- My FAV: Schedule a morning or midday reception with just a signature fruity cocktail like Mimosas or "Someshay" (which is something I make up myself). Another option is to hold the reception on a Sunday night, when guests are more likely to exercise restraint and the festivities can wind down by 10 p.m.
- Another simple tip is to close the bar during a seated dinner, and serve only wine and soft drinks.
- Skip the champagne toast: Let guests clink with whatever is in their glass, whether it's water, wine, a cocktail or Gatorade. Make sure, though, that no one's glass is empty.
- Be creative: Set up sangria bars or offer mocktails like tequila sunrises with flavored syrups. If you make it look pretty enough, most people will never ask "Where's the liquor?"
- When deciding on what role your friends and family will play in the wedding, make sure you appoint a designated "watcher." This person will keep an eye out for any guests who are getting overly drunk during the reception. Any good bartender will take notice too.
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