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Ask Kate: Non-Alcoholic Wedding

August 6, 2013

Kate Thompson has been offering heart-felt advice and sparklingly different wedding inspiration for ten years. She is married with two children, and often features in the national press. With her warm and caring nature and off-beat sense of humour, she'll answer every question with knowledgable insight and understanding to help and inspire or simply restore your peace of mind.


We are hoping to have a non alcoholic wedding day.  Our wedding breakfast is at the town hall and we have requested that no alcohol is served at the bar.  What is the best way to deal with this?  Do you think we need to warn people beforehand?  What sort of alternative drinks do you suggest?


I don’t think it would be necessary to inform your guests in advance. However, if you are sending out an information pack you may want to include it by saying something like – ‘Please note the reception venue does not have a license to serve alcohol, we hope you enjoy the alternative refreshments we have chosen for you’.

There are lots of wonderful alternatives to alcohol, one of my favourites is sparkling elderflower presse. With a look of champagne and a taste which is just as good, I’m sure you guests will be pleasantly surprised. You can buy it in most supermarkets.

You might want to include some alcohol free beer and the usual colas and fruit juices. For a special treat why not ask your caterer whether they could make up some non-alcoholic cocktails or mocktails as they are known?

Here are a few you might like to practice before the big day!

1oz grenadine
4oz orange juice
4oz pineapple juice

Angel Punch
2 quarts white grape juice
1 quart green tea
1pint lemon juice
8oz sugar syrup
2 bottles club soda

Baby Bellini
2oz peach nectar
1oz lemon juice
4oz apple juice

3oz cranberry juice
3oz mineral water
1oz lime juice

Buck’s Nursery Fizz
4oz orange juice
4oz ginger ale

2oz orange juice
2oz lemon juice
2oz pineapple juice

Coconut Cooler
2oz coconut milk
2oz lime juice
4oz sparkling lemonade

4oz cherry soda
1oz almond syrup
2oz chopped apples
2oz chopped peaches
2oz chopped pear

1 ½ oz passion fruit juice
8z orange juice

Good luck with your wedding!

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