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Whether it's for your own personal reasons or simply because your venue has a no alcohol policy, the fact that you've decided to have a dry wedding doesn't mean the party can't still be popping off. You just have to get a little more creative! From hiring professional dancers to setting up a booze-free drink station, these crafty ideas are sure to liven up the atmosphere and bring the fun all night long.
Set up a "What's Your Mood?" drink station
No alcohol? No problem! Celebrity wedding planner Brian Worley, co-founder of Your Bash!, recommends bringing in a mixologist and some of the most exotic combinations of fruit juices, mixes and garnishes. "Have each guest simply state the mood they're in and the mixologist will whip their own personal drink up." Sounds pretty awesome, right?
Try a coffee, cappuccino or espresso bar
Turns out, booze isn't the only way to provide a jolt of energy. Caffeine should do the trick, says Worley. "You can also do an interactive ice cream, fondue, dessert or milkshake bar with various gourmet flavors and a bartender mixing up custom drinks for everyone."
Get creative with entertainment
Providing interesting experiences and entertaining acts is guaranteed to give everyone something to talk about, notes celebrity wedding planner Andrea Freeman of Andrea Freeman Events. "I've seen everything from aerialists, zoo animals and fire breathers to caricature artists and personal poem writers," she tells us.
Hire some professionals
Liquid courage isn't a must when you have professional dancers to woo your guests out on the dance floor. "I think that, for most people, dancing in front of strangers is difficult with or without alcohol, but with the assistance of a few pros, your guests will want to shake their groove things," points out Worley. They can start with a performance and then invite your friends and family to join, adds Freeman.
Scatter themed disposable cameras around the reception
To get guests involved and up and on their feet, not to mention doing silly things, wrap disposable cameras in cute paper and assign a theme to each one, suggests Worley. Some should be inspirational, while others are downright funny (think capturing a kissing selfie or photographing someone doing a silly move on the dance floor).
Pass around a post-ceremony signature mocktail
People tend to get a little nervous when they're in a large group that they don't know well and often having something to sip on helps calm the nerves, explains Freeman. You can do his and hers mocktails and give them cutesy little names!