juice, maple syrup, and water (you can also add fresh mint for flavor) into the bowl of a blender and blend until smooth and thick. Add more water or syrup if needed.
A must-have at the wedding of real coffee lovers 🙂 You can organize a separate area with a coffee machine or a barista, where guests can treat themselves to coffee and decorate their drink with various toppings and spices. The area with Turkish coffee will be interesting for guests, as its preparation looks impressive: Turkish coffee boils thanks to hot sand, without open fire. What you need if you like oriental motifs and want to embody them at your wedding.
An ideal way to warm up the sweet tooth at a wedding is hot chocolate 🙂 A cool solution would be to arrange a special separate area where guests can choose the filling for their drink, decorate it with nuts or marshmallows, and also take cookies for a snack. In addition to classic recipes, we advise you to try a couple of unusual options at a wedding banquet: for example, hot chocolate with pepper, mint or white chocolate with berries.
Mulled wine is a drink without which it is difficult to imagine a winter wedding 🙂 Hot wine with fragrant spices beckons in the cold season, but we suggest serving a non-alcoholic version at the wedding.
non-alcoholic mulled wine recipe
Ingredients for 4 servings:
Orange and lemon zest — 2 tablespoons each
Grape juice — 3 cups
half an apple
Raisins — 2 tablespoons
Spices: cinnamon (1 tsp), cloves (½ tsp), cardamom (a pinch), dried ginger (a pinch).
Pour grape juice and water into a saucepan, add the rest of the ingredients and cook over low heat, stirring and not boiling. Then leave the mulled wine for 5 minutes to brew under the lid and start tasting 🙂
A cold coconut drink served right in the nut shell will be an indispensable delicacy at a tropical wedding! You can decorate it not only with flowers or original tubes, but also with a burnt monogram of your wedding or funny and romantic inscriptions.
A pleasant way to refresh yourself and enjoy the unusual taste of such a familiar drink as tea. How about serving strawberry ice tea with mint and hibiscus to your guests?
iced tea recipe
4 tsp dried mint tea leaves
4 teaspoons of dried hibiscus
2 tsp dried red tea leaves
8 cups of boiling water
Juice of 1 lemon
One third of a glass of honey
500 grams of strawberries
Dried tea leaves of three types pour boiling water and leave for 15 minutes. After that, pour the tea through a sieve into another container, squeezing the leaves to get the maximum aroma. Let the drink cool to room temperature, and then put it in the refrigerator.
Meanwhile, place the strawberries, lemon juice and honey in a blender and puree until smooth. If you don’t like the texture of strawberry seeds, rub the puree through a fine sieve. Add puree to cold tea, stir well, add ice and garnish with thinly sliced strawberries.
Don’t forget that putting together a food and drink menu is just one step on the road to the perfect wedding, and there’s so much more to come! In order not to get lost in the avalanche of pre-wedding affairs, go to our Online planner: we have outlined for you all the most important tasks and left tips that will help you with the organization.