'We just don't want to bother with alcohol': Bride-to-be shares plans for water-only reception

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  • Couples are always trying to get on with the latest wedding trends.
  • One that emerged last year is 'Dry Weddings', where no alcohol is served.
  • This couple received online backlash for wanting to serve guests water at their wedding.

A trend that began last year has been dividing friends and families. It is called a dry wedding, where no alcohol is served. Usually, at these types of weddings, other beverages such as fizzy drinks, juice or non-alcoholic champagne are served to guests. This couple, however, is planning to serve water to their guests. She didn't think this would be a problem because she says people drink water daily anyway, but Reddit users disagreed with her decision.

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Taking to Reddit, the bride-to-be let platform users know that she and her husband are getting married later in the year and that there will be around 100-150 people attending. "My husband and I are paying for this all ourselves, as well as my grandma, who said she doesn't care one way or the other on this issue. She just loves weddings." She mentioned they have a lot of children in their family, so they decided against making the wedding child-free and instead made it a dry wedding. "So, there will be no alcohol of any kind at our wedding." She says this decision has nothing to do with the children but that she and her husband don't drink.

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"We only really drink water. We rarely, if ever, drink soda, so most of the time, it's only water with the occasional juice and milk. We don't even drink coffee." She added that the food is going to be expensive for that many people. "We are having our wedding catered, so everyone will have a good choice of food to choose from, but only water will be provided to drink. We don't want to have to pay for alcohol or soda; it's just a large added expense when we can just do filtered water for a much cheaper cost." She says her friends and family found out and got angry, but some were okay with the decision.

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"Some say I can just have an open bar, so I don't have to pay for drinks. We could, but still, have to pay for the bartender, and we just don't want to bother with alcohol there." She says others say they should at least have soda because how can they expect everyone only to drink water? "The kids will be upset. The wedding will be boring, and this is how weddings work." She asked users of the platform if she was wrong for her choice because people drink water every day anyway. "Should we pay extra to have soda to make the family happy?"

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Users of the platform flooded the comment section to share their opinion on the couple's decision, with most people disagreeing with the couple and making jokes.

"I hope that in 20 years everyone will be saying, 'You remember that wedding we had to smuggle in a 2 litre of Pepsi?'"

Another added that the guests will drink alcohol but not be present at the wedding. "Half of the guests will be in the parking [lot] during the reception, drinking cans of soda and juice etc. out of the trunk of someone's car and leave after dinner." Another added that there is already a WhatsApp group where people are planning on bringing alcohol. "They are planning who is bringing the cups, who is bringing the ice, who is bringing what booze and who is bringing mixers."

Sources: Reddit

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