Many couples choose to "go dry" for a variety of reasons that have nothing to do with shrinking a budget, whether that be due to religion, family mores, or simply not wanting to see Cousin Stu re-enact his favorite scenes from Animal House...again. We want to be very clear: Whatever the reason, there is no need to apologize in any way for not serving alcohol at your wedding. Here are some of our favorite ways to host a sober reception:

Color & Theme

There's no better way to serve mocktails than to associate their presence with a theme. Just because you are serving drinks sans alcohol doesn't mean your beverages table has to be bland. If there is a bold and predominant color at your reception, perhaps hire a bartender to create and serve a mocktail in a matching tone. Another idea is to serve iced teas, juices, and lemonades in a variety of colors or flavors in large glass jars. Dress them up with fresh fruit or sugar-rimmed glasses. Our  favorite option, appropriate for more casual receptions, is retro bottled sodas and seltzers. They, along with fun straws, can add a bit of whimsy and nostalgia that is often remembered fondly by guests.

It's That Time

If you are worried your guests won't enjoy a sober wedding, consider scheduling your ceremony and reception at a less traditional hour. Hosting a celebration before noon lessens the expectation that alcohol will be served and sets the tone for a non-traditional celebration. Plus, just think of all of the unique details you can include by orienting your celebration around breakfast or lunch instead of a formal dinner.

Our Favorite Recipes

Now that you have decided on a liquor-less reception, here are some of our favorite mocktail recipes that can stand up to the challenge. Both pretty and tasty, these recipes are guaranteed guest pleasers:

Raspberry Lemonade

Pretty and Easy Raspberry Lemonade
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1 (12 fluid ounce) can frozen raspberry lemonade concentrate

3 cups water

3/4 teaspoon lime juice

1 (12 fluid ounce) can or bottle of lemon-lime flavored carbonated beverage

1 cup crushed ice

1 cup fresh raspberries, garnish

Lemon slices for garnish

Virgin Cucumber Mojito

Virgin Cucumber Mojito
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1 individual packet of Mojito-flavored dry beverage mix

8 cups cold water

1 cucumber, peeled and sliced

3 cups ice cubes

Sorbet Soiree

Red Super Easy Bridal Shower Punch
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1 pint raspberry sorbet

1 (2 liter) bottle of lemon-lime soda