Imbibe in moderation. Sober receptions are becoming more common, reception staffs and caterers are great resources for ideas on hosting a refreshing, non-alcoholic reception.
It’s tradition to raise your glass and toast the newlyweds at the reception. Don’t leave your non-drinkers high and dry. There are a variety of sparkling beverages that make splendid champagne alternatives such as sparkling ciders and juices. Offer a selection of fruit nectars and juices, sparkling cider, punch, sodas or cappuccinos. Toasting with a class of water, tea or coffee doesn’t work and is not proper etiquette.
Try one of these tantalizing cocktails: Ginger Cider Fuzz (a mix of cider, apricot nectar, club soda and ginger) or Sparkling Apple-Grape Punch (a mix of sparkling apple-grape, nectar and chunks of fresh fruit).
Here are some other suggestions: Water (bottled, sparkling, flavored, mineral, etc.), Tea (feel free to experiment with iced teas as well – add berries or garnish with mint leaves. Mint ice tea is soothing for nervous stomachs, while a sip of lavender tea promotes calmness.), Coffee (mochas, lattes, cappuccino, espresso.
Finding exotic varieties of coffee is easy these days), Non-alcoholic beers and wines, Juices and/or smoothies (including blended protein drinks or other exotic beverages available at your local health food store), Punch, Soda (including caffeinated and decaffeinated colas, root beers and “un-colas”), Floats (malts, shakes or any other ice-cream drink), Exotic, non-alcoholic drinks (“virgin” cocktails such as pina coladas and bloody marys – don’t forget Shirley Temples and Roy Rogers for the kids).
IMPORTANT: Proper etiquette says that during a toast “to” the Bride and Groom, the couple should NEVER stand, raise their glasses, and drink to themselves. They should thank the toasters or at least smile and graciously nod. They are not obliged to propose a toast in return.
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