But just because I don't have alcohol doesn't mean my guests can't be happily quenched. I'll probably have a nice variety of non alcoholic beverages, including a signature punch, much like the signature drink other weddings also have. I'll have to play around, but when I come up with a recipe, I'll be sure to share. But it's worth noting that I love the look of orange slices floating in a punch bowl, so I'll probably use that.
Aside from the signature punch, I'm also going to have a selection of soft drinks, water, and if it's at all chilly, maybe some coffee. April is a hard to predict month, so we'll see when it gets closer to the wedding day. But I think by providing a nice variety of non alcoholic drinks, everybody will still be happy, and anybody who isn't, I can handwave away by blaming the venue.
I'm just glad this is such an easy step to take to save some money. By cutting out alcohol from the budget, I'm saving a pretty hefty chunk of change. And hey, if my guests really want to drink to celebrate, I'll do some research and find a nice bar in the area to suggest for after the reception. It might be fun to go to a bar with a few close friends later in the evening.